The SEEEP member institutions have agreed on the importance of establishing instruments for jointly educating and cultivating EU and Chinese students in areas of large societal impact. One of the key instruments that the SEEEP institutions have designed to meet that goal are the SEEEP Doctoral Programs on Sustainability Engineering (SESE). The rationale of this programs has been discussed at length in the Harbin Meeting in 2012 and the first batch of proposals was received and evaluated during the SEEEP meeting in Karlsruhe.
The SESE Doctoral Schools cover the following topics:
The concept and the first batch of proposals
The concept of the SESE Doctoral Programs is to put together institutions from both China and the EU to jointly address a common research agenda and design activities where both students, researchers and staff could meet, cooperate and work together. Needless to say, the degree to which these activities can be integrated depend on the level of available funding and is currently limited by the inexistence of a dedicated funding program. However, the participating institutions have committed to involve their own resources to promote student exchange, summer/winter schools and jointly seek for additional funding opportunities.
Conditions for application for a doctoral school were:
Mobility from China
Mobility from Europe
The first round of proposals were received during 2013 and were approved during the SEEEP Workshop in Karlsruhe in September 2013:
2013 SESE Programs:
Applicants: Chinese University of Petroleum ; UPC
Applicants: – South China University of Technology, Politecnico di Torino
Applicants: – Tongji U, KIT, Harbin Institute of Technology, IST
Applicants: Zhejiang U, KTH , TU Eindhoven
The activities of all these programs have been presented during the 5th workshop in Xi’an. The SEEEP institutions have stressed some of the fundamental ideas driving the whole concept of the SESE Doctoral Schools, that should be used as general principles when considering new proposals of doctoral schools. The main guidelines are listed below.
The 2014 SESE Doctoral Program Proposals
During the SEEEP Workshop in Xi’an 7 new proposals for SESE Doctoral Schools have been analyzed, according to the guidelines of the previous section. The decision process involved two mandatory steps:
These decisions are joint. In other words, a proposal will only be endorsed by the SEEEP if the absolute merit criterion (i) is met and the coordination recommendation (ii) is put in place. All proposals were approved in terms of absolute merit by voting. The recommendation to coordinate/merge with previous programs is also indicated in the decision table.
|7.1 Logistics, Information, Management and Service ScienceApplicants: Beijing Jiaotong U, UPC||Ok||OK to consider
Coord TU/e Zhejiang
|7-2 Materials EngineeringApplicants: Univ Science & Technology Beijing, KULeuven, KTH||Ok||MERGE w/ 7-4|
|7-3 Solar Energy Conversion at Molecular LevelApplicants: Dalian UT, KTH, Tsinghua U, EPFL||Ok||OK to consider|
|7-4 Atomistic Simulation and Design of Advanced MaterialsApplicants: HIT, KTH, Xi’an Jiaotong U||Ok||MERGE w/7-2|
|7-5 Innovation Design Engineering for Smart Sustainable CityApplicants: Tongji University, Aalto University||Ok||MERGE w/ 6.2|
|7-6 Renewable and Clean Conversion of Energy and System EngineeringApplicants: Xi’an Jiaotong U, Aalto, KIT||Ok||MERGE w/ 6.3 or 6.1|
|7-7 Novel Oxy-fuel Combustion & Chemical Absorption Carbon CaptureApplicants: Zhejiang University, KTH||Ok||MERGE w/ 6.4|
As a consequence of the decisions, follow-up steps have to be undertaken for the final approval.