New Sino-Danish Research Centre  

in Copenhagen

2013.04.18

This week the renowned Chinese Fudan University and the University of Copenhagen inaugurate a new joint research centre in Copenhagen, “Fudan-European Centre for China Studies”. The centre will be based at the Nordic institute of Asian Studies and will be the first of its kind in Europe with focus on research in the interaction between China and Europe.

Building Bridges Between China and Denmark

With Fudan-European Centre for China Studies at the University of Copenhagen, Danish and European researchers will get a new platform to develop a greater understanding of Chinese culture. Chinese researchers and students will get a new window to learn more about European culture and the interaction between the two parts of the world.

- ”I am very pleased as the new centre will strengthen Danish research collaboration with China. China is a very important growth nation and a signification partner for Denmark. Our knowledge about China and Chinese culture has great importance for both the Danish knowledge institutions and for Danish business and exports,” says Morten Østergaard, the Danish Minister for Science, Innovation and Higher Education.

The establishment of the centre is based on the notion that research is a two-way street with focus on both European and Chinese studies. Fudan University appoints Professor Liu Chunrong as Deputy Director, and, Director of Nordic Institute of Asian Studies at the University of Copenhagen, Geir Helgesen, will be the Danish Director of the centre. To begin with, the main focus of the collaboration is within the social sciences.

Why Collaborate with Copenhagen and Denmark?

Fudan University has collaborated with the University of Copenhagen over the past 15 years and with its strategic focus on Asian studies and prime location in Europe, it was an obvious choice for the location of the new centre.

“It has been an honour working with the University of Copenhagen and establish the first Fudan-European Centre. We hope that the centre will function as a bridge as well as a platform for the exchange of knowledge between European and Chinese researchers,” says Yang Yuliang, President of Fudan University.

“At the University of Copenhagen, we have focused strategically on research on Asia for years. The new centre will strengthen the University’s research considerably and give us a prominent position in Europe in this large and very important field,” says Ralf Hemmingsen, Rector of the University of Copenhagen.

Read more at Innovation Centre Denmark.

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