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Our work in China

In 1979, upon the establishment of official relations between the Hanns Seidel Foundation and the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, the Foundation became the first German political foundation working in the People’s Republic of China. The awareness that education plays a key role in social development soon led to cooperation with the State Education Commission—the predecessor of what is now China’s Ministry of Education—which has been the Hanns Seidel Foundation’s institutional sponsor ever since. This long-standing engagement developed into a regional network dedicated to pooling skills and resources through our project centers and local cooperation projects.

"In the service of democracy, peace and development" is the mission statement of the Hanns Seidel Foundation, which we strive to realize by promoting:

  • Social change and institution building
  • Rule of law and good governance
  • Political, social and economic participation

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Alumni Association

In the early 1980s the Hanns Seidel Foundation initiated a scholarship program for Chinese students. More...

HSS Shanghai


With the development of demand-oriented vocational training courses, the promotion of higher vocational education and a wide range of training for vocational teachers and instructors, the Hanns Seidel Foundation aims to raise the profile of vocational education and advance equal education and participation opportunities. Through a transfer of knowledge to less developed regions we seek to reduce regional disparities. More ...

HSS Shandong

Rural Development

Through the development of strategies and pilot projects for rural development, the Hanns Seidel Foundation helps to find ways to improve the living and working conditions of China’s rural population, with an emphasis on environmental protection and citizen participation. More...

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Socio-political Development

Through political dialogue and academic discourse, the Hanns Seidel Foundation promotes exchange between the two countries, supporting China in a process of reform and institutional change. Against the backdrop of differing social and political systems, each with their own respective value systems, we contribute to mutual understanding. More...