10 years of collaboration and impact

11 December 2020

Professor and Dean of Sino-Danish College Zhao Hong welcomed more than 200 participants when 10 years of intensive Chinese-Danish collaboration was celebrated online and at SDC in Huairou. SDC marked the anniversary with a symposium and launch of the first SDC International Report.

Among other prominent guests, the event was attended by the Ambassador of Denmark to China Thomas Østrup Møller and Wang Yanfen, executive vice president, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences.

“The Sino-Danish relations revolve around shared interest, mutual respect and dialogue. Exactly dialogue is the DNA of SDC. All of you Chinese and Danish students present here today, you sprout from different soil, providing us your own distinctive characteristics, ideas and values. And this diversity is what makes SDC a fertile ground for learning and research,” the Ambassador Thomas Østrup Møller said in his speech where he referred to SDC as a house of science.

“A house where we adhere to the universal standards of knowledge production and veracity. Here we strive to pass on the best of our knowledge and produce new insights that will contribute to the improvement of our societies.”

Over the past decade, much progress and many achievements have been made, some of which can be made up in numbers. Among those are a number of joint research projects, more than 600 scientific publications (2015-2019), co-funding of more than 400 Danish and Chinese PhD students, and almost 800 graduates have met the world with a double degree from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and a Danish university in their hand.

Launch of the first SDC International Report

The first SDC International Report “Cooperating for Energy Transition”, which comprises contributions from nearly 50 Chinese and Danish researchers, was launched and marked with three parallel paper sessions.

  • Technology perspectives
  • Providing clean energy
  • Innovating the future

“This report shows the synergies between our countries and between research on sustainable energy and in social science,” said Principal Coordinator Stine Haakonsson who is one of the editors, and Principal Coordinator Birte Holst Jørgensen elaborated:

“No country alone can combat climate change, and in 2015 the world agreed on the Paris accord in order to keep global temperature increase well below 2 degree. Also, in 2015 Mission Innovation was launched to accelerate clean energy innovation with China and Denmark as founding countries.”

Together with their Chinese counterparts Hong Zhao and Guangchao Chen they have edited the report, which is the result of many years of collaboration across scientific disciplines and borders.