The aim of the interdisciplinary China Institute of the University of Trier (CIUT) is pluralistic research on the Chinese cultural area and its effective communication (e.g. through lectures, media work and cultural events) beyond the China-related institutes into all departments of the University of Trier, and beyond the university into a broad public. To this end, China-related activities in research and teaching at the University of Trier are to be interdisciplinarily networked and deepened.

In doing so, the Institute ties in with the work of the central academic institution "Centre for East Asia-Pacific Studies (ZOPS)" and sets new accents. In particular, the impact of developments in the Chinese cultural area on Europe is researched and communicated. The CIUT is a platform for academics at the university who are researching the Chinese cultural area or its role in the East Asian region and its significance for Germany and Europe.

Overview of the Institute's Tasks

Independent, interdisciplinary research into the Chinese cultural area - this includes not only the People's Republic of China but also Hong Kong and Taiwan as well as the overseas Chinese diaspora - in the context of East Asia and relations between Europe and East Asia;

Academic cooperation with research institutions at home and abroad;

Deepening relations between Europe and the Chinese cultural area in the context of East Asia through dialogue, exchange and academic study of these relations;

Implementation of research results in teaching;

Implementation of subject-specific Chinese language training programmes at the university;

Supervision and further development of the certificate "East Asian Studies";

Advising the International Office on the planning of exchange programmes with universities in the Chinese cultural area;

Imparting China competence to persons from politics, business and society;

Organisation of China-related events for a broad public, especially in the area of school and adult education;

Central contact point of the University of Trier for China-related questions.


The CIUT is managed collegially by the following lecturers:

  • Prof. Dr. Kristin Shi-Kupfer, FB II, Sinology (Managing Director)                                                                                                                               shikupfer(at)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
  • Prof. Dr. Sebastian Heilmann, FB III, Political Science                                                                                                                                              heilmann(at)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Soffel, FB II, Sinology                                                                                                                                                                   soffel(at)


Advisory Board

Advisory Board of the CIUT

  • Prof. Dr. Lea Katharina Kukmar, FB V, Law                                          
  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Regelsberger, FB II, Japanologie                                                                                                                                                                                

  • Apl. Prof. Dr. Dirk Schmidt, FB III, Political Science                                                                                                                                                                     

  • Prof. Dr. Henrike Stahl, FB II, Slavic Studies                                                                                                                                                                                                              

  • Prof. Dr. Michael Schönhuth, FB IV, Ethnologie                                                                                                                                                                                        

  • Chien, Juo-ping M.A., FB II, Sinology                                                                                                                                                                                                  

  • Dr. Jan Goldenstein, FB II, Sinology   

  • Prof. Dr. Christian Nürnbergk, FB II, Media Sciences                                                                                                                                                   

  • Joana Hilgert, student of Sinology and Political Science                                                                                                                                                         

  • Birgit Roser, head of the international office