On May 9th, the Fifth Meeting of Joint Managerial Committee (JMC) of Sino-Danish Center for Education and Research was held successfully at International Conference Center at UCAS Yanqihu campus. Ding Zhongli, CAS vice president and UCAS president, also as Chinese JMC Chairman, attended the meeting. The other participants include CAS member and UCAS vice president Wu Yueliang, Ms. Wang Yanfen, UCAS Vice President and Chinese JMC member; Ms. Agnete Gersing (Danish JMC Chairman), Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Higher Education and Science; Mr. Lebech, CEO of Danish Industry Foundation; Mr. Bendsoee, Vice President of Technical University of Denmark. Ms Wang Yanfen chaired the meeting.
Ding Zhongli was satisfied with SDC’s fast development and the achievements made in training Master and PhD students. He was happy to see SDC graduates were warmly welcomed by society due to a competitive edge in scientific training and cultural understanding, proving that SDC educational cooperation was very successful. He also mentioned that the running of SDC Building this year would further promote Sino-Danish science and research collaboration. On behalf of Chinese Academy of Science and UCAS, Vice President Ding expressed his sincere gratitude to Danish partners, especially Danish Industry Foundation, Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science, Danish Building and Property Agency, and also UCAS staff for their consistent support and efforts. He believed that as the special China-foreign collaboration program and the center for science and research, SDC will enhance cooperation in depth and breadth with the nine universities and grow up to a model of international cooperation.
Permanent Secretary Gersing of Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science expressed sincere gratitude to Ding’s warm welcome and thanked for his efforts and supports on promoting SDC’s current and future development. She was also very satisfied with the construction of SDC building and very much looking forward to using the building from the next semester. A lot of supports and expectations on SDC’s good development have been given by Danish government and she believed that even though faced with challenges ahead, we are now having “ambitious and realistic goals”. Danish government and eight universities will as always promote SDC’s development jointly and work together to make SDC a platform and a bridge of international cooperation.
Representatives present at the meeting discussed the agenda of the meeting, including SDC Annual Report 2016, Director’s Plans and Forecast for SDC 2018-2019, construction progress of SDC Building, and SDC Accounts and Budget 2016-2017. SDC Executive Director Mr. Lauritz B. Holm-Nielsen mentioned that we had positive results from the Danish evaluation of SDC program, which was conducted by a third-party agency, concluding that ”Sino-Danish Center is an ambitious and unique partnership with tremendously positive long-term perspective in terms of creating benefits for both countries”. Mr. Lebech, CEO of Danish Industry and Foundation, was very happy with the result of building construction and proud of witnessing the building started from scratch. He looked forward to this year’s inauguration of the building and expected more enterprises and companies to be involved. Mr. Bendsoee, a Danish JMC member, highly appraised SDC’s role in enhancing science and research collaboration between universities from both sides and believed the bridge of SDC will grow up to a bigger platform. Professor Wang Chen, Professor Zhang Hongxun and Professor Zhao Hong as SDC Principal Coordinators also showed their gratitude to efforts from both sides and said they would steadily support SDC’s future development.
The meeting came to a fruitful end, which leads SDC’s development to a fast track. The official operation of SDC building marks a new chapter in SDC development.
Professor Hu Zhengyi, SDC Chinese Executive Dean; Dr. Xie Yong, Director of International Affairs Office of UCAS; and Professor Wang Chen from National Nano Center, CAS, Professor Zhao Hong from School of Economy and Management, UCAS and Professor Zhang Hongxun from Institute of Resources and Environment, UCAS also attended the meeting.