Culture and Education
Bilateral Cultural Relations
Cultural policy is an integral part of the German foreign policy, as it enables people of the most diverse backgrounds to meet. Its task is to build bridges to other cultures, promoting exchange and aiding understanding between people. In Hong Kong, the cultural work of the Consulate General is supported by various organisations. In 2009, the priority of our cultural relations policy was research and academic relations. To understand more, you may visit the following webpages:
The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research has held the prestigious "Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development" since 2009 and honours 25 young researchers each year. The 2017 Green Talents competition will focus on the theme of "Sustainable Production and Consumption", and award-winners will enjoy a two-week visit to German sustainability hot spots, individual appointments with experts and a fully financed research stay of up to three months in Germany. Deadline for submission is 23 May 2017. Become a Green Talent and promote your sustainability research in Germany!
Green Talents Award
Five hundred years ago, on 31 October 1517, legend has it that theology professor Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg.
The posting of these theses in Wittenberg marks the beginning of the Reformation. The far reaching theological, cultural and political consequences of the Reformation make its anniversary in 2017 not only a church affair, but a central global event in cultural history.
Anniversary of the Reformation
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The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Information Centre Hong Kong & Macau issues an e-newsletter every season, which informs, among others, about study and scholarship opportunities as well as upcoming DAAD and Germany-related events. The newsletter can be subscribed to and past issues can be retrieved in the following link.
DAAD Information Centre Hong Kong & Macau
www.make-it-in-germany.com is the official multilingual online portal for international qualified professionals. It helps them find out how to make a success of coming to Germany – from preparations in their home countries to arriving and getting settled in.
Working, training and studying in Germany
Germany is an increasingly attractive place in which to study, offering international degrees such as Bachelor's and Master's degrees, courses taught in English and a system which enables credits for attendance and examination passes to be accumulated and transferred.
Studying in Germany
With the campaign “German – Language of Ideas” Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle aims to promote learning German as a foreign language abroad. Minister of State Pieper introduced the campaign at the Federal Foreign Office. German is the most widely spoken language in Europe. Nearly 15 million people speak and learn German as a foreign language. However, in recent years there has been a decline in the number of people learning German. Pieper called this trend an “alarming sign” that the German Government was determined to counter. After all, language was a foundation for establishing good relations between countries.
Germany’s dual training system is attracting more attention than ever before. A growing number of countries use it as a model. Johannesburg or Smolensk, Barcelona or Lisbon, Puebla or Shanghai – all over the world more and more young people are receiving dual training that involves not only theoretical instruction, but also practical work in the workshop and production.
Dual Training System
Trends and Perspectives
Migration, the digital revolution, the trend towards sharing rather than owning, and a new relaxed attitude to business: many factors are changing the way people live in Germany. In the “Trends and Perspectives” section of the latest edition of “DE Magazin Deutschland” and on deutschland.de, learn about how current trends are affecting society and life in Germany. You can also read a report about the rediscovery of the German forest, and gain some fascinating insights into the everyday work of deep-sea researcher Antje Boetius.
Current media library on deutschland.de
New version of “Facts about Germany” – in 19 languages
“Facts about Germany” has everything you need to know about Germany today. How the political system works. The guidelines that define foreign policy. The special characteristics of the economy. What is new in art and culture. The new website features articles, background information, images, charts, films and lots of other modules. Focussing on these and many other topics, besides – in no less than 19 languages. On top of which, all the “Facts” (incl. the new book for young adults in 9 languages) can be downloaded as an e-paper.
In the historical centre of Berlin the "Stadtschloss" (Berlin Palace) will be reconstructed. In July 2011 the financing of the reconstruction was adopted by the Bundestag, after an overwhelming majority of MPs voted in 2002 for reconstruction. In an international competition the design by Italian architect Prof. Franco Stella was selected, which provides for the re-establishment of three historical baroque facades and the Schlüterhof.
Artguide Germany is an annotated collection of links that presents Germany’s diverse art landscape. This website provides information about structures and services in the field of art. In Germany support for art is first and foremost the work of federal, not national institutions. This guide also provides an overview of educational and sponsorship services in art.
Artguide Germany is intended for use by international artists and people in the creative industries who wish to find information about the German art scene, or are looking for an opportunity to undertake artistic work in Germany. Given the huge amount of information this site makes no claim to completeness. For more details please consult the bilingual (German / English) webpage of the German Institute for Foreign Relations "ifa" ("Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen").
© Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen
Artists-in-Berlin Programme – one of the most renowned international programs offering grants to artists
The DAAD's Artists-in-Berlin Programme ("Berliner Künstlerprogramm") is one of the most renowned international programmes offering grants to artists in the fields of visual arts, literature, music and film. Since 1963, up to 20 grants per year are awarded to international artists for an approximately one year stay in Berlin. In its almost 50 years of existence, it has made a significant contribution to the international representation of contemporary arts in Berlin.
Artists in the fields of literature, film and music may submit an application to the Artists-in-Berlin Programme, application forms can be downloaded at www.berliner-kuenstlerprogramm.de under the link "scholarship".
Establishment of the European Union Academic Programme Hong Kong
The European Union Academic Programme (EUAP) is a consortium of four universities in Hong Kong (Hong Kong Baptist University, The University of Hong Kong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Lingnan University), co-financed by the European Commission.
It is designed to strengthen EU-Hong Kong relations through academic work and network-building with local, regional and European partners. Its activities cover four aspects, namely academic, outreach, exchange and cooperation.
Further information on the EUAP and its activities can be found under the following link:
European Union Academic Programme Hong Kong
The German artist Cornelia Erdmann has lived and worked in Hong Kong since 2006. One of her latest works is "The People" in the new Legislative Council (LegCo) Complex of Hong Kong. The installation of the artwork had taken place at the construction site of the LegCo Complex from July 2011 and was completed in December 2011, in time for the opening of the new complex.