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).

SDC’s activities include Danish-Chinese research collaboration within six selected focus areas, eight affiliated Master’s programmes with an annual intake of approximately 150 master’s 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' Yanqihu Campus north of Beijing.

Joint Managerial Committee

The Joint Managerial Committee is the supreme decision making body of SDC and responsible for SDC's long-term development. Members are 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.

Zhou Qi , chairman

Vice President, CAS and President, UCAS 

Zhang Yaping,

Vice President, CAS

Wang Yanfen,

Vice President, UCAS

Guo Zhengtang,

Director of Geoscience Department, the National Natural Science Foundation of China

Tan Weihong,

Director of Hangzhou Institute of Medicine, CAS

Mikkel Leihardt, chairman.

Director General, Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education

Brian Bech Nielsen,

Rector, Aarhus University

Henrik C. Wegener

Rector, University of Copenhagen

Rector Henrik C. Wegener
Photographer Jon Norddahl

Ole Skøtt

Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southern Denmark

Mikkel Haarder

Deputy Director, Confederation of Danish Industry

The Danish Board of SDC

Henrik C. Wegener

Chairman of the Board

Rector, University of Copenhagen

Rector Henrik C. Wegener
Photographer Jon Norddahl

Rasmus Antoft

Vice Chairman of the Board

Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Aalborg University

Kristine Kilså

Vice Dean for Education

Aarhus University

Kristian Pedersen
Photo: Melissa Bach Yildirim, AU

Jakob Fritz Hansen

Director, Office for Research, Advice and Innovation,

Technical University of Denmark

Martin Jes Iversen

Vice Dean of International Education, Copenhagen Business School

Georg Dam Steffensen

University Director, IT University of Copenhagen

Helle Waagepetersen

Prorector, University of Southern Denmark

Morten Frederiksen

Dean of Social Sciences, Roskilde University

SDC Strategy 2020-2025

The mission for SDC is to add value to the Danish and Chinese societies through collaboration on research, innovation and education.

Download SDC 2020-2025 Strategy (PDF)

The partnership agreement

Download the Partnership Agreement between the eight Danish universities and UCAS (formerly known as GUCAS)

The agreement establishing the Sino-Danish Centre for Education and Research was officially signed 12 april 2010.


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



The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) is China’s 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 China’s scientific progress. Today, the organisation serves as China’s foremost science and technology advisory body to the Chinese government.

Many CAS institutes play an important role in SDC’s 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 (Life Science Engineering and Informatics); 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 the Yanqihu-campus north of Beijing where SDC’s educational activities have taken place since September 2017.

Since its establishment in 1978, UCAS has mainly focused on graduate education and it is China’s largest graduate institution with more than 45,000 enrolled students, including 22,300 PhD students and 22,200 Master’s 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.