Since the year 1999, the DCG Halle gGmbH – International Institute - (here referred to as “DCG”) works in the service of understanding among nations by fostering and organizing educational projects.
The beginnings of the DCG trace back until the year 1998 when two of the later foundation members had a business trip to Changchun, the provincial capital of Jilin, in the North of China to meet their later partners first time in China. During the trip they met with the mayor of Changchun, at this time a city of 4.5 million people, had a friendly welcome at the TV Channel Changchun TV, met with the Deputy Manager for Economy of the province Jilin, as well as the General Manager of the special economic zone and the President of the Police College of Jilin.
During these different meetings the Chinese hosts stated their wish to intensify the cooperation with Germany. Especially the need for professional Chinese experts with international accepted degrees was expressed to fulfill the requirements of the Chinese and international companies.
Further research on the topic made obvious that foreign parties interested in professional training in Germany were always facing high organizational barriers.
The high demand for professional training from China and the interest on the German side led to the decision to offer interested Chinese students and trainees a special service that includes everything necessary for an apprenticeship in Germany.
As the fostering of understanding among nations and the education of young people reflects a non-profit purpose, the initiators came to the conclusion that a non-profit association, in German language called “eingetragener Verein (e.V.)”, would be the best organizational form. As a result the “Deutsch-Chinesische Gesellschaft Halle e.V.” was founded in November 1999 in the city of Halle (Saale) with the aim to foster the training of young people in common education projects between Germany and China.
A critical success factor was to find the right partner association in China that had the relevant governmental approvals and licenses to organize in China trainings abroad.
Thanks to the good cooperation the DCG already had 100 Chinese study applicants in the first year (2000). On behalf of the Chinese partner the DCG organized German intensive language trainings as preparation for the “Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH)” for all participants. In the second year (2001) the number of language students who were sent by the Chinese partner already doubled. The DCG then send them to facilities in Halle, Leipzig, Dresden, Brandenburg and Hanover.
1 Signature partner programme MEM HSZG/HDU, © Hoang Thi Ha
2 Start partner programme MMT TUBAF/CZU, © Christiane Naumann
3 German-Ghana International Forum, © Christiane Naumann
Short time later, besides the language trainings, the DCG organized professional trainings in wholesale and foreign trade for another 100 participants with training centers from the German Chamber of Commerce and Industries.
In the beginning of the association’s activities language students and trainees were mostly individual applicants who have been sent to Germany by the Chinese partner after their relevant preparation courses. Soon, the DCG and its partner realized the need to develop and realize more sustainable projects in the higher education sector.
In the mid of 2000 the president of the DCG was invited from the former principal of the University of Applied Science Merseburg, Mrs. Prof. Dr. Wanka, to talk about a partnership for the internationalization of the university cooperation. As one result the DCG supported the foundation of a university associated institute – the “Institut für internationale Bildungs-kooperation an der Hochschule Merseburg e.V. (IBK e.V.)“.
4 Jiaxing University partner meeting, © Jiaxing University
5 Visit Ministry of Energy with German Delegation, © Christiane Naumann
6 Signature partner programme SEM HSA/NCWU, © Ma Yun
Together with the Chinese partner both associations, the DCG and the IBK, organized the first double degree programme with three Bachelor programmes, which started in the winter semester of 2004/2005. Since then more than 1200 programme students took part to receive in the end a German and Chinese Bachelor double degree.
In 2008 the DCG started a training programme together with the Chamber of Crafts. The programme includes a two to three year professional training in which trainees gain a German degree as automobile service technician when they successfully pass their examination. Since the start of the programme more than 400 trainees have absolved the programme and gained their degrees.
Since then more than 200 students have successfully received a German Master Degree in the programmes of the Master in Structural Engineering offered by the Leipzig Universitiy of Applied Sciences (HTWK) and the MBA International Trade of Anhalt Universitiy of Applied Sciences.
While the DCG mainly focused on supporting German-Chinese educational projects in the beginning, it increasingly spread contacts to other countries in Asia like Vietnam, Thailand, India and Pakistan, or to countries in East-Europe like Russia, Ukraine and Georgia as well as to South America and Africa after some years. The number of new contacts ultimately led to the decision of the association members to widen the focus of activities to a more international level. The general meeting of the members in 2010 therefore came to decision to re-name the association to “DCG Halle e.V. – International Institute-“.
Therefore, with the start of the winter semester 2013/ 2014 it was the first time that a German Master degree could be obtained in Ghana. With already 150 programme students, it was possible to reach young people that would never have been able to fulfill the requirements under German law to proof their financial capabilities of 8,640 EUR per study year if they want to study in Germany.
In 2013 the DCG initiated an international education network, which allows Chinese and Ghanaian programme students, based on the common German Curriculum, to absolve modules of the Master in Germany, China or Ghana. The relevant principle agreements have been signed between the Chinese and Ghanaian partners in May 2013 through the DCG’s arrangement.
Since 2015 new partner programmes joined the DCG’s educational network: The Master of Online Communication (Digital Business and Online Marketing) of Anhalt University of Applied Sciences was started in the Province of Henan, China and is now also offered in Beijing (China) and Lahore (Pakistan).
In 2016 a new partner programme focused on Metallic Material Technology was then initiated by the DCG together with the TU Bergakademie Freiberg, which is leading edge in Europe in the area of natural resource research.
In 2017 the partner network of DCG was again further extended when Zittau/Goerlitz University of Applied Sciences (HSZG) decided to start partner programmes in the Master of Mechatronics with universities in Vietnam, Pakistan and China. With HSZG the DCG is also developing a common Bachelor programme together with the University of Management and Technology in Lahore (Pakistan). Similarly to previous Bachelor programmes, students will study two years in Pakistan and continue two years in Germany when they have passed all subject-related courses and German language test. The new approach here is to deliver the German language training mainly by Online Learning provided by a partner from DCG.