The differences between the German and Chinese education system could not be bigger. The Chinese society is traditionally strictly structured, emphazising the community more than the individual. The national schools and universities naturally convey every qualification needed for promotion in the existing structures to their students. By focusing on reproduction concepts the traditional education system characterizes learning in China even until today.
In contrast to that the ideal-typical goal of German schools and universities is educating students and pupils to critically reflect their environment. Creativity, capacity for teamwork and application orientation are important factors for success in the education system and the economic life.
We perceive students and graduates from China as the "Missing Link" for a good cooperation between institutions and firms from both cultures. With our education programs we help students from China to meet their own high standards for a successful career in Germany and Europe.
The range of courses of UNIKIMS responds to the demand of international students and graduates from Chinese universities and colleges, who want to continue their studies with a practice-oriented semester after their first degree in their home country. Because of the additional qualification, which includes professional and practical knowledge contents, graduates have better career perspectives - not only in Germany but also on the international labour market. Along with courses about current social topics, the program conveys cultural and specialized contents (e.g. history, politics, economy, justice, demography, culture and education, health and media).
In the same way UNIKIMS reacts to the requests of international students and alumni, who are planning a work or study stay in China. In special classes about history, culture and comunication the participants acquire basic knowledge about the Chinese language and lifestyle. The preparation seminar for the study in China offers an additional training for successful intercultural exchange.
History, Culture and Communication / China-Germany
Learning objectives: Participants of the workshop gain fundamental historical and cultural knowledge about China and its understanding of the international community, Europe and specifically Germany. The course conveys basic knowledge about theories and methods of intercultural communication as well as the perceptions of culture-bound differences (cognitions, affects and actions).
Participants are sensitized to differentiated ways of thinking and gain action competences in difficult to conflicting situations of communication.
You gain knowledge about intercultural university communication specially minding the respective learning cultures. Furthermore participants will be able to recognize intercultural synergies and cooperative forms of work.
Learning objectives: The course includes intercultural aspects of historical and current meetings in different contexts (culture, economy, society, diplomacy, arts, sports, etc.). Participants will learn about theoretical basics and methods of intercultural communication as well as cultural knowledge (territory, demography, language and scripture, education systems, environment, nutrition, health, media, justice).
The course's topics are comparisons of history, the intellectual world, socialization and education systems in China and Germany/Europe; working and living worlds as well as the resulting questions of communication (strictly speaking) and the cooperation and integration (by extension); forms of cultural communication styles and their role in media and society.
Subsequently there will be exercises for intercultural decision-making. The focus is set on critical incidents and the analysis of intercultural experiences.
International Summer Academy for Students
Modeled after the International Summer University (ISU), the International Summer Academy (ISA) Kassel combines high quality education, ECTS credits, and priceless personal experience.
The ISA program is designed for motivated and qualified undergraduates as well as aspiring graduates in China. It offers two academic seminar series to choose from: Environmental Engineering or German Cultural Studies. Use your semester break as a character- and resume-building opportunity with life-long benefits!
On the website of the University of Kassel you find all informations about the ISA programm. Please click here.