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:
Residence concert with soloists from Germany and Hong Kong
Ulrich von Wrochem (viola) and Jacqueline Leung (piano) entertained guests at the residence of the German Consul General on 27 April 2013 with works of Franz Schubert, Johann Sebastian Bach, Robert Schumann and the Hong Kong composer Kevin Ng King Fung. Over 60 enthusiastic guests enjoyed a compact top-level concert programme which was not ended without an encore. Ulrich von Wrochem, who travelled from Germany, also made use of his stay in Hong Kong to give viola master classes at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. The residence concert was his first joint performance with the successful Hong Kong pianist Jacqueline Leung, who is also the Chairperson of the Royal Academy of Music Hong Kong Alumni Association.
International Students’ Visual Art Contest-cum-Exhibition of Hong Kong - Photography 2013
The Education Bureau of Hong Kong invites students from all over the world to participate in the International Students’ Visual Arts Contest-cum-Exhibition of Hong Kong – Photography (HKISAC) 2013. The theme of this year’s HKISAC is “My Place ‧ My People”. The best 12 entries will each be awarded US$ 1,000, and for winners from outside Hong Kong, a return flight ticket to Hong Kong and three-day accommodation (in August 2013) will be offered. Online submission: 16 May to 31 May 2013. Details are available from the information sheet below or from the organisers' website: www.hkisac.org.
Information sheet [pdf, 622.67k]
EU Grants in 2013 - Marie Curie Actions call for proposals
The European Commission is inviting bids for the final tranche of Marie Curie fellowship grants allotted under the current seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7, 2007-13). Some €227 million, the highest single amount made available through the Marie Curie Actions fund, will be awarded to around 1000 experienced researchers this year. Marie Curie individual fellowships support the mobility of researchers within and beyond Europe - as well as helping to attract the best foreign researchers to work in the EU.
The application process runs until 14 August 2013.
Details can be found under:
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
62nd ARD International Music Competition 2013
The 62nd ARD International Music Competition 2013 has been announced for the categories Violin, Viola, Bassoon and Piano Trio. Detailed information is available via internet:
Hermann Hesse is one of the most widely read German-language authors; his books are world literature classics and he is one of the most famous 20th century writers. His great literary success is based on such works as Siddharta, Steppenwolf, The Glass Bead Game or the novel about a schoolboy Beneath the Wheel. His books, which have been translated into more than 70 languages, total around 150 million published copies.
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.
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.
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".
Germany is strongly involved in the preservation of cultural monuments around the world. Now Germany has again been elected as a new member of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee until 2015.
Fascinating World Heritage
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.
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
“Make it in Germany!” Take a look at our website to see how skilled professionals like yourself can come to live and work in Germany. German firms are facing a genuine skills shortage that is expected to continue into the future. The German Government has therefore set up this website to help business and industry find the specialists they need. Welcome to Germany!
Make it in Germany
Alumniportal Deutschland is a free online network which enables all “Germany-alumni” to secure and maintain their skills and contacts and to use them for their personal and professional development. „Germany-alumni“ are people from all over the world who have studied, researched, worked or completed a course of advanced training in Germany. We also welcome those who attended programmes of training or advanced training abroad with the support of a German organization.
On Alumniportal, you will find worldwide events and training programmes, job vacancies in your region, tips and information on the German language as well as interesting news on culture, society and economy.
Companies, institutes of higher education and organizations of international cooperation will find alumni, experts and specialists “trained in Germany”. They can publish job vacancies, expand their networks and present themselves. Registration is free of charge.
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