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Frank Diebel, Magister

Frank Diebel is sinologist and economist, historian and philosopher, he is married and has two daughters.

Since the turn of the year from 2014 to 2015, Frank lives in the beautiful Garden City of Chengdu, Home of the Giant Panda, Sichuan Province, People's Republic of China. He works there at the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE) in the International Office, at the Liberal Arts College, and at the College of International Education.


Current Positions

1. University Marketing in the International Office

In the International Office of SWUFE is Frank in charge of the online marketing. Among others his responsibility includes the planning and development of the non-Chinese websites of the university. Frank also produces the monthly and quarterly newsletters in English language and he communicates with partner universities and cooperative study programs like the MA CEEBS Chinese-European Economics and Business Studies that is run jointly by SWUFE and the Berlin School of Economics and Law (HWR Berlin).

2. Lectures at the Liberal Arts College

At the School of Humanities in the Department of General Education (Liberal Arts College) Frank Diebel teaches History and Philosophy. The two introductory university courses "History of Western Civilization" and "History of Western Philosophy" mainly aim at reaching out for students whose majors are not History or Philosophy. Frank's courses are rather open for all students from all faculties and colleges of SWUFE. In general his lectures are available for everybody who is interested in history and philosophy.

3. Lectures at the International College

At the College of International Education Frank Diebel teaches "Cultural and Political History of China and Europe" which is a module within the international joint Sino-German double-degree study program MA CEEBS Chinese-European Economics and Business Studies. The cooperative joint master program MA CEEBS was co-founded in 2007 both by the Berlin School of Economics and Law (HWR Berlin) and by SWUFE. Frank is teaching the Chinese-European history course ever since its beginnings in 2007. Before he moved Frank taught it in Berlin, now in Chengdu.

Distinctive Teaching Competencies

The teaching repertoire of Frank Diebel covers a wide range of areas in the fields of humanities, economics, and management as well as certain skills seminars. Below are Frank's core teaching competencies listed that he currently provides for SWUFE and for the Berlin School of Economics and Law (HWR Berlin).

1. Historical Science

Period Topic Institution
2015 - today History of Western Civilization SWUFE
2015 - today History of Western Philosophy SWUFE
2015 - today History of Western News SWUFE
2007 - today Cultural and Political History of China and Europe HWR / SWUFE

2. Management and Research Training

Period Topic Institution
2008 - today Intercultural Training HWR / SWUFE
2008 - today Academic Writing HWR / SWUFE
2008 - today Rhetoric, Communication, and Negotiation Styles HWR / SWUFE
2008 - 2014 Didactics for Management Trainers (Train the Trainers) HWR / GIZ
2008 - 2014 Management of Transfer Projects in Emerging Countries HWR / GIZ

3. Academic Self-Administration

In the period between 2008 and 2014 Frank Diebel was significantly involved in the development and management of the international further education projects at a university level listed below. The projects where all funded by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). During that time Frank was also a member of the institute council at the Institute of Management Berlin (IMB) from 2009 - 2011.

Period Topic Institution
2013/10 - 2014/01 Strengthening Regional Health Institutions in Vietnam HWR / GIZ
2012/10 - 2012/11 Management of Maternity Institutions in Central Asia HWR / GIZ
2008/04 - 2013/11 International Leadership Training Hospital Management Asia HWR / GIZ

1. History of China

Since 2014, in his research Frank Diebel focusses on regional history of Sichuan. Here, in particular, he concentrates on ancient history from the early beginnings to the incorporation, or rather annexation, of the Chengdu Plain into the Kingdom of the Qin in 316 BC.

Period Topic Institution
2014/10 - today History of the Chengdu Plain from the beginnings until 316 BC SWUFE
2004/10 - 2005/12 History of China's Reform Period from 1978 until 2005 FUB

2. Economy of China

Period Topic Institution
2009/07 - 2010/12 Success Options of Medium-Sized Medical Devices Companies in China HWR / ESF

Selected Publications

Date Title Language
2013/09/24 Quality Assurance in the Health Care Sector: A Comparison of ISO and KTQ in Germany en
2011/10/02 International Certification of Medical Services in Public Health Institutions: Cultural Challenges and New Requirements cn
2010/10/16 German Health Policy and its Myths en
2010/08/27 The German Statutory Health Insurance System and the Current Reform Debate en
2009/09/13 Problems and Future Developments of the German and the Chinese Health Care Systems en
2008/06/01 Guanxi Economics: Confucius meets Lenin, Keynes, and Schumpeter in Contemporary China en
2008/03/01 Power of Disposition and Economic Growth: The Role of the Party Secretary in the Chinese Reform Period de
2006/05/29 The Role of the Party Secretary in the Chinese Reform Period: A Monetary-Keynesian Contribution to the Explanation of Domestic Economic Growth Through "Guanxi-Economics". Independent Research to Acquire the Degree of Magister Artium in Sinology at the East Asian Department of the Faculty of History and Cultural Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. de

Former Positions

Period Position Institution
2010.01 - 2012.12 Business Consultancy KTQ
2000.06 - 2003.09 Business News Production n-tv
1999.09 - 2000.05 Corporate Finance Arthur Andersen

Education and Command of Language

Being a German citizen and simultaneously a member of the Danish minority who grew up in a border town and harbor city, Flensburg, in the Northern German Land Schleswig-Holstein, Frank was raised bilingual. During his childhood, therefore, he visited German as well as Danish schools, sports clubs, and bilingual societies. During his studies at the Freie University Berlin, he has spent two consecutive study visits to the acquisition of the Chinese language in the People's Republic of China, firstly at the Xiamen University in Fujian, and secondly at the Tongji University in Shanghai.

Meanwhile, Frank Diebel lives with four languages: Because of his origin, he speaks German and Danish, because of a one-year student-exchange visit in the USA during his school days, Frank speaks English fluently ever since. During his office and working hours Frank mostly speaks English, with his family he only speaks Chinese.

Period Subject Institution Country
1994.10 - 2006.03 Sinology / Economics FU Berlin Germany
1998.04 - 1998.07 Chinese Language Tongji University China
1997.09 - 1998.03 Chinese Language Xiamen University China
1990.08 - 1993.06 German Gymnasium Handelslehranstalt Flensburg Germany
1989.08 - 1990.06 Danish Gymnasium Duborg Skolen Flensborg Germany
1988.08 - 1989.06 US American High School Richmond Community High School USA

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