VIA opens research centre in China

From the left: Director of VIA School of Technology and Business, Konstantin Lassithiotakis, Vice Director of Chengdu High-Tech Management Comitte, Mr. Fu Xue Kun, Mayor of the Municipality of Horsens, Peter Sørensen, Vice Director of Chengdu Environment Protection Bureau, Mrs. Zhang Jing and Director of EUPIC, Mrs. Segree Dai.

The new centre supports Sino-Danish collaboration on research in energy and environmental protection. 

By Camilla Marcinkowski, journalist, cama@via.dk

Danish and Chinese partners have opened a research and innovation centre in Chengdu named the ”Sino-Danish New Energy and Environmental Protection Research and Development Application Center.” 

The centre is a result of an increased cooperation between the sister cities of Horsens and Chengdu. 

“We see now how valuable this sister city agreement between our two cities is,” says Peter Sørensen, Mayor of Horsens and head of VIAs board of directors. 

In addition to Horsens and VIA, partners include Chengdu High-Tech Zone and the EU Project Innovation Center (EUPIC). Horsens, Hedensted, and VIA already share an office in Chengdu, located at EUPIC’s premises. 

Denmark is a clean energy leader 

Director of EUPIC, Segree Dai, says the research centre will facilitate a closer cooperation between Danish and Chinese companies, authorities and researchers. 

“Denmark is known as a leading country within renewable energy, water and cleantech. We are very excited for the cooperation,” Segree Dai says. 

She expects the centre to strengthen the innovation and international competitiveness of Chinese companies - through joint research and development projects.

Chengdu has a strong focus on the environment 

Director of Research at VIA University College, Lotte Thøgersen, is impressed with Chengdu’s strong focus on energy and environmental protection. She believes VIA can contribute to developing these areas in China. 

“At VIA, we combine high-quality education, research and a close cooperation with private industry. I believe this approach will work really well in Chengdu as well,” says Lotte Thøgersen. 

For further information, please contact: 

Lotte Thøgersen, Director of Research VIA School of Business
Technology & Creative Industries 

T: +45 8755 4191 
E: lot@via.dk