International Quality Network (IQN) 2001-2004, 2015



Success Stories, Past, Present, and Future – “The Erlangen IQN and its Perspectives”

Success Stories, Past, Present, and Future “The Erlangen IQN and its Perspectives”From 2001 to 2004 the Department of Sinology at FAU hosted an International Quality Network (IQN) sponsored by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) dealing with knowledge transfer between China and the West: “Exchanges of Knowledge between China and the West. Historical and Philosophical Dimensions”. During that time around 30 scholars came to Erlangen for periods of 6 months up to a whole year. The IQN set high value on promoting young scholars, therefore among the invitees were 20 students from China and Japan preparing their Master or PhD. To this day, 14 people from this group are holding a professorship in China, Japan, and the USA, among the German members 3 are currently working as professors.
The conference was held to appreciate these extraordinary stories of success as an example of early efforts for internationalization at FAU, to show the sustainability of the scientific network generated at the time, as well as develop perspectives for the future.
The conference was financed by generous contributions of the University, the Confucius Institute and the International Consortium for Research in the Humanities.
Below, several reports of participants of IQN can be found in both English and Chinese, as well as pictures taken at the conference.

Click here to view the program of the conference.



Reports in English:

Report by DENG Liang

IQN and My Recent Academic Work

DENG Liang (Tsinghua University, former IQN program student)

I am now working at the Institute for History of Science and Technology and Ancient Texts at Tsinghua University. After having finished my master thesis, I got the chance to participate in the IQN program. I was in Erlangen between October 2002 and March 2003, and my research subject at that time was “Joseph Edkins’ scientific research in China.” The academic training in Erlangen was fundamental for my later academic career.


Report by FU Banghong

The Turning Point of My Life: the Experience of IQN in Erlangen

FU Banghong (University of Science and Technology of China, former IQN program student)

The IQN experience in Erlangen is a turning point for me with regard to my development in the academia and my attitude towards life. My stay here was from April to October 2002. The research topic was “Sino-West exchange of optics at the late Ming (1368-1644) and early Qing (1644-1911).” Before coming to Erlangen, I was preparing the graduation of my master degree in order to get a management position in my university.


Report by GUO Jinhai

From the Erlangen IQN to My Current Research

GUO Jinhai (Institute for the History of Natural Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, former IQN program student)

Undeniably, the participation in the IQN project is an influential academic experience for me. As a member of the first group of program students, I came to Erlangen in October 2001. I spent one year in Erlangen as a Ph.D. candidate and left to China in September 2002. My research topic in the IQN project was investigating the roles of imported knowledge in the evolution of mathematics as a discipline at Tsinghua University and in China during the Republican Period (1911-1949).


Report by Report by LI Fan

From IQN to IKGF: Review and Reflection of the Past Thirteen Years

LI Fan (Beijing Normal University, former IQN fellow)

From October 2002 to January 2003 I was invited to give the program students of the IQN a class on the “theory of the conjuncture between China and West” in the end of Qing dynasty (1644-1911). At the same time I was carrying on my own research on the sources of the Western knowledge of renowned Chinese scholars, such as Zhang Taiyan and Liu Shipei, especially on the relationship between the theory of the French sinologist Terrien de Lacouperie, namely the “Western origin of the Chinese race and civilization,” and the Nationalism in modern China.


Report by LÜ Lingfeng

Reflections on My Experience of the IQN Project

LÜ Lingfeng (University of Science and Technology of China, former IQN program student)

When I came to Erlangen for the IQN program, I was doing my Ph.D. research on the conflict between the Western and Chinese astronomy with regard to the accuracy of calendar making during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing dynasty (1644-1911). At that time I was a newcomer in the field of astronomical history.


Report by SHENG Feng

Discovering Shanghai in Germany; Discovering Germany in Shanghai

SHENG Feng (Shanghai Morning Post, former IQN program student)

The story I would like to share is probably different from most of the former participants of the IQN program, because my personal development turned out quite different compared to most of them. Instead of academic field, I am working in the media sector. In my opinion, however, my story stands out to reflect upon another dimension of the IQN project.


Report by YU Wei

The IQN Program in Erlangen and My Academic Career

YU Wei (Fudan University, former IQN program student)

In October 2001, I became a program student of the first phase of the Erlangen IQN program. After an entire year of study I went back to China. Although my research focuses on the political history and historical geography of the Song, Liao and Jin periods in China, which were dynasties 1000 years ago, the experience of IQN has influenced me in various aspects during the past fourteen years.


Report by ZHA Xiaoying

My Encounter with Erlangen IQN 

ZHA Xiaoying (Sichuan University, former IQN program student)

Eleven years ago, I went abroad for the first time as a Ph.D. candidate. At that time, for me, out of China there were only two kinds of countries: the weaker ones comparing to China, and the stronger ones. Germany, France, Great Britain, USA… regardless of their differences, for me they all belonged to the Western stronger countries. On the other hand I learned from some researchers on Chinese modern history that the differences among these Western countries were in deed very important.









1、参与IQN项目的经历:2002年10月到2003年1月间,我受邀参与IQN项目,在德国埃尔朗根-纽伦堡大学汉学系为项目学生讲授“清末的中西交融之学”,同时致力于探究近代中国著名学者、思想家章太炎、刘师培等人的西方知识来源,尤其围绕法国汉学家拉克伯里(Terrien de Lacouperie)之“中国人种、文明西来说”与近代中国民族主义的关联展开研究,在埃尔朗根-纽伦堡大学汉学系图书馆和海德堡大学汉学系图书馆搜集了大量相关的西文核心史料。



Historical Scholarship on Celestial Observation: Reflections from Engagement with the IQN Project









2001年10月,我非常有幸地成为爱兰根IQN第一批Program Students的一员,参与到这个团队中来。整整一年之后我离开了这里。后来我的精力主要放在一千年前的宋辽金的政治史和历史地理,但是我这十四年的成长轨迹,处处渗透着IQN项目的影响,这一点我有很深的感触。








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