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. To understand more, you may visit the following webpages:
The 28th HKTDC Education & Careers Expo took place from 1 February to 4 February 2018 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. More than 800 exhibitors from various countries and regions were present at the Expo. The Consulate General, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Goethe-Institut Hongkong jointly took part in the Expo again. While the Consulate General held a seminar on the Working Holiday Scheme in Germany, the DAAD showcased a variety of study programmes from summer courses to postgraduate research programmes at German universities, and informed about scholarship opportunities. The Director of the DAAD Information Centre Hong Kong & Macau also held a seminar on studying in Germany.
HKTDC Education & Careers Expo 2018
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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
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
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
As robots, drones and virtual reality enter our smart homes, technology has gradually built within us a second nature, an artificial one. HKDI Gallery will showcase over 150 pieces of Red Dot Award-winning products in this exhibition that demonstrates how well-designed technology has become a "new, second nature" to modern human beings and sheds light on how we could use better design to develop smarter technology. The exhibition is currently running until 27 May 2018 at the HKDI Gallery, Hong Kong Design Institute. Admission is free.
Red Dot Design Exhibition
Supported by the Consulate General, the exhibition "Weight Watcher" presents the works of 17 emerging artists from Hong Kong from 5 January to 15 January 2018 at the Kunstquartier Bethanien Berlin.
Exhibition "Weight Watcher" in Berlin
Kosmos Humboldt website - www.kosmos-humboldt.org
Alexander von Humboldt is seen as the last great universal scholar. The first environmental activist, humanist, world traveller and international cosmopolitan. But what is behind the legend?
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.
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.
The dual vocational training system is the commonest form of vocational training in Germany. The goal of a dual vocational training programme is to help young people get started in a career. It opens up new prospects for their professional future. More and more countries are using Germany's dual vocational training system as a model.
Dual Vocational Training System
“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.
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".
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.