On Sunday (15 November) Cornelia Pieper, Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office, leaves on a five-day visit to China that will take her to Beijing, Shanghai and Nanjing.
In her new post Minister of State Pieper will represent Germany’s cultural relations and education policy. On her first trip abroad she will therefore have meetings with Mr Zhang Zhijun, Vice Minister at the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Hao Ping, Vice Minister of Education, Mr Wan Gang, Minister of Science and Technology, and Ms Zhao Shaohua, Vice Minister at the Ministry of Culture.
She will also visit the sites of two of Germany’s big cultural projects in 2010, EXPO Shanghai and the National Museum of China, whose new premises will open in 2010 with an exhibition on “The Art of Enlightenment” curated by three major German museums in Berlin, Dresden and Munich.
The Minister of State will also be highlighting the role of Germany’s educational activities abroad. In this connection she will visit two German schools in China and open a conference in Nanjing on the dual system of vocational training and higher education.