Chinese SDC student at Green Challenge. Photo: Lotte Grandorf

DTU department takes over Danish-Chinese programme

Tuesday 13 Nov 18
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After taking over the responsibility for a programme at the Sino-Danish Center, DTU Bioinformatics will work to increase the number of Danish students.

By Christel Wagner

DTU Bioinformatics has taken over coordination of the Life Science Engineering and Informatics (LEI) master’s programme in Beijing.

The programme is part of the Sino-Danish Center, an education and research collaboration between all eight Danish universities and the largest research institution in China, the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

“We are excited about taking over the programme. There are plenty of opportunities for collaboration and research in China, but also a lot to be done. To begin with, we will focus on recruiting more Danish students for the programme and strengthen our ties with the industry,” says associate professor Paolo Marcatili, who has taken over the role as Head of Educational Programme.

Previously, LEI was coordinated by the University of Southern Denmark, who will continue to play a role in the form of teaching in the programme. Apart from the University of Southern Denmark, the LEI programme is taught by professors from DTU, the University of Copenhagen, Aalborg University and Aarhus University, and, of course, the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

"There are plenty of opportunities for collaboration and research in China."
Paolo Marcatili, DTU Bioinformatics

“It is definitely an advantage for the quality of teaching that we can draw on the expertise of professors from all over the country. There really is no other programme in Denmark equivalent to Life Science Engineering and Informatics, so we need a broad selection of professors to teach it,” says Teaching assistant Jakob Nybo Nissen.

Danish bachelor students may apply to join the master’s programme, and if accepted, will join dozens of fellow Danish and Chinese students of the Sino-Danish Center in going to Beijing to take their master’s degree. When completed, they will be awarded with two master’s degrees, one from DTU and one from the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The LEI programme teaches the so-called ‘Omics’ disciplines: Genomics, proteomics, and transcriptomics. The LEI programme admits up to 15 Danish and 15 Chinese students each year.

The 2018 cohort of students started this September under the coordination of DTU Bioinformatics and are expected to finish their degrees in 2020.

Application to join the 2019 cohort will close March 1st.