1. German pavilion at HKTDC Education & Careers Expo 2015 HKTDC Education & Careers Expo 2015
  2. Hörsaal einer deutschen Universität German universities are popular with international students
  3. Marienburg Castle - Region of Hannover (aerial photo) "Germany tourism set for another record year"
German pavilion at HKTDC Education & Careers Expo 2015

HKTDC Education & Careers Expo 2015

The 25th HKTDC Education & Careers Expo will be open to the public, with free admission, from 5 February to 8 February 2015 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. More than 700 exhibitors from various countries and regions will be expected in the Expo. The Consulate General, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Goethe-Institut Hongkong will jointly take part in the Expo again with a shared German pavilion "Study in Germany". While the Consulate General will hold a seminar on the Working Holiday Scheme in Germany, the DAAD will showcase a variety of study programmes from summer courses to postgraduate research programmes at German universities, as well as provide information about scholarship opportunities. Representatives of German universities will also be present and hold seminars to introduce their study programmes.

Hörsaal einer deutschen Universität

German universities are popular with international students

The high quality of education and research, modern teaching and learning methods, simple and transparent admission procedures and good advisory services are attracting young people to Germany from around the world. This has been confirmed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) which questioned 11,000 students from abroad in a survey. In the winter semester 2013/14 there were around 300,000 international students registered at the universities – more than ever before. This makes Germany the most popular host country for overseas students, following the USA and Britain. Special programmes, such as the DAAD scholarship and supervision programme Stibet, are designed to help the guests find their feet in Germany. The Federal Foreign Office has dedicated some 7.5 million euros to this programme alone. (© www.deutschland.de)

Marienburg Castle - Region of Hannover (aerial photo)

"Germany tourism set for another record year"

Germany’s tourist sector is expecting a fifth consecutive record year. In the first ten months in 2014, the number of overnight stays in the nation's accommodation establishments rose to 370.9 million, among which 65.3 million were overseas visitors, compared with the same period last year. In the full year of 2013 the number was around 411 million. Germany has thus become a leading tourist destination in Europe und ranks before Spain and Italy. Most of the tourists travel to Bavaria and Baden-Wuerttemberg, followed by North Rhein-Westphalia, Lower-Saxony and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. (© www.dw.de)

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Working, training and studying in Germany

Germany is an attractive immigration destination. This country is open to qualified professionals, students and researchers moving here from all over the world. 

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Germany continues to attract talent and investment and takes first position in 2014's Nation Brands Index

According to the "Nation Brands Index 2014" by the nation branding expert Simon Anholt and the market research institute GfK, Germany performed, as in previous years, outstandingly well as one of the world's strongest and most well-rounded nations. Having scored a second place last year, Germany came out on top this year, for the second time in the ten-year history of the Anholt-GfK Nation Brands Index. Germany achieved a consistently positive rating. As expected, the global perception of Germany's sporting excellence has risen significantly after Germany won the 2014 FIFA World Cup. But Germany also enjoys strong gains in areas of honest and competent governance, investment climate and social equality.

The report, which measures the strength and attractiveness of the image of 50 nations, is based on interviews of a total of 20,000 adults in 20 countries.

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Poll: Germany retains positive image

Germany’s image in the world remains positive. In a poll conducted annually in 24 countries, Germany has maintained its position as the country with the most positive influence in the world in 2014...

Fall of the Berlin Wall

25 Years of the Fall of the Wall

November 9, 1989, the day on which the Berlin Wall fell, marked the climax of a trend that was similar to a revolution and in which the citizens of the GDR played the main role. Some, because they did everything in their power to leave a state that refused to grant them the freedom to travel and who by occupying embassies abroad forced the authorities into allowing them to leave, and others because they proclaimed in no uncertain terms that they wished to stay in the GDR. However, they also demanded fundamental reforms, which the regime could not agree to without setting its downfall in motion. Given this assault on two fronts, despite massive security measures the GDR collapsed like a house of cards in the space of just a few months. This paved the way for the division of Germany to be overcome and for the country to be reunited on October 3, 1990.

"Liberty Train"

Liberty Train –The Journey of Christian Bürger

30 September 1989: Over 4,000 people squeeze into the gardens of the West German Embassy in Prague. The West German Foreign Minister Hans Dietrich Genscher addresses them: “We’re here today to tell you that today your emigration …”

Gedenkjahr 2014 - 1. Weltkrieg

The First World War

A flood of books is the first herald of a special period of commemoration: since the beginning of 2013, more than 110 books dealing with World War One (1914-1918) have been published or announced. Australian historian Christopher Clark’s bestseller “The Sleepwalkers” caused quite a stir and has sparked renewed debate about who was to blame for the First World War. Over the next few years, the European dimension, causes and effects of the Great War will be explored in numerous national and international commemorative events, exhibitions and projects, details of which can be found on the website http://100-jahre-erster-weltkrieg.eu. Read also the article by Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War one hundred years ago.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier

"Europe needs to stand up to extremism" – article by Foreign Minister Steinmeier in the Frankfurter Rundschau

In an article in the Frankfurter Rundschau published on 2 July 2014, as the constituent part-session of the newly elected European Parliament gets under way, Foreign Minister Steinmeier calls for the introduction of a threshold in European elections and a resolute response to anti-Semitism and xenophobia.

German winner Karen Jessen at “EcoChic Design Award 2013”

German fashion designer came out on top at EcoChic Design Award competition

The EcoChic Design Award 2013, a sustainable fashion design competition, took place between 13 January and 15 January 2014 on the occasion of this year's Hong Kong Fashion Week. German fashion designer Karen Jessen stood out among eight finalists from around Asia and Europe by claiming two of the three main awards.

Naming ceremony of the container vessel "Cap San Augustin" in the presence of Consul General Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff (second from left) and his wife Marcie Gräfin Lambsdorff (left)

Naming ceremony of container vessel "Cap San Augustin" in the presence of Consul General Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff

On Friday, 29 November 2013, the container vessel sailing under German flag "Cap San Augustin" was christened. "Cap San Augustin" belongs to the German shipping company "Hamburg Süd". The naming ceremony took place in the presence of the German Consul General in Hong Kong, Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff, and his wife Marcie Gräfin Lambsdorff.

Time and weather in Germany

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The Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs

Federal Foreign Minister Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier

The Consul General

Consul General Graf Lambsdorff

Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff

The Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Hong Kong has been headed by Consul General Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff since July 2013.

Notice of Visa and Consular Section

Please note that neither mobile phones nor suitcases/big bags are allowed into the Visa and Consular Section.

Quota for Working Holiday Scheme has been increased to 300

The Consulate General is pleased to announce that due to high demand, the quota for the Working Hoilday Scheme for the period of 1 July 2014 until 30 June 2015 has been increased to 300.

For information regarding the global security advice by the Federal Foreign Office

Germany Links

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The Consulate General has compiled a list of useful links for a better understanding of Germany:

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Video Archive

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Dresden Flies the Flag for Openness and Tolerance

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Season's Greetins from the German Foreign Office

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Schwibbögen: a Christmas woodcraft from the Erzgebirge mountains

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Frohes Fest und guten Rutsch

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The club scene of Berlin

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It's the World Wide Web's 25th anniversary - so what does the Internet mean to Germans?

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The baking diploma for non-Germans

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Destination Germany: Climbing in the Sächsische Schweiz

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CrossCulture: Intercultural Dialogue with the Islamic World

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Genscher and the Refugees at the Prague Embassy in 1989

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Stumbling Blocks - Commemorate Nazi Victims

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“Made in Germany” – The Future of the Brand

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Destination Germany: Sailing in Brandenburg

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Learning German at PASCH schools

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A World Cup Living Room in your Local Football Stadium

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Saving the Angkor Wat Temple Complex Anmoderation: The

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Commemorating the fall of the Berlin wall 25 years ago

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The Golden Letter from Myanmar

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21st International Festival of Animated Film in Stuttgart

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Comedy in Germany

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Berlinale 2014 – European Film Market sets a new record

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Food Safety in Germany - One Focus of Green Week 2014

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German Beer - Centuries of Tradition

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Christmas Markets – a German Tradition

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Germany celebrates 40 years as a member of the UN

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Elections in Germany

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Best of Germany: Riesling Wine

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Castle Country

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Excellence Initiative

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Studying in Germany

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Berlinale 2013

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