10:00 AM10:00

Nordic-China Entrepreneurship and Innovation Research Seminar and Workshop

BY INVITATION ONLY. Please contact if you are interested in taking part.

Organized with Umeå University, Aarhus University, Fudan University, and Nordic-China Startup Forum, among others

Being home to some of the world's youngest and fastest growing startup scenes (e.g. Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen), China holds great potential as a setting for insightful entrepreneurship and innovation research, both from a practical and theoretical perspective. Over the past decades, China has seen rapid growth, technological development and a sharp increase in private venture capital investments. This has created a vast range of opportunities for budding entrepreneurs. With growing

government support, successful startup stories (e.g. Alibaba, Tencent, Baidu) and access to a huge

internal market, entrepreneurship as a possible career path has started to gain popularity in China. This is made evident by recent years’ explosive growth of co-working spaces, incubators and accelerators aimed at supporting startup companies.

In comparison, the Nordics have developed a strong tradition of entrepreneurship and innovation over the past century. Despite being small economies geographically far away from financial centers,

the Nordic countries are highly regarded as innovative startup nations. They rank consistently high on favorable conditions for entrepreneurs and produce the highest number of “unicorns” per capita

in Europe.

The two regions thus exemplify successful startup nations but with very different environmental

conditions. Combining insights from both environments can both increase generalizability of

knowledge and deepen our understanding of the specific characteristics of each environment and

implications for entrepreneurs and innovators who attempt to navigate them. Despite the great potential for synergies between Nordic and Chinese entrepreneurship and innovation research, such collaborations are relatively few and sporadic. This project aims to establish closer ties between Nordic and Chinese entrepreneurship and innovation scholars by showcasing the potential value of cross-country data collection and comparative studies in these fields. Reviewers in entrepreneurship journals frequently call for, or even insist on, cross-country comparisons to strengthen research findings. It is the hope of the organizers that this project can build a foundation for further international research collaborations, and thereby pave the way for high-quality studies and impactful research.

Planned activities - TBC

10:00 – 10:45 Welcoming talk and introduction

10:45 – 11:00 Coffee break/mingle

11:00 – 12:00 Research presentations

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 14:00 Workshop on opportunities and challenges of China-Nordic entrepreneurship and

innovation research

14:00 – 14:15 Coffee break/mingle

14:15 – 15:00 Closing discussions

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to Jul 25

Business and Innovation in China

Summer course for grad students from our Nordic member universities on Business and Innovation in China. The course consists of lectures, interactive activities, and company visits, and its main instructor is Associate Professor Dmitrij Slepniov the Department of Business and Management at Aalborg University.

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6:00 PM18:00

Nordic Christmas Party

On 14th December, Nordic, Chinese and international students came to Nordic Centre to celebrate a traditional Nordic Christmas. Co-organized with Association for Norwegian Students Abroad, ANSA, we opened our doors for a Nordic Christmas celebration where glogg, lusekattar, cinnamon rolls and ginger breads were served.

The highlight of the evening was when Santa Claus came and delivered out a present to those who had brought one to the party. Some had wrapped up a box of chocolate and went home with a hand cream. After Santa had emptied his bags, he made the participants sing carols where the last song was Wham’s classic, Last Christmas. With over 150 people present at the event, the building was shaking when everyone sang together.

ANSA and Nordic Centre wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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to Dec 11

Chinese Economy Program for Students from University of Gothenburg

Nordic Centre organized lectures and company visits for exchange students from University of Gothenburg.

LECTURE: China's Evolving Consumer Culture

Benjamin Cavender, Principal at China Market Research Group (CMR) and Market Research Consultant

COMPANY VISIT: Move Shanghai and WeWork

& LECTURE: Chinese E-Commerce Models

Tom Xiong, Founder and CEO of Move Shanghai, owner of podcast Digitally China

COMPANY VISIT: Rhizome Cultural Development  

& LECTURE: The Development of Chinese Economy from an Anthropological Perspective

Guo Li, Founder & CEO of Rhizome, PHD in Anthropology

LECTURE: China’s Foreign Energy Policy and One Belt One Road Initiative

Sun Xia, Associate Professor, Institute of International Relations, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences

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6:30 PM18:30

Quiz Night

On November 12, Nordic Centre arranged its semester quiz where the participants’ knowledge about the Nordic region and China was tested. The winning team consisted of two local Chinese and two students from two different Nordic countries made them the perfect team.

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to Jul 26

Summer Course: Business and Innovation in China

Every summer, Nordic Centre organizes two summer courses, each lasting two weeks and featuring a mix of lectures and excursions to professional environments such as consulates and company headquarters.

Main instructor, 2018: Dmitrij Slepniov, Aalborg University
Besides lectures from the main instructor, you will interact with a range of different business people and academics.

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to Jul 11

Summer Course: Chinese Politics and Society

Every summer, Nordic Centre organizes two summer courses, each lasting two weeks and featuring a mix of lectures and excursions to professional environments such as consulates and company headquarters.

Main instructor, 2018: Kaisa Kantola, University of Helsinki
Besides the main instructor, you will interact with a range of other academics and professionals during the course

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2:30 PM14:30

Norwegian Education and Research Delegation, Welfare Challenges: Chinese and Norwegian Outlooks


Welfare Challenges: Chinese and Norwegian Outlooks

Venue: Nordic Centre, Room 101
Time: 2:30PM - 5:00PM
Organizing institutions: University of Bergen, Fudan University/Nordic Centre, Sino-Nordic Welfare Research network (SNoW)/University of Bergen

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Magnus Jorem, Programme Manager, Nordic Centre, Fudan University;
Jing Yijia, Fudan University, Professor of Public Administration; Associate Dean of the School of International Relations and Public Affairs; Director of the Center for Collaborative Governance Research

“Gerontology innovation and smart senior care””
Chen Honglin, Fudan University, Associate Professor and Vice-Chair of Department of Social Work
 “The ageing population and innovation in elderly care in Norway”
Karen Christensen, University of Bergen, Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology
“A comparative outlook on innovation in elderly care”
Lin Ka, Zhejiang University, Professor, College of Public Administration; Deputy Director, Center of European Studies
“Who should pay and deliver? Changing expectations towards state and non-state actors in social security and service provision - Chinese and comparative perspectives”
Hans Jørgen Gåsemyr, University of Bergen, Post-doc, Department of Comparative Politics
Affiliated Senior Researcher, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)
“Social transformation, welfare institutions and welfare governance in China”
Ren Yuan, Fudan University, Professor of Demography and Urban Studies; School of Social Development and Public Policy; Vice Director and General Secretary, Fudan University Yangtze River Delta Institute; Deputy Director, Institute of Population Research; Vice Director, Center for Urban and Regional Studies.
“Sustainability of health care provision in an ageing Norwegian population”
Jan Erik Askildsen, University of Bergen, Professor of Economics, Department of Economics; Dean of the Faculty of  Social Sciences
“Sino-Nordic Cross-Disciplinary Platform for Comparative Welfare Research”
Stein Kuhnle, University of Bergen, Professor of Comparative Politics, Department of Comparative Politics.

*The event will be held in English

Registration required


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Gender Equality: Politics & Policies in the Nordic countries
1:00 PM13:00

Gender Equality: Politics & Policies in the Nordic countries

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Four public lectures on gender-themed topics. It is possible to attend individual lectures.

Descriptions of the presentations:

Hanne Marlene Dahl: Elderly care in the Nordic welfare states in neo-liberal times
The Nordic welfare states (NWS) and their model of elderly care provision will be introduced, as well as its relationship to state feminism and how transnational discourses on neo-liberalism have been translated into this context. Despite their commitment to (gender) equality, gender issues continue to be a topic in relation to elderly care in the NWS regarding the recognition of care work and professional care.

Desiree Enlund: Defending women’s right to healthcare and decent working conditions in Västernorrland, northern Sweden
The post-2008 era has seen a variety of protests and resistances against economic restructuring and increasing inequalities across Western Europe. In Sweden protests around a restructured housing market and gentrification has taken centerpiece in the literature. This case study considers the role of place history in the political mobilization that have gathered momentum over the past three years in the county of Västernorrland, northern Sweden, in response to the restructuring of the public healthcare services, affecting the maternity ward and emergency care at one of three hospitals.

Anna Karlsdottir: Gender Equality in labour market policies and practices
Women’s equality as part of the labour market in the Nordic countries rests on policies with an ethos of welfare. High employment rate is not least achieved through the high ratio of women’s participation in the labour market and the parental leave policies practiced in all of the different Nordic countries. This presentation will focus on women´s role in the labour markets across the Nordic countries from statistics and maps recently published in Nordic Council of Ministers State of the Nordic Region 2018. 

Lene Myong: The Politics of Transnational Adoption Migration in Denmark
This lecture will examine public debates around transnational adoption beginning in the early 1960s and onwards. Pro-adoption discourses and the interests of adopters dominated the debates until the 1990s when adult adoptees began to form communities of their own and voice criticism of the conditions facing adoptees of color in Denmark. Today transnational adoption continues to command support across the political spectrum but in recent years politicized adoptees have worked to assemble critical interventions that seek to undermine the moral legitimacy of transnational adoption and imagine a world where other forms of care arrangements are valued.

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Classical Concert with Eszter Haffner from The Royal Danish Academy of Music
5:30 PM17:30

Classical Concert with Eszter Haffner from The Royal Danish Academy of Music

Registration required:   Monday April 16  5:30 - 7:00 PM  2/F auditorium, Li Da San Building School of Management, Fudan University  Free entry

Registration required:

Monday April 16
5:30 - 7:00 PM

2/F auditorium, Li Da San Building
School of Management, Fudan University

Free entry

About the Royal Danish Academy of Music 丹麦皇家音乐学院简介

The Royal Danish Academy of Music is a power centre in the classical music world, representing the highest international level and compares to and cooperates with a number of the foremost music academies in the world. The academy offers study programmes within music and music pedagogy at the highest level, taught by a corps of teachers, numbering several of the greatest names in music, including many international capacities affiliated as guest professors. The study environment is very international and is characterized by a healthy competition accentuated interaction between the students, Danish as well as international.


The academy offers a wide selection of study programmes at bachelor, master and advanced postgraduate soloist level aiming at employment as musicians, organists, composers, music teachers, tonmeisters or other employment possibilities within the music world. The advanced postgraduate programmes improve the students' level to the highest possible as soloists, opera singers, composers or conductors.

As a metropolitan academy RDAM has a comprehensive network of collaborators that in a decisive manner enriches the study programmes as well as all other activities. Internationally the academy co-operates with leading academies in Europe, USA and China and on the national scene the collaboration includes the other artistic educational institutions under the Ministry of Culture and several leading universities. 

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