Group photo IPE seminar. Photo: DTU Chemical Engineering

Stronger Danish-Chinese collaboration

Wednesday 09 Aug 17

An even closer collaboration between the Institute of Process Engineering Chinese Academy of Sciences and DTU Chemical Engineering will ensure stronger research as well as enhance the quality of the education for young students who choose to go for a double master's degree or a PhD at the Sino-Danish Center for Education and Research in China.

Recently, Denmark’s Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen was on an official visit to China, and in that connection, he stated in a press release that the ‘Middle Kingdom’ is Denmark’s largest trading partner in Asia. That calls for research and education that goes across the two countries, bringing Danes and Chinese closer together.

The mission is clear: we have to work together’, said Suojiang Zhang, Director of Institute of Process Engineering (IPE) during the seminar which objective was to create a joint research and education centre within Chemical and Biochemical Engineering under the existing Sino-Danish Center for Education and Research, also known as ‘SDC’. SCD is a strategic research and education partnership between Denmark’s eight universities, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS). The centre offers seven MSc programmes, all taught in English, in engineering, natural science and social science.

One of these programmes is the double master degree in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering offered in collaboration with the Institute of Process Engineering at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and DTU Chemical Engineering. Now, these two departments have begun the initial discussion on how to improve their future position even further.

We are facing the challenge of defining mutual master and PhD projects and attract research funding to the collaborative projects. We believe that the establishment of an education based research centre will be able to meet these challenges and facilitate the further development of the collaboration. The centre will also provide an excellent opportunity for graduates to continue their research career in a highly competitive international environment and further strengthen their relations with China and Denmark’, says Kim-Dam-Johansen, Head of Department, DTU Chemical Engineering and one of the main forces behind the double master degree in China.

A green centre

The new centre will focus on the key research areas related to sustainable energy and green processes, including bioprocesses, thermal processes, catalytic processes, separation, advanced materials and products and multi-phase- and process modelling in different scales.

‘DTU Chemical Engineering considers it vital to collaborate on exchange students and staff with the world’s best and forward-looking research communities. The collaboration between DTU Chemical Engineering and the Institute of Process Engineering reflects the rapidly moving development in Asia and that the collaboration we have had through the years now is able to expand even further with mutual benefits’, says Kim Dam Johansen.

The completion of the seminar for the two departments also provided a chance to see how the ‘green technologies’ are being implemented in the programme in real life. In the afternoon, a bus transported all participants from the conference centre to DTU in Lyngby where the Green Challenge was held. Here, Danish and Chinese SDC students were ready to share their green projects. Participation in the Green Challenge is a mandatory part of the MSc programme, which also includes a Summer University course in DTU Chemical Engineering’s Pilot Plant along with company visits to Haldor Topsøe, Hempel and Novozymes. And finally an excursion to e.g. Egeskov Castle (old caste at the island of Funen), where the Chinese students were given the opportunity to become acquainted with Danish culture and history.

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This year’s Green Challenge projects from SDC students counted ‘A green approach of production of aerogels from waste clothes’, ‘Sustainable production of algae at Avedøre – A case study’, ‘A membrane technology-based fresh-keeping device for fruit and vegetables’ and ‘Utilization of wastewater generated from sweet potato starch production for cultivation of functional strains’.

Read more about the double MSc in China here.

 

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