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Qingdao Technological University President Xu Jianbo and Professor Thomas Olofsson, LTU. View original picture , opens in new tab/window

Cooperation with China in Construction Engineering

Published: 25 November 2013

Professor Thomas Olofsson was invited as a keynote speaker at a national conference in Qingdao in southern China. Now this looks to lead to a partnership. In China, above all, interested in the research on energy efficiency of buildings and houses in Sweden. A collaboration that could lead to an exchange of graduate students but also the possibility of joint research projects.

After the conference visited the LTU also a technical university, Qingdao Technological University, and the announced interest in future cooperation. A Letter of Intent is already signed and Thomas Olofsson is optimistic about future cooperation. The next step is a 'Memorandum of Understanding where principals from each university sets its signature.

- I hope we shall be permitted an exchange of graduate students between the university and Qingdao Technological University, says Thomas.

Interest in climate-smart solutions, renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency is great. Urbanization in China is unimaginable. Authorities estimated that about 250 million people will migrate to cities in the next 12 year period. Yet there are few Swedish companies operating in the construction industry in China. Our businesses in this sector is simply too small to penetrate the huge market that exists. Although cultural differences and barriers make it difficult for foreign companies. In China built nearly all of Chinese enterprises with Chinese workers besides the specialists hired by the West with unique expertise.

- The environmental impact of urbanization in the form of toxic smog has already reached alarming levels and the need for sustainable energy solutions is huge, says Thomas Olofsson, Professor in Construction Engineering at Luleå University of Technology.

Keynote speaker is the one who keeps a comprehensive lecture at an academic conference at the international level.


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