Staff List

Prof. Hans Werner Hess
Head of Department
Tel: 3411-5751
Professor (European Studies / German Area Studies)
Deputy Director of the European Union Academic Programme (EUAP 2012-2017) / Europe Asia Policy Centre for Comparative Research (2017-)
Member of the Knowledge Transfer Committee, HKBU


EURO 1008-9 Europe: Unity & Diversity
EURO 2006 Contemporary European Societies I: The German-speaking Countries
EURO 4016 Contemporary European Societies II: Struktur und Zukunft der Sozialen Marktwirtschaft
EURO 4007 European Economic and Business Life: Wirtschaft im Wandel / Deutsch-chinesische Wirtschaftsbeziehungen
EURO 4898-9 Honours Project (European Studies)
GDSS 1055 The World of Contemporary Europe

  • Dr. phil. (summa cum laude), Education, Technische Universität Berlin (1992)
  • Staatsexamen (passed with excellence), German / American Studies, Linguistics, Freie Universität Berlin (1984)
  • Certificado, Lengua Espanola, Universidad Complutense Madrid (1984)
  • Diploma, Lengua, Literatura y Cultura Espanolas, Universidad de Cádiz (1983)
  • Professor, Hong Kong Baptist University (2005)
  • Associate Professor, Hong Kong Baptist College (1994)
  • Associate Guest Professor (kezuo fujiaoshou) Zhejiang University Hangzhou (1991)
  • Outstanding Foreign Expert (You tuchu gongxiande waiguo zhuanjia), State Council of the P. R. China (1990)

Guest Professor Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen / Germany (2004)

At HKBU since 1992 (Faculty of Arts 1992-94, Faculty of Social Sciences 1994-)

Previous Teaching Experience:

  • Education, Intercultural Education, Education of Immigrant Children, Didactics of German as a Foreign / Second Language, German in Multinational Classes, Grammar and the Teaching of Grammar, Methodology and Media in Foreign / Second Language Teaching, German Grammar (TU Berlin).
  • German as a Foreign Language (all levels), German for Science, Germany and Europe, German History, Politics and Society, European Film, Current Developments in Germany and Europe, Foundations of Educational Science, Methodology of Textbook Development, Applied Educational Research, Didactics and Methodology of German as a Foreign Language (Zhejiang University Hangzhou).
  • Introduction to the Study of Language, Language in an International Perspective (BAASS Conversion Course); Language Acquisition (English Major); German 1+2 (Hong Kong Baptist College, Faculty of Arts).
  • German at beginners / intermediate level, Business German (Goethe-Institut Hong Kong)
  • E-Learning / German as a Foreign Language, Area Studies: Austria and Switzerland (University of Gießen)
  • Blended Learning and German as a Foreign Language (Zhejiang University Hangzhou, Goethe-Institut Kuala Lumpur)

Other Experience:

  • Deputy Director, Europe Asia Policy Centre for Comparative Research (2017-)
  • Deputy Director, European Union Academic Programme (2012-2017)
  • Resident Director, HKBU Summer Program, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Cuernavaca / Mexico (2006)
  • Member of Internationalisation Advisory Committee HKBU (2003-2013)
  • 'Teaching Enhancement Coordinator' of the Dept. of Government and International Studies (1998-2013)
  • External Examiner, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Department of English, B.A. (Hons) in Languages with Business (1993-99)
  • Research Scholar, Technische Universität Berlin / Centre for Intercultural Education and Centre for Technological Cooperation (1991-92)
  • Visiting Scholar (DAAD / German Academic Exchange Service), Zhejiang University Hangzhou (1987-88, 1989-91)
  • Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (Assistant Prof.), Technische Universität Berlin / FB 20 (1984-87, 1988-89)
  • Research Assistant / Instructor, German Federal Ministry of Education and Science Bonn / Berlin Senator of Educational Affairs (1981-84)
Research Interests
  • EU and European Area Studies from an Asian Perspective
  • Curriculum Development
  • E-Learning

Recent Research & Development Projects
  • Europe Asia Policy Centre for Comparative Research (2017-)
  • The EU and Urban Development (2014-2018)
  • European Union Academic Programme. European Commission - Service for Foreign Policy Instruments / Hong Kong Consortium for European Union Studies (2012-2017)
  • Optimizing Multimedia Self-Access Learning. University Grants Committee of Hong Kong (2007-09)