Danish and Korean students meet on sustainability

Thursday 23 May 19


Marianne Thellersen
Senior Vice President - Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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Anne Mette Holt
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"I am proud of my team's product"

Nicolai Alexander Thorball, an MSc student in Environmental Engineering at DTU, was on the winning team who, in collaboration with the Hempel company, came up with a solution to make paint (products) more sustainable.

What did you get out of the competition?

"Innovation Sprint was a great event. It was an exciting experience to collaborate with Korean students across educational programmes. Personally, I am proud of my team's product, but also of the collaborative spirit demonstrated by the teams. I am not just taking away the experience of developing and pitching an idea, I have also made new friends that I can meet up with during my exchange stay.”

"Many of the solutions to the world’s problems will come from science and innovation"

Why do Hempel A/S participate in the innovation event?

“We have engaged in the innovation event, because we believe that many of the solutions to the world’s problems will come from science and innovation. Therefore it is of great value to our company to gain new and innovative ideas from students”.

“Sustainability is high on our agenda, and it has been very beneficial for us to engage with the students, on how to introduce circular economy thinking into coating life cycles.”

Louise Krüger Kofoed, Corporate Responsibility Manager, Hempel A/S.
An innovation event focusing on sustainability was held at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) during the visit by a Danish delegation to Korea.

On 20-22 May, about 40 students from Denmark and South Korea took part in a Danish-styled innovation event at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). Here, they competed to develop innovative sustainability concepts for VELUX, Hempel, and the Korean company SK Energy.

The event was the result of a collaboration between KAIST, DTU, and Innovation Centre Denmark, and was part of an official visit by a Danish delegation to South Korea led by the Crown Prince and Princess to mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

As Director for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Senior Vice President Marianne Thellersen helped to assess the student’s results:

“The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are very important for DTU. We want to be a university that takes its responsibilities for the world seriously, and which contributes to sustainable growth through partnerships with the best universities in the worldwide.”

“It is incredibly inspiring to see how motivated the students are to contribute to a better world by solving real-life problems in international teams. They learn a lot about the challenges and each other, and it will certainly give them a huge advantage in the global labour market.”

Developed by DTU Skylab

The innovation event at KAIST was developed in close collaboration with DTU Skylab as a knowledge partner. The competition is an extension of DTU Skylab’s collaboration with KAIST and Innovation Centre Denmark in connection with the young initiative Next Generation P4G, and which was part of the international P4G Copenhagen Summit last year.
Students from KAIST, DTU and other study programmes participated at the innovation event at the South Korean university. And the teams were composed of students from different disciplines and with different nationalities.

Important alliance partner

KAIST is Korea’s leading technical university, and one of DTU’s most important alliance partners. For more than 10 years, the two universities have been working together on the development of green technologies. The new agreement, which was signed last year, sees more focus being directed at the cooperation between the two universities on research and education within sustainable technology development.

President, Shin Sung-chul, KAIST:

"The new vision of KAIST is to be a leading university in creating global value. In this regard, the Innovation Sprint between KAIST and DTU students for Green Growth and Sustainable Development is a wonderful lighthouse project signaling our future pathway,”

“We, KAIST, truly welcome this collaboration with DTU from the bottom of our hearts. Let us work together more deeply for our young generation and sustainable future. "

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