Virtual Tongji Days 2021

Celebration of 40+ years of partnership between Tongji University and TU Darmstadt

June 8th 2021 (via ZOOM)

Festive Ceremony: 9:00 – 11:00 (Darmstadt) /
15:00 – 17:00 (Shanghai)

Networking: 11:00 – 12:00 (Darmstadt) /
17:00 – 18:00 (Shanghai)

June 9th 2021 (via ZOOM)

Academic Workshops: 9:00 – 11:30(Darmstadt)
/ 15:00 – 17:30 (Shanghai)

Closing plenary of the workshop sessions: 11:45 – 12:45 (Darmstadt) / 17:45 – 18:45 (Shanghai)

Please register by June 1, 2021 below to receive the ZOOM link for our digital event.

In 2020, Technische Universität Darmstadt and Tongji University, Shanghai, were celebrating the 40th anniversary of their successful partnership. In consideration of the developments regarding the novel coronavirus and the uncertain situation, Tongji University and TU Darmstadt had to postpone the event to 2021 and decided to organise a digital event.

To further strengthen our already close ties, we want to provide all scientists and students interested in the partnership with a digital forum for interaction and discussion during our Tongji Days.

This occasion will be an opportunity to formulate ideas and plan for the future growth of a key academic relationship.

June 8th 2021
Festive Ceremony: 9:00 – 11:00 (Darmstadt) / 15:00 – 17:00 (Shanghai)
Networking: 11:00 – 12:00 (Darmstadt) / 17:00 – 18:00 (Shanghai)
June 9th 2021
All workshops will take place in parallel 9:00 – 11:30 (Darmstadt) / 15:00 – 17:30 (Shanghai)
Workshop 1: Smart Materials
Workshop 2: Smart Cities
Workshop 3: Future Mobility in China & Germany
Workshop 4: Transportation & Traffic
Workshop 5: Smart Logistics
Workshop 6: Start-ups & Innovation
Workshop 7: Exploring knowledge and culture through language
Workshop 8: New developments and challenges in vocational education and the prospects for cooperation
Closing plenary of the workshop sessions: 11:45 – 12:45 (Darmstadt) / 17:45 – 18:45 (Shanghai)

Prospective Speakers

Prof. Dr. Tanja Brühl, Präsidentin der Technischen Universität Darmstadt
Picture: Katrin Binner

Tanja Brühl

President of Technische Universität Darmstadt and CLUSTER

Prof. Dr. Tanja Brühl is president of Technische Universität Darmstadt. Before coming to Darmstadt in October 2019, she was professor of political science (2007-2019) and vice president of academic affairs (2012-2018) at Goethe University Frankfurt.

Jens Schneider

Vice President for Transfer and International Affairs of Technische Universität Darmstadt

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jens Schneider is professor for Structural Analysis at Technical University Darmstadt, at the Institute of Structural Mechanics and Design, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Since 2020, Jens Schneider is Vice President for Transfer and International Affairs and is currently leading the development and implementation of new university strategies for internationalization and third mission. Jens Schneider studied civil engineering at TU Darmstadt and Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal. He received his PhD in structural engineering from TU Darmstadt in 2001. In his career and as a founder and partner of an engineering office, he realized multiple large-scale construction projects and bridges with a focus on glass and sustainable construction. Jens Schneider joined TU Darmstadt as a full professor in 2009. From 2017 to 2019, he served as Dean of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His research focuses on (a) glass and polymers in structures, facades, automotive glazing, solar applications, electronics and for additive manufacturing, (b) on fracture mechanics and viscoelasticity as well as on (c) energy efficiency in design and construction, sector coupling and decarbonisation of the building stock. He is strongly engaged in the exchange of research results with society and economy, as for example realized in the full-scale energy efficient “ETA-factory” on the campus of TU Darmstadt.

FANG Shouen

Chairman of University Council, Tongji University

Prof. FANG Shouen is currently Chairman of the University Council of Tongji University. He is a full professor in transportation engineering, PhD supervisor, and his research focuses on road security, traffic planning and design theory. Prof. Fang Shouen studied in the College of Transportation Engineering of Tongji University and received all his degrees (bachelor in 1984, master in 1994, PhD in 2000) from Tongji University.

Work Experience:

1997-2000 Director, Road Engineering Department, College of Transportation Engineering, Tongji University

2000-2002 Vice Dean, College of Transportation Engineering, Tongji University

2002-2009 Party Secretary, College of Transportation Engineering, Tongji University

2010-2016 Vice President, Tongji University

2016-present Chairman of University Council, Tongji University

Research Fields:

He coordinated and participated in more than 10 research projects, including “Road Safety Evaluation System based on GIS”, “Road accident black point Identifying method and road security control procedure in Xin Jiang province”, “Road Security Evaluation System in Western Parts of China”, “Guide to Road Security Evaluation Projects”, and etc. He published more than 100 research articles, and as chief editor published <<High Way>>, co-edited <<Road Security Engineering>>, <<Road Planning and Design>>, <<Road Security Engineering>>, <<Computer Aided Road Engineering>> and other manuals and important publications.

LEI Xinghui

Vice President, Tongji University

About the Person:

1997 –2001 Doctorate in Management Science and Engineering, School of Economics and Management, Tongji University

1986 – 1998 Teacher at School of Economics and Management, Tongji University

1998 – 2000 Deputy Director of Department of Business Administration, School of Economics and Management, Tongji University

2000 – 2007 Vice Dean of School of Economics and Management, Tongji University

2007 – 2011 Director of Office of Alumni Affairs and Development, Tongji University

2007 – 2009 Director of Office of Presidency, Tongji University

2009 – 2017 Executive Deputy Director of Graduate School, Tongji University

Jan. 2017 – Jun. 2017 Assistant to President, Tongji University

Since Feb. 2018 Vice President of Tongji University

Academic Expertise:
  • Teaching in finance and financial management, strategic management, risk management;
  • Research on corporate governance and capital markets, corporate strategy research, corporate system design, financial corporate management, and investment and financing research on major infrastructure construction projects.
  • 4 monographs and textbooks as well more than 100 academic papers have been published based on the above mentioned research results. Two “863 Program Sub-projects”, two “NSFC-Projects”, one “National 11th Five-Years Support Program Sub-projects” and a number of “Shanghai Major Decision-making Consultation Projects” as well as corporate consulting projects have been completed.
  • Additional research on teaching and teaching management with numerous publications, awarded with both national and municipal teaching achievement prizes.
Memberships and Offices:
  • Vice Chairman of the Education Development Foundation of Tongji University
  • Executive Vice Chairman of the Tongji University Alumni Association
  • Director of the Postdoctoral Mobile Station for Business Administration of Tongji University
  • Director of the Institute of Strategy and Finance of Tongji University
  • Membership of the 6th National Steering Committee for the Education of Graduate Students of Business Administration
  • Membership of the National Steering Committee for Teaching in Business Administration
  • Membership of the 6th Council of China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Association

LOU Yongqi

Vice President, Tongji University

Prof. Dr. Yongqi Lou has been served as Vice President (International) of Tongji University since January, 2021. Lou is Dean of the College of Design and Innovation at Tongji University in Shanghai, the Board Director of World Design Organization (WDO) and the Vice President of China Industrial Design Association. Lou has been the pioneer in China for design-driven innovation education, research and practices that connect design, business, and technology. He is the founder of Design Harvests, a design-driven urban-rural interaction project; Tongji-Huangpu School of Design and Innovation, the first design thinking K12 school in China; and She Ji — the Journal of Design, Innovation, and Economics published by Tongji and Elsevier. Lou was the Vice President of CUMULUS, International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media. He is the Editorial Board Member of the journal Design Issues published by The MIT Press, and the Journal of Visual Arts Published by Taylor & Francis. Lou currently chairs the international advisory board of University of Applied Arts in Vienna. He was invited as the keynote speaker in conferences such as BODW 2018, IFI 2017, IDSA 2016, ACM SIGCHI 2015, WDC 2014 Design Policy Conference, IIT Design Strategy 2013 etc. In 2014, the President of Finland honored Lou with the Order of the Lion of Finland as a Knight, First Class. Lou was elected as an international fellow of Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) in 2019.

Picture: DAAD/Jörg Sänger

Kai Sicks

Secretary General of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Kai Sicks, born 1976, studied German Studies and Political Sciences in Frankfurt/Main, Cologne and Vienna. In 2008 he completed his Ph.D. in German Literary Studies. He was a research scholarship holder at the German Historic Institute in Washington, D.C. and at Cornell University (USA).

From 2008 until 2013 Dr Sicks acted as coordinator of the European PhD Network in Literary and Cultural Studies (PhDnet) at the International Graduate Center for the Study of Culture (University of Giessen) with partner organizations in Bergamo, Helsinki, Lissabon and Stockholm.

In 2013 Dr Sicks became managing director of the Bonn Graduate Center, the central service unit for early-career researchers at the University of Bonn. As of 2017, he was appointed as director of the University of Bonn’s International Office. In this position, Dr Sicks co-authored the University of Bonn’s Excellence Strategy and acted as Bonn’s project manager of the European University of Brain and Technology (NeurotechEU).

In April 2021 Dr Kai Sicks was appointed as Secretary General of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Dirk Deuster

Senior Vice President Human Recources at Bosch Rexroth

Dirk Deuster joined the Bosch Group in 1991 after graduating as an industrial engineer from the University of Karlsruhe. He subsequently held various leadership position in human resources at Bosch. From 2012 to 2016, Deuster was responsible for Bosch’s continuing education programs as director of the “corporate university” – Robert Bosch Kolleg – and of the Bosch Training Centers. In 2016, he became Senior Vice President Human Resources at Bosch Rexroth AG. Deuster manages Bosch’s cooperation with TU Darmstadt.