About SDC

SDC is a partnership between all eight Danish universities, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS).

SDCís activities include Danish-Chinese research collaboration within five selected focus areas, seven affiliated Masterís programmes with an annual intake of approximately 150 masterís students and training of a large number of PhD students.

The overall objective is to promote and strengthen collaboration between Danish and Chinese learning environments and increase mobility of students and researchers between Denmark and China.

Sino-Danish Center is located at UCAS' Zhongguancun Campus in Beijing.

Joint Managerial Committee

The committee is the supreme decision making body of SDC and responsible for SDC's long-term development. Currently it has four members from China and five members from Denmark (appointed for a period of five years).
The committee includes representatives from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Danish universities and the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science. The committee convenes once a year.


Ding Zhongli,
President, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Cao Jianlin,
Vice Minister, Ministry of Science and Technology

Wang Yanfen,
Vice President, UCAS

Chen Lin,
Director of the State Key Laboratory of Brain and Cognitive Science, CAS

Agnete Gersing
Permanent Secretary, Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science

Brian Bech Nielsen,
Rector, Aarhus University

Mads Lebech,
CEO, Danish Industry Foundation

Ralf Hemmingsen,
Former Rector, University of Copenhagen

Martin Bendsøe,
Professor, Technical University of Denmark

The Danish Board of the SDC

The Danish Board consists of eight members representing all Danish universities. Members are appointed for a four-year period.


Chairman Brian Bech Nielsen,
Rector, Aarhus University

Deputy Chairman
Thomas Bjørnholm
Prorector, University of Copenhagen

Inger Askehave
Prorector, Aalborg University

Peter Kjær
Prorector, Roskilde University

Jørgen Staunstrup
Former provost, the IT University

Martin Bendsøe
Professor, Technical University of Denmark

Martin Zachariasen
Dean of the Faculty of Science, University of Southern Denmark

Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard
Professor, Copenhagen Business School


Eight Danish universities have teamed up and bring in strong Danish competences within natural sciences and social sciences. Each Masterís programme is anchored at a Danish university.



The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) is Chinaís largest research institution in science, technology and high-tech innovation. CAS comprises more than 100 research institutes located in all parts of China with a total of almost 70,000 staff members.

Since its founding in 1949, CAS has been the most significant contributor to Chinaís scientific progress. Today, the organisation serves as Chinaís foremost science and technology advisory body to the Chinese government.

Many CAS institutes play an important role in SDCís educational activities, including Institute of Process Engineering (Chemical and Biochemical Engineering); Institute of Biophysics (Neuroscience and Neuroimaging); Institute of Chemistry (Nanoscience and Technology); Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology (Water and Environment); Beijing Institute of Genomics (Omics); and many more.

University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) is a university under the direct leadership of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). It is located in Beijing where it operates four campuses, including Yanqihu-campus north of Beijing where SDCís educational activities will take place from September 2017.

Since its establishment in 1978, UCAS has mainly focused on graduate education and it is Chinaís largest graduate institution with more than 45,000 enrolled students, including 22,300 PhD students and 22,200 Masterís students. In 2012, UCAS opened its doors for undergraduate students for the first time.

The university is widely recognised as one of the top universities in China. As UCAS is run by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the students have access to the cutting-edge research facilities in China during their research training and dissertation work at the CAS institutes.