Strategic Partnerships

Culture Crossing Media and Design

Exchange program with Tongji Universität in Shanghai & CAFA in Beijing

In the frame of the (DAAD) as part of its Strategic Partnerships Program the University of Art and Design in Offenbach (Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach) seeks to establish a strategic foundation for its collaborative activities with its long-term partners  Tongji University in Shanghai and the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing (China). 

The planned measures are wide-ranging and encompass the School of Design and the School of Art. Student and staff exchanges, research, conferences, workshops, exhibitions, summer schools and guest professorships are supposed to lead to joint research proposals. 

The strategic partnership is a significant contribution for further steps in the implementation of the internationalization strategy and for the promotion of young talents.

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The international office at Tongji univesity

Kelly, Direktor of the International Office at Tongji University

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The international office at HfG

Dagmar Loris, Head of the International Office at HfG

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The special program of Tongji university

Prof. Fan Shenxi, Tongji University Shanghai

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The need of cultural exchange

Frank Zebner, Professor for Technical Products and Product Systems an at HfG 

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Special course system of HfG univeristy

Klaus Hesse, Professor for Communications Design at HfG

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The relaitionship between Tongji and HfG

Prof. Lou Yongqi, Tongji University Shanghai

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Media and film at HfG and Tongji

Prof. Zhang Yinan, Tongji University

Program Profile

The Sino-German exchange program is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). With this program the Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach (HfG) provides students from Tongji University and CAFA a chance to explore exciting overseas study experience.

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Lecture Period/Deadlines

Lecture Period at HfG

Winter Semester: 12.10. – 12.02.

Summer Semester: 11.04. – 15.07.

Application Deadlines

For winter semester: May 15th

For summer semester: Nov. 15th


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Application procedure/documents


APS is a procedure to check the qualifications of Chinese applicants for admission into German higher education. Obtaining the certificate is mandatory for all the students who are interested in studying in Germany. Thus, before applying to a German university you have to hand in your academic certificates and documents to the APS-office in China. Please check the latest information about procedure and deadlines for the APS-Certificate and the required documents:

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Living in Shanghai

Aldin Sakic, Student School of Design at HfG

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The differences between HfG and Tongji

Nick, exchange student from Tongji University

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Studying at Tongji university

Niels Siebenborn, Student School of Design at HfG

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Buddy program at HfG university

Thao Eder, student School of Art at HfG

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Internship in Shanghai

Wang Ying, exchange student from Tongji University

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Living in germany

Yang Yang, exchange student from Tongji University

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Application process

Yannick Ploeger, student School of Design at HfG

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Experiences in HfG

Zhu Xiawoen, exchange student from Tongji University


Mit den drei renommierten internationalen Partnerhochschulen – Tongji University, Central Academy of Fine Arts und Sichuan Fine Arts Institute – wurden im Förder­zeitraum (2015-2018) zahlreiche Aktivitäten durchgeführt. Die Publikation gibt einen Einblick in das Konzept, das in der Förderperiode erfolgreich umgesetzt wurde. Seit 2019 zählt auch die Seoul National University in Südkorea zu unseren Strategischen Partnern. Wir danken dem Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdienst (DAAD) und dem Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) für die finanzielle Unterstützung.

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Ms. Dagmar Loris

Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach
International Office/Strategic Partnership
Room 21 Schlossstr. 31 
63065 Offenbach am Main, Germany

Tel. +49 69 80059 149


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Dagmar Loris

Project coordination Strategic Partnership