Chinese delegation visits the Faculty during a one week research exchange trip focusing on Development Economics
On the 29th of August 2017, a number of Chinese doctoral students visited the Faculty of Economic Sciences to learn about the research and teaching programmes, particularly those focused on development economics. The young researchers were taking part in a week long round trip to several renowned German universities.
After a presentation of the faculty by the Dean, Prof. Dr. Lutz M. Kolbe, the fifteen doctoral students received more information about research and teaching activities, particularly in the area of development economics. In addition to Prof. Dr. Krisztina Kis-Katos (Chair of International Economic Policy), Prof. Dr. Stephan Klasen, Ph.D. (Chair of Development Economics) and Prof. Dr. Sebastian Vollmer (Chair of Development Economics / Center for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS)), Prof. Dr. Dr. Fabian J. Froese (Chair of Human Resources Management and Asian Business) as well as Prof. Xiaohua Yu, PhD from the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences (Chair of Agricultural Economics in Developing and Transition Countries) presented the research activities on their respective Chairs. The meeting also provided ample networking opportunities. It was followed by a tour of the city from Dr. Frank Stiller, Director of the Foreign Representation of the Georg-August-University of Göttingen in Nanjing, China.
The trip was organized by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Sino-German Center for Research Promotion in Peking (Beijing). The round trip followed after the 6th Lindau Conference of Economics, which took place from 22nd to 26th of August 2017 at Lake Constance. The conference provided the young academics with the unique possibility of meeting former and current Nobel Prize winners. In addition to Göttingen, the group visited universities and research institutes in Mannheim, Kiel and Berlin.
The Sino-German Center for Research Promotion (CDZ) is a research funding organization jointly established by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). The NSFC is a facility for the promotion of basic research in the natural, life, engineering and management sciences. Ever since its foundation in 1986, the NSFC has maintained an intensive partnership with the DFG. The task of the CDZ is to promote bilateral scientific cooperation in the natural, life and engineering sciences. Particular attention is given to the promotion of young scientists, which are deemed the future bearers of these bilateral relations. The CDZ has various funding instruments at its disposal.
The participants of this year's round trip have been selected according to a rigorous competitive selection process. They work in some of China’s most research intensive institutions such as: Peking University, Fudan University (a partner university of the faculty), and Zhejiang University. In addition to excellent research, an international orientation was also an important criterion for candidate selection.