Press release
Essen, 03/02/2015

The Zukunftsbrücke – Chinese-German Young Professional Campus will be bringing young executives from both countries together in Berlin and Munich from 10-19 October 2015. It provides a forum for them to engage intensively with one another and with decision-makers and experts and to forge lasting contacts for bilateral cooperation. The 2015 Zukunftsbrücke is entitled “Towards a Partnership for Innovation”. Applications are now invited from interested candidates aged between 28 and 38.
The Zukunftsbrücke – Chinese-German Young Professional Campus is a project initiated by Stiftung Mercator, the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt and the Mercator Program Center for International Affairs in cooperation with the All-Chinese Youth Federation (ACYF). The project’s academic partner in China is the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). During the ten-day programme, 30 young professionals from all sectors, 15 from Germany and 15 from China, will come together for intensive dialogue comprising seminar phases, group work and discussions with experts. The programme takes place on an annually alternating basis in China or Germany.
Under the general topic of “Towards a Partnership for Innovation”, this year’s focus is on the opportunities and potential that increased cooperation offers for greater innovation. The programme links up with the idea of the German-Chinese innovation partnership that was established in October 2014 within the framework of the third round of bilateral governmental consultations. The selected participants will explore current trends and innovations from both countries in the areas of business and technology, as well as in the fields of society and politics. Furthermore, questions of intercultural understanding and national culture and identity will be discussed as an essential basis for successful long-term cooperation.
The closing date for applications to the Zukunftsbrücke 2015 is on 30 April 2015.
Young professionals aged between 28 and 38 from all sectors have until then to apply in an open selection process for one of the 15 German places. The costs of participating in the programme, including travel, accommodation and subsistence, will be paid. The call for applications and further information can be found at
Press contact
Natalie Jurewitz || T +49 201 24522-840 Communication manager Stiftung Mercator
Programme contact
Matthias Kaufmann || T +49 201 365 782-14 Mercator Program Center for International Affairs (MPC)