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SDC Opening New Building

A house of new opportunities will open its doors when, on 25 September 2017, the Sino-Danish Center for Education and Research (SDC) celebrates the official opening of the House of the Danish Industry Foundation in Beijing. The new building has been built with the support of the Danish Industry Foundation and will serve as home for SDC’s educational and research-related activities.

By Lauritz B. Holm-Nielsen, Executive Director and Morten Laugesen, Deputy Director, Sino-Danish Center for Education and Research

SDC was established in 2010 as a result of the “Strategy for Knowledge-Based Collaboration between Denmark and China”, which the Danish Government launched in 2008. Today, SDC’s activities include Danish-Chinese research collaboration within six selected interdisciplinary areas (Water and Environment, Sustainable energy, Nanoscience, Social Science, Life Science, and Food and Health Science), seven affiliated Master’s programmes with an annual intake of approximately 150 Master’s students, and training of many Danish and Chinese PhD students.

Bringing people together
The opening of the building will be celebrated over three days, culminating with the official opening in which HRH Crown Prince Frederik as well as ministers, partners from industry, governments and universities, academic staff, students and alumni will participate.

The house is not just a new building for SDC. It is also a new building for Denmark, and it will be open for companies, universities and institutions with activities in China. The building itself has been designed on the basis of a proposal by Danish architects Lundgaard & Tranberg and will showcase Danish architecture, design and know-how. The House of the Danish Industry Foundation is furnished with Danish design furniture and will be a lively, engaging environment where people can experience the Danish approach to education. Academic staff and students will live in and adjacent to this centre of academic campus life. Training and teaching will take place formally in the classrooms and informally throughout the building. The house is designed to inspire creativity and to build networks and lifelong partnerships. It provides a valuable opportunity to invite Chinese collaborators to meet in and experience a little piece of Denmark in China.

The new facilities will make it possible to offer training to industries, companies and businesses, and will strengthen SDC’s already large industry network. In future years, SDC will focus on consolidating the collaboration between research and industry. This new center of SDC’s activities is located next door to a new Science City, which is planned to house some of China’s foremost research facilities and potentially 10 of CAS advanced institutes. SDC is the first international centre in this new hot spot for science and innovation. We intend to capitalise on this extraordinary opportunity and to forge new partnerships in attractive research areas in close collaboration with R&D departments from Danish and Chinese companies and universities.

Spot and recruit
SDC already collaborates effectively with many companies in terms of teaching cases, company internships and external examiners. In this way, companies can access a pool of talented students – from both China and Denmark. The programmes give companies an opportunity to spot and recruit new employees who are trained in specific skills and who also have great insight into Danish and Chinese culture. The Chinese SDC students are recruited through the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, and every year they attract some of the very best Chinese students.

In recent years, SDC has contributed to consolidating and strengthening research collaborations between Danish and Chinese researchers. New collaborations have been formed, and every year more than 500 Danish and Chinese researchers carry out activities within the framework of SDC. China invests extensively in research and development and is on its way to becoming one of the world-leading nations within the field of knowledge. According to international assessments, Denmark (along with Switzerland and the Netherlands) belongs to a small group of research super powers led by the USA, Great Britain, France and Germany. This makes the Danish research community especially attractive for Chinese partnerships; and for Denmark, a small but very knowledge intensive nation, it is important to seize this opportunity to build lasting networks between the two countries.

Open house
On 26 September, the new building will be open to the public, and everyone is welcome to come and take a look. SDC will arrange guided tours for visitors.
Read more about the event here

SDC partners
The Chinese partners are the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), which is China’s largest research institution in science, technology, and innovation. On the Danish side, it is all eight universities and the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science.

Facts about the building
The SDC building is five storeys high and covers 10,770 m2. The Danish Industry Foundation has granted DKK 99 million (CNY 104 million) for the construction of the building. On a daily basis, it will be frequented by Master’s students, PhD students, teachers and researchers, companies and staff. It has the following facilities:

  • 20 apartments for teachers and researchers
  • 3 lecture halls
  • 10 classrooms
  • 10 group rooms
  • 10 research offices
  • 8 PhD offices
  • 4 meeting rooms
  • Lounges for students and teachers
  • Common areas with study stations
  • 4 administration offices
  • Gym
  • Canteen

How to get there
The building is located at UCAS’ Yanqihu campus, 60 km north of Beijing. With only 45 km to Beijing Airport, it is also easily accessed from other parts of Asia. It is close to picturesque mountains and only 25km away from the Great Wall of China. The nearest city is Huairou (20 minutes away) and there are several hotels nearby.