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Tübingen’s Global Ethic Institute to Found Partner Institute in China
24 April 2012
Move strengthens strategic partnership between the University of Tübingen and Peking University
The University of Tübingen and a delegation from Peking University headed by the institution’s President, Professor Zhou Qifeng, have agreed to strengthen the ties between them with the establishment of a new Center for Global Ethic in Beijing – partnered by Tübingen’s Global Ethic Institute. A formal cooperation deal is to be finalized this year. “We are very pleased to be able to further strengthen our collaboration with Peking University,” says University President, Professor Bernd Engler. “We aim to promote the idea of global ethic together.”
This Sino-German joint project has the support of both German and Chinese sponsors. The entrepreneur Professor h. c. Karl Schlecht has pledged half a million euros via the Karl Schlecht Public Benefit Foundation (KSG). Liang Wengen, chairman of the international Chinese heavy machinery manufacturer SANY, has pledged €1m for the promotion of global ethic. Schlecht and Liang have also agreed to secure the project over the long term, underlining their commitment to global ethic. The funds will be used to expand strategic cooperation between the two Universities in research and teaching focused on the fields of Ethics, Global Ethic, and Global Economic Ethic – within the framework of the new Institute. Karl Schlecht, founder of the concrete pump manufacturer Putzmeister, is a key sponsor of Tübingen’s Global Ethic Institute; in addition, his Public Benefit Foundation is the main sponsor of the Global Ethic Lectures.
The Universities of Tübingen and Peking have a longstanding collaboration agreement. One of its high points has been the founding of the European Centre for Chinese Studies at Peking University (ECCS) in 2001. The ECCS is an essential element in Tübingen’s Chinese language program and one of the University’s three branches in Asia.
Sealing their partnership to promote global ethic: (left to right) Professor Bernd Engler, President of the University of Tübingen, Professor Zhou Qifeng, President of Peking University, Professor Hans Küng, President of the Global Ethic Foundation, Prof. h.c. Karl Schlecht, Chairman of the Karl Schlecht Public Benefit Foundation, and Liang Wengen, chairman of the Chinese heavy machinery manufacturer Sany Group. Photo: Albrecht/ University of Tübingen