Celebrating the 2024 graduates - a crucial role in fostering strong relations

01 July 2024

There were countless proud and happy faces, at SDC, when the 2024 graduates were celebrated for completing their Master’s degrees.

More than 150 graduates, friends, families, members of the Danish Board of SDC, Dorthe Lange, Chargé d'affaires at the Embassy of Denmark to China, and Professor Zhou Qi, President of UCAS, joined a day filled with joy, pride and a touch of uncertainty about what lies ahead beyond the university walls.

Lisbeth Fisher graduated with a degree in ‘Innovation Management’ and she delivered a heartfelt speech, paying tribute to her fellow students while acknowledging the bittersweet nature of the occasion.

To me, you are all superheroes and I know deep in my heart that in a few years’ time we will read about our classmates in journals, newspapers, or on TV for being the best in their field and changing the world as you have already changed mine.

We kept on waiting for this very moment until today, and suddenly this moment we have been waiting for has come at last. We studied (hard) for our exams, did more than one all-nighter for an unusually sudden deadline, crossed days off our calendars, counted hours, minutes, and seconds, and now that the day is finally here, I am sorry that it is because it means leaving friends who inspire me and teachers who’ve been my mentors, – so many people who have left an everlasting mark on me and my fellow students’ lives impermeable and forever,’ said Lisbeth Fischer.

The spirit of the SDC

Professor Wei Yuansong teaches the Water and Environment programme, and he emphasized the unique spirit of SDC students in his speech.

Cooperation, innovation and facing challenges are the key values of the SDC, and I hope all you graduates can uphold these spirits of the SDC, and not only make great contributions to both the Danish and the Chinese societies, especially the modernization of harmony between humanity and nature, but also achieving the UN SDGs in the world,’ said Professor Wei Yuansong.

An important contribution to relations

Dorthe Lange, Chargé d'affaires at the Embassy of Denmark to China, highlighted the graduates’ crucial role in fostering strong relations with their co-students and between their home countries.

As you step out into the world, you too will be ambassadors of this partnership. You are an important contribution to relations between Denmark and China, between Danes and Chinese. And such people-to-people relations help create understanding, connections, trust and respect between cultures. The world needs this. Hope you will inspire many more to choose a similar path,’ said Dorthe Lange.

The celebration was a testament to the hard work, dedication, and strong bonds formed at SDC, marking the beginning of new journeys for the 2024 graduates.