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Visit to Kiel University

Director Shen, head of the Education Division, visited the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany's northernmost State University, in March this year. He was received by the vice president Prof. Dr. Frank Kempken, Dr. Martina Schmode, the head of the international office, and Prof. Dr. Angelika Messner, the head of the university’s China Center. The China Center offers language and intercultural training with a focus on preparing students and scientists for contact and ongoing interaction with Chinese-speaking partners. Similarly the university’s Key Skills Center offers a variety of courses to a wide range of students from different faculties to develop key skills, such as intercultural and professional communication.

Director Shen’s extensive visit included a tour of the campus, a lunch hosted by the vice president, and giving a presentation at the China Center. The discussions were very fruitful, exploring a range of new possibilities for future cooperation.

Kiel University was founded in 1665 with four faculties, namely, the Arts and Humanities; Theology; Law; and Medicine. Since then, four additional faculties have been established: Mathematics and Natural Sciences; Business, Economics and Social Sciences; Engineering; and Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences. More than 24,000 students, 391 professors, and about 2,000 scientists pursue their education, teach and do research in one of the eight faculties. The university offers 185 degree programs, in approximately 80 different areas, ranging from Agricultural Science to Zoology. Main research areas include marine science; nano-science; societal, environmental and culture change; and life science.