Noting the strong track record of collaboration between Chinese and Danish researchers and seeking to add value to the Chinese and Danish societies through the exchange of knowledge, technology and talent, the Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (GUCAS), the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, and the Danish Universities have agreed to jointly develop a Sino-Danish Center for Research and Education (SDC).
On May 21, 2008, a fact-finding delegation from the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and Danish Universities visited GUCAS and discussed the prospects for an overall collaboration between GUCAS and Danish universities. On Sep. 8, 2008, a Danish delegation led by Prof. Ole Fejerskov visited GUCAS again. After a whole day’s review and visit on GUCAS’ four campus in Beijing, at the evening of that day they gladly declared that GUCAS would be recommended to the Danish side as first choice among the potential partners to host a Danish University Centre in Beijing. The center is later officially named the Sino-Danish Center for Research and Education (SDC).
On Oct.22, 2008, H.E. Wen Jiabao, Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China and H.E. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Denmark witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding Concerning the Establishment of a Sino-Danish Center for Research and Education, at the Great Hall of the People. On Oct.23, 2008, H.E. Anders Fogh Rasmussen attended the signing ceremony for Memorandum of Understanding Between Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences and Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation & Danish Universities at GUCAS.
The SDC will be located in a new construction of approximately 8,000-10,000 square meters provided by the Danish side placed on GUCAS’ Yanqihu campus. The center should be identifiable as the Chinese-Danish Center of Research and Education, also in terms of ambitious expression and application of design, architecture and green technologies.When the SDC has been fully deployed, it will accommodate approximately 100 researchers, 75 PhD students and 150 master's degree students from China, Denmark and other countries and, at the same time it will be of benefit to the more than 350 Danish enterprises already established in China. At SDC, all programs are taught in English, and teaching methodologies encourage interdisciplinary approaches, creative thinking and innovation.
In addition to educational programs, the SDC will also provide a platform for jointly undertaking research activities and exchanging scientific staff between China and Denmark. The center will be run in cooperation with all CAS institutes. SDC's partnership is open for other Chinese universities. All eight Danish universities will contribute to the Center by combining capacities and positions of strength.
It is envisaged that the center on initiation would focus on the following fields: (a) Life sciences and biomedicine; (b) Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies; (c) Renewable energy; (d) Water and the environment; (e) Welfare studies and Innovation management.
The first Joint symposium and workshop Between Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences and Danish Universities is to be convened at GUCAS from Oct.19—21, 2009. It is expected that some 60 Chinese and 70 Danish researchers and scholars will come to discuss about SDC research activities, curriculum development, planning of collaborative programs and promote understandings and cooperation.
With implementation of SDC project, it is the ambition that Chinese and Danish researchers will get the optimal framework and conditions for developing new knowledge in areas of high importance to the social and economic development of both countries. Moreover, the center will be a platform for training of a new generation of Chinese and Danish students within the same creative research environments.