Sino-Danish Center for Education and Research (SDC)


Sino-Danish Center for Education and Research (SDC)

The Sino-Danish Center for Education and Research (SDC) is a joint project collaboration concerning education and research between the eight Danish universities, the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, the Graduate University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (GUCAS) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). The overall aim of SDC is to promote and strengthen collaboration between Danish and Chinese research and learning environments for the benefit of both countries.

The Sino-Danish Center will be located at GUCAS’ future Yanqihu Campus northeast of Beijing and will be fully operational in March 2013 providing an efficient organizational structure and a modern physical environment. SDC will offer high quality master programmes to 300 master students as well as PhD training programmes to 75 PhD students. In addition to supporting the educational environments, SDC aims to enhance scientific and technological collaboration based on the best competencies and research environments in the two countries in part by supporting the mobility of researchers and scientific personnel between Denmark and China and by facilitating mutually beneficial interaction between universities and the industry.

Master programme in Neuroscience and Neuroimaging specialize in solving the mysteries of the human brain

In recent decades, neuroscience has emerged as a fast evolving field that encompass and combine scientific fields from molecule to man, and from genomic profiling to imaging. Neuroimaging is currently becoming relevant to a number of health science disciplines. Importantly this initiative may have a great impact on the future understanding, diagnosis and possible treatment of devastating neurological diseases.

The SDC Master’s programme in Neuroscience and Neuroimaging is developed by active researchers from both Denmark and China – uniting the most recent research, modern technology, and problem-oriented learning methods. The unique combination of advanced imaging techniques and a broad knowledge in basic and clinical neuroscience topics enables the students to join the growing field of neuroscience and neuroimaging as well as fill the rising demand for graduates specialized in neuroimaging due to the increasing worldwide availability of advanced imaging methods. As for all SDC master programmes, it is the intention to share the teaching responsibilities equally between China and Denmark, facilitating scientific collaborations as an extra bonus. This Master programme is rooted at Aarhus University but includes course-organizers and lecturers from the other Danish universities as well as several CAS institutes. The programme is scheduled to start in September 2012 enrolling 15 Danish and 15 Chinese BSc graduates.

The 1st Research and Education W orkshop for SDC Life Science: Neuroscience and Cognition

Researchers from GUCAS College of Life Science and the CAS institutes: Institute of Biophysics, Institute of Automation, and Institute of Neuroscience met with scientists from Aarhus University, University of Copenhagen, University of Southern Denmark, and Technical University of Denmark for the first Research and Education Workshop in the Neuroscience and Cognition sub-theme of SDC. The workshop took place in Beijing in January 2012 and focused on discussing and planning the newly accredited Master programme in Neuroscience and Neuroimaging and to strengthen research collaborations within the fields of neuroscience and neuroimaging. To emphasize the collaborative nature of this new education, each course has a Chinese and a Danish co-organizer, who discussed the detailed planning and organization during the workshop. Teachers from all courses were represented at the workshop, providing opportunities to discuss the progression and coherence of the Master program.

The initiation of fruitful Chinese-Danish research collaborations was facilitated by visits to several laboratories at CAS institutes, with Professor Yong Fan, Institute of Automation, Professor Yan Zhuo, Institute of Biophysics, and Professor Zengqiang Yuan, Institute of Biophysics as hosts. These visits were very enlightening for the Danish scientists and promoted interesting discussions, and revealed several avenues of collaborative research projects. To implement these collaborations, research stays in China and Denmark are essential and several exchanges of students and post docs were therefore discussed. Furthermore, two Danish SDC funded PhD students participated in the workshop, which gave them the opportunity to discuss their projects with their future Chinese co-supervisors and plan their stays at the Chinese labs.