Letzte Aktualisierung: November 8, 2021

'We need China expertise beyond sinology'

Ruth Schimanowski heads the DAAD office in Beijing

Not even universities are spared the re-ideologization of the People's Republic. If you want to work in China as a Western academic, you should be aware of this – and to a certain extent have to come to terms with it, says Ruth Schimanowski. She is heading the Beijing office of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). In our CEO-Talk, she explains why Chinese scholars are good for the German academic landscape and why there is a renaissance of German as an academic language. The interview was conducted by Frank Sieren.

Ruth Schimanowski spent a large part of her childhood in Africa. It wasn't until she was 15 that she returned to Germany, where she graduated from high school. After that, she immediately left again – to Taipei to learn Mandarin. Then she returned to Berlin, where she studied physics and spent several years abroad: She first came to Beijing as a DAAD scholarship holder. In between, she went to New Orleans to conduct biophysical experiments. But now, she has been living in the Chinese capital for over 20 years.
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