About Us

The PhD Program is currently run by the Center for Global Politics (CGP) at Freie Universität Berlin and four Chinese partner universities in China. PhD students are enrolled at the Graduate School of Global Politics at CGP or the PhD programs in Politics at one of the Chinese partner universities respectively.


Freie Universität Berlin (FU) was founded in 1948 under the motto "Truth, Justice, Freedom." In 2012, the follow-up proposal “Veritas – Justitia – Libertas. International Network University” was awarded in the nationwide Excellence Initiative in 2012 and will be funded for another five years until 2017. With about 570 professors, 42,500 students in approximately 90 different programs, 4,000 graduates and 1,000 doctoral candidates each year, FU Berlin is the largest of the three universities in the German capital. Along with a unique and international character, its academic profile comprises a wide range of disciplines, centers and groups within the humanities and the social and natural sciences.

Meet our team at Freie Universität Berlin


Klaus Segbers                        Sabine Pag                            

Meet our partner universities in China

Renmin University

Renmin University

Renmin University (RUC), founded in 1937, is one of the key universities in political and social sciences in China. RUC is a comprehensive research-orientated university and inhabits in total 21 departments and institutes. The School of International Studies (SIS) embodies all disciplines related to political sciences and international studies and offers three B.A., eight M.A. and eight PhD degree programmes.


Fudan University

Fudan University is one of China’s top universities. Founded in 1905, Fudan has developed into an internationally renowned, research-driven university with 17 full-time schools and 69 departments. The School of International Relations and Public Affairs (SIRPA) was founded in the year 2000. SIRPA has two National Priority programs, one State Education Ministry Designated Research program, two postdoctoral programs, six doctoral degree programs and seven master's degree programs.

Shanghai Academy Of Social Sciences

Shanghai Academy Of Social Sciences

The Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS) was founded in 1958 and is China’s oldest research institution for social sciences and the humanities. As an influential think tank based in the heart of Shanghai, SASS conducts high-quality and objective theoretical research in order to provide effective, enduring and innovative public policy recommendations, consultation and education in the process of guiding social transformation and reform. SASS consists of 15 institutes and 19 interdisciplinary centers.


Jinan University

Jinan University is a key research base of social sciences in China. Established in 1906, Jinan is not only one of China’s oldest universities and the first to recruit foreign students, but also the university with the largest number of overseas students. Located close to Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta, Jinan University is in the center of one of China’s most rapidly developing and dynamic regions. The main campus of Jinan is in Guangzhou, the capital city of Guangdong Province and the biggest metropolis in South China.