Emmanuel Fritzen – Professional Carrier

There are some who are in darkness
And the others are in light
And you see the ones in brightness
Those in darkness drop from site.

(Bertolt Brecht)



  • Born at Berlin-Neukölln, Germany

1959 - 1963

Volksschule Lüchow

  • Primary School at Lüchow (Lower Saxony), grades 1 - 4

1963 - 1966

Gymnasiom Lüchow

1966 - 1968

Fu-Jen-University and Heng-Yi-Middle-School XinZhuang (Taiwan)

  • The family stayed abroad in Taiwan (Republic of China)
  • Language studies Mandarin at the Mandarin-Center of Fu-Jen-University in XinZhuang (today XinZhuang District of New Taipei City)
  • Guest student at Catholic Heng-Yi-Middle-School at XinZhuang (local secondary school)
  • Language studies French at Fu-Jen-University at XinZhuang

1968 - 1971

Gymnasium Lüchow

  • Science focused high school program at Gymnasium Lüchow (Lower Saxony), grades 11 - 13

1971 - 1975

Universität Göttingen

1975 - 1976

PH Niedersachsen

  • Studies of Pedagogy, Psychology and Teaching Methods at the Pedagogic University of the State of Lower Saxony, Göttingen branch
  • Internship at Realschule Northeim (Lower Saxony), during Winter semester 1975/76
  • Internship (Großes Realschulpraktikum) at Gerhard-Hauptmann-Realschule Nordhorn (Lower Saxony) February till April 1976

1976 - 1978

Freiherr-vom-Stein-Gymnasium Berlin

1978 - 1985

  • Teacher at Freiherr-vom-Stein-Oberschule (Gymnasium) at Berlin-Spandau, government secondary and high school
  • Subjects taught: Mathematics and Physics, including additional optional extra-curricular courses
  • Since 1979/89 permanently acting as form tutor
  • Since 1979/80 involved in the high school program, examiner in high school diplomas (Abitur) in Mathematics and Physics
  • In charge of the Science laboratories at the branch school at Carl-Schulz-Straße (Altes Kant-Gymnasium)
  • In charge of setting up new Science laboratories at a branch school Grundschule am Wasserwerk
  • In charge of the organization of all school events of the Music department including public relations, marketing, stage organization and technical equipment
  • In charge of school documentation of all events, including the visit of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Karl Carstens
  • Representative of the „Gymnasium“ in information campaigns for parents of primary schools children on order to convince them to choose the appropriate secondary school 

1985 - 1990

Cameroon College of Arts and Sciences Kumba (Cameroon)

  • Development worker at Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst in Cameroon as teacher at Cameroon College of Arts and Sciences Kumba (Government secondary and high school)
  • Subjects taught: Mathematics, Physics, Further Mathematics in secondary and high school, language of instruction English
  • Head of Mathematics department
  • In charge of entrance examination for new students in Mathematics and Physics
  • Member of various school committees, i.e. permanent secretary of the disciplinary council
  • In charge of new Science laboratories for Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geology, Technology, assigned by the Ministry of National Education (The equipment was provided by the German company Leybold-Heraeus.)
  • Supervisor of A-Level-Examinations (Physics Practical) assigned by the Ministry of National Education for another college
  • In-service teacher training program for Physics teachers on school and district levels
  • In-service teacher training seminar on behalf of the “South West Association of Physics Teachers” with the aim to produce appropriate teaching aids and to write a textbook for Physics in the Anglophone Provinces of Cameroon in co-operation with Cameroonian teachers, Members of the British Council and Volunteers of the U.S. Peace Corps.
  • Member of various councils and committees of Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst, including the evaluation of four new projects of development co-operation

1990 - 1991

Bernd-Ryke-Grundschule Berlin

  • Teacher at Bernd-Ryke-Grundschule at Berlin-Spandau, government primary school
  • Subjects taught: Mathematics, General Knowledge, German as Foreign Language

1991 - 1992

Grundschule am Windmühlenberg Berlin

  • Teacher at Grundschule am Windmühlenberg at Berlin-Spandau, government primary school
  • Subjects taught: Mathematics, English as Foreign Language, General Knowledge, Technology, Music, PE, Arts
  • Form tutor, member of the financial council, in charge of Design and Technology equipment and audio-visual media

1992 - 1999

  • School head of Grundschule am Windmühlenberg at Berlin-Spandau, government primary school
  • (Government primary school with two streams, grades 1 – 6, preschool class and two special classes for refugee children with no knowledge of German language, 320 students, 25 teaching staff)
  • Subjects taught: Mathematics, English as Foreign Language, General Knowledge, Music, PE, Art
  • Team teaching in inclusive classes with learning disabilities, hearing impairment, mentally disabilities and behavior problems
  • Extracurricular classes in Technology, Woodworks, ICT (text processing, network, web design)
  • In-service courses on time management, stress prevention, text processing, network, web design
  • Coordination of the development of a new school action plan with emphasis on:
    • Offensive PR strategy
    • Inclusion of disabled children
    • Prevention of violence
    • Integration of migrants
    • Increase of density of childcare
    • Healthy nutrition
    • Qualification of staff members
    • Transparency planning and decisionmaking processes
    • Introduction of new communication technology
  • The school participated in the competition of the Carl Bertelsmann Award 1996 „Innovative School Systems in International Compare“ for the national special award „Innovative Schulen in Deutschland“. The school was nominated as an example for a school with an innovative approach in the national network (National Network).
  • Personal qualifications in the fields of:
    • Administrative organization
    • Budgeting and accounts
    • Computer assisted timetabling
    • Process oriented leadership
    • Moderation and communication
    • Observing, analyzing and valuating teaching activities
    • Handling aggressive behaviour
    • EDU-kinesthetic
    • NLP approach as instrument for integrated learning
    • etc.
  • Participation in several seminars and congresses in the fields of „schools in extended responsibilities“ and „special education in problems of behaviour“
  • Moderation of a workshop for school heads and school inspectors from Berlin-Spandau and Berlin-Charlottenburg in the field of „schools in extended responsibilities“
  • Moderation of the school development process of two secondary schools at Berlin in order to implement their school development action plan 
  • Development of teaching aids and material for the project "Eine Welt in der Schule" at University of Bremen.
  • Member of IBS – Berlin School Heads‘ Association

1999 - 2007

Theodor-Litt-Hauptschule Bonn

  • Principal of Theodor-Litt-Schule, government secondary school at Bonn
  • (Secondary school with three streams, grades 5 – 10, 420 students, 34 teaching staff)
  • Subjects taught: Mathematics, Physics, English as Foreign Language, ICT
  • In-service training for teachers of various schools in ICT
  • Coordination of a new school development action plan:
    • Offensive PR strategy
    • Career counseling, cooperation with numerous enterprises and partners
    • Prevention of violence
    • Integration of migrants
    • Increase of density of child care
    • Cooperation with partners on local level
    • Healthy nutrition, environmental awareness
    • In-service training for staff
    • Transparency of decision making processes
    • Introduction of ICT based communication
  • Model school in teacher training in cooperation with University of Bonn
  • Personal qualifications in the fields of:
    • ICT
    • Management by objectives
    • etc.
  • Member of  „Runder Sprachentisch“ at the chamber of trade and commerce of Cologne and the district administration of Cologne

·         Development of teaching aids and material for the project "Eine Welt in der Schule" at University of Bremen.

  • Affiliated member of the executive board of the confederation of principals  of North Rhine-Westphalia (SLV NRW) from 11/2002 until 11/2004
    • In charge of questions concerning „Hauptschule“ and Cologne district
    • Regional training programs for school heads
    • Survey on experiences of school heads in North Rhine-Westphalia in recruiting teachers without formal qualifications

2007 - 2017

Deutsche Schule Taipei (Taiwan)

·         Deutsche Schule Taipei in an official German School Abroad, supported by the German government through the Federal Agency of Administration  Zentralstelle für das Auslandsschulwesen.

·         It includes Kindergarten, primary school and secondary school.

·         The German school, the British school, the French school and an overarching High School are operated under the umbrella of Taipei European School Foundation.

·         Starting from Kindergarten up to grade 8 the three schools are performing their respective national curricula. The German school is teaching the curriculum agreed by the German Standing Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (KMK) for the German schools abroad in East and South East Asia and Australia.

·         Part of the subjects is taught in integrated lessons with students from all three sections.

·         In grades 9 and 10 the German students follow a special program approved by the KMK. In some subjects the students participate in the British curriculum in English language. In grade 10 all German students attend the centralized Sekundar-I-Abschlussprüfung of KMK as well as the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) of the University of Cambridge.  

·         In grades 11 and 12 the German students participate in the International Baccalaureate Diploma program of the British Secondary and High School Section provided by the IB-Organisation. All teaching is in English language apart from the Course “German Language and Literature”. With this qualification they are due to enter all German universities (Allgemeine Hochschulzugangsberechtigung).

·         The pre-school program is integrated into a flexible school entry phase, that guarantees a smooth transition from Kindergarten into primary school based on the individual development and needs of each child.

·         In Taipei European School many teachers teach across the section or in integrated classes. German teachers of German Section teach German as Foreign Language in the British and French school programs.

2017 - 2021

Geschäftsführer Deutsche Sängerschaft



  • Release of the German Institute Taipei:

On April 16th, 2018, the Director General of the German Institute, Martin Eberts, handed over the Federal Cross of Merit to the former Principal of the German School Taipei, Mr. Emmanuel Fritzen. Mr. Fritzen acted as School Head from 2007 until 2017. In this capacity he contributed in an extraordinary way in the development of the German School, the integration into Taipei European School, and he intensified multifaceted contacts with Taiwanese partners. Mr. Fritzen is on retirement since 2017, but he is nevertheless still active in multiple projects.

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Updated on 2021/07/16 by Emmanuel Fritzen