Women (with leadership roles) in science

International Women's Day on March 8 inspires many organizations to research impressive careers and personalities among their alumnae. The DAAD Beijing Office interviewed selected DAAD alumnae about who they are and how much enthusiasm they have for what they do. With their interviews and impressive CVs, they would like to inspire and motivate other people, not only women, and win them over for academic exchange!

Professor PAN Yaling

Member of the Advisory Committee for German Studies as a Subject at Chinese Universities and of the Scientific Advisory Board of the ‘Interculture Journal’, as well as an editorial board member at ‘Germanistische Kulturwissenschaften’ (German cultural studies)

Professor PAN Yaling’s priorities in research and teaching lie in the fields of intercultural (business) communication, teaching and promoting intercultural skills, intercultural training, research into intercultural language teaching, Chinese/German language learning theory and interpreting, and international German studies / German as a foreign language.

Professor PAN Yaling is one of the few Chinese experts to enjoy recognition from both academics and politicians in Germany. On 24 May 2018, she was one of eight Chinese cultural representatives to take part in a round table discussion with German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel in Beijing. She was also selected as a Chinese cultural and academic representative for a round table discussion with Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the then Foreign Minister, in April 2016.

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Dr. Muriel Helbig

Vice president of the DAAD, president of the Technische Hochschule (TH) Lübeck

Dr Muriel Helbig was born in Washington in 1975 and grew up in Germany, Lebanon and the USA before commencing her studies in psychology at the University of Potsdam in 1994. She then completed her PhD in an international DFG Research Training Group associated with the University of Jena (in 2006). Dr Muriel Kim Helbig has been the president of TH Lübeck since 2014. She has also committed herself to international academic exchange as vice president of the DAAD since 2020.

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HUANG Hongzi

President of the Deutscher Medien Verlag for the China region, and of the IndustryStock.com and diribo platforms

HUANG Hongzi is president of the Deutscher Medien Verlag for the China region, which operates IndustryStock.com and diribo, two globally active B2B platforms specifically for industrial companies and their service providers. Ms HUANG’s responsibilities include promoting trade and technology cooperation between Chinese and European sensor companies. HUANG Hongzi also sees herself as a cultural ambassador, and has made it her objective to promote cultural exchange between Germany and China. This involves her regularly sharing information about projects in Germany via her Chinese TikTok and WeChat social media channels – and she has a major reach! Her channels ‘A Zi in Germany’ and ‘Sister Bobei’ currently have over 200,000 followers.

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Author: Miriam Hoffmeyer

March 2022

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