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Developing Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Approaches for Collaboration with China

  • Keynote speaker: Morten Laugesen
Wednesday 21 March 2018
The symposium language will be English
Marktsteeg 1
2312 CS Leiden

This symposium aims to create a Leiden-Delft-Erasmus (LDE) platform for exploring possibilities for LDE joint cooperation projects with Chinese partners. It brings together scholars and staff from the three LDE universities involved in cooperation with China on themes of interest and expertise to all three LDE partners and will thus also provide an overview of, and insight into, the scope and diversity of LDE’s cooperation with China. Participants will explore the potential  to collaborate with specific Chinese partners on specific themes, but also the potential to collaborate in organisational terms such as joint communication and branding in China, joint recruitment activities and incoming or outgoing visits. 

Why this symposium?

In the framework of the 2012 LDE strategic alliance, Leiden University, Technical University Delft and Erasmus University of Rotterdam have been expanding and strengthening their collaboration, with each university making use of its own specific strengths. This approach has resulted in joint research and education programmes as well as in joint public-private cooperation.  In view of the overlap in investment in collaboration with various Chinese top universities, and the complementary nature of the LDE universities’ expertise in academic fields of interest to China, there are opportunities to combine LDE expertise and resources for joint projects with China.  The development of joint LDE structural collaboration with China aims to add value for both the Dutch and Chinese sides. 


The seminar will kick off with a plenary session and a keynote speech by Morten Laugesen, to be followed by Q&A and discussion as well as an introduction to the concept of developing joint strategic LDE partnerships in China. The two scheduled parallel workshops offer the opportunity to investigate ‘bottom-up’ where the opportunities lie with, for example, the strengthening of initiatives within a single strategic academic partnership focus in China OR a more thematically driven China relation which calls for in-depth discussion of ideas for multidisciplinary thinking and projects within a certain area such as, for example urbanisation.

13:30 ‑ 14:00

Registration, coffee and tea

14.00 ‑ 15.15

Plenary session

The Future of Academic Cooperation with China: towards multi-university approaches
Welcome and introduction by Prof. Carel Stolker, Rector Magnificus Leiden University
A multi-university approach towards cooperation with China; ‘lessons learned’
Keynote speech by Morten Laugesen, Director Sino-Danish Center (SDC)

Introduction to workshops and expected outcomes: Towards a first exploration of strategic LDE cooperation potential in China; from university-to-university partners to LDE consortium cooperation with China by Prof. Rob Fastenau, Delft University of Technology

15.15 ‑ 15.45

Coffee break

15.45 ‑ 16.45

Parallel sessions

Parallel session I: Developing an ‘LDE one partner approach’ in China
Themes: (1) Circular Economy; (2) Urbanisation; 3) Cryo-EM
Case study: Tsinghua University, Beijing

What existing tools can be implemented to develop collaboration (summer schools, joint supervision of research, student and staff exchange, etc.) on the basis of topics and collaboration initiatives that are in place with Tsinghua University and that have the potential to be further developed with input from various LDE departments?  
Aims: identification of feasible goals and follow-up steps.  

Parallel session II: Developing a thematic LDE approach for working with China

Themes: Law; Governance; Safety and Security; Urbanisation

Which LDE themes can bring together the strengths of the LDE partners to facilitate multidisciplinary thinking, create more visibility, joint recognition and ultimately work towards influence and impact in a chosen area of expertise? 
Aims: identification of themes for LDE-cooperation and profiling in China

16.45 ‑ 17.15

Plenary session

Conclusions from parallel sessions and follow up

17.15 ‑ 18.00

Drinks and networking

Image of Morten Laugesen
Keynotespeaker Morten Laugesen

About Morten Laugesen

Morten Laugesen is Executive Director of the Sino Danish Center (SDC), a partnership comprising  all eight Danish universities, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS). He has helped build the academic partnership with CAS and UCAS, as well as developing the administrative set-up of the SDC.

China has been the centre of Morten Laugesen’s study life and professional life for almost 20 years. He holds a PhD in China Studies from Aarhus University and over the years he has stayed in the country for long and short periods of time to conduct research and work. Even though his daily place of work will be at the SDC office in Denmark he will still have frequent work periods in Beijing.
The overall objective of SDC is to promote and strengthen collaboration between Danish and Chinese learning environments and increase the mobility of students and researchers between Denmark and China. SDC’s activities include Danish-Chinese research collaboration within five selected focus areas, seven affiliated master’s programmes with an annual intake of approximately 150 master’s students and training of a large number of PhD students. 


If you want more information or are interested in participating, please contact Ingrid d’Hooghe or Mirella Imthorn.

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