History and Development
Before the actual formation of "Baden-Württembergische China-Gesellschaft e.V.", our working title used to be "Association of friends of Chinese university partnerships", which underlines that originally the establishment and enhancement of partnerships with Chinese universities was the organisation`s focus.
On July 22 in 1983 the organisation was founded in Heidelberg as "Baden-Württembergische China-Gesellschaft for the advancement of scientific and technical cooperation with the People`s Republic of China e.V.". Initiators were the former Prime Minister of the State of Baden-Württemberg Lothar Späth, the Minister of Science Professor Dr. Helmut Engler, Professor Dr. Paul Gerhardt at the University of Heidelberg and Professor Dr. Matthias Seefelder, CEO of BASF.
The first management board at the Baden-Württembergische China-Gesellschaft was formed by Professor Dr. Paul Gerhardt and Professor Dr. Matthias Seefelder as well as by Dr. Wilhelm Schuth, director of the Deutsche Bank in Heidelberg, Mr. Heinz C. Hoppe, management board member of Daimler-Benz AG, and Professor Dr. Wolfgang Thomassen of the Fachhochschule in Konstanz.
In order to distinguish between our organisation and others, we informally speak of "Baden-Württembergische China-Gesellschaft".
According to the intention of our statute, numerous projects have been promoted and supported:
Highlight of the year is a Lecture on the occasion of our annual general assembly where well-known personalities; among others former German ambassadors in Beijing as well as Chinese ambassadors in Bonn / Berlin give a lecture:
A wide range of topics is covered. Next to historical aspects and problems of intercultural communication, the Chinese economy as well as the country's present and future situation are addressed.