January 12, 2013
Commencement ceremony Jan. 12, 2013


Commencement Ceremony of the SafeChina project and its joint venture “Steinbeis R-Tech Beijing”

January 12, 2013

Beijing, China

Beijing Municipal Institute of Labour Protection
No. 55 Taoranting Road, Beijing, 100054

The SafeChina project approaches its planned end in February 2013. The project main aim has been to build a sustainable education service in China offering the engineers and relevant professions the possibility to learn about the EU safety practices and regulation, and qualify as Environmental- and Safety engineers according to EU criteria, guidelines and practice. The project has been financed by Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (DEG - German Investment and Development Agency) and realized by Steinbeis University Berlin (SHB) represented by Steinbeis Transfer Institute Advanced Risk Technologies (R-Tech) and Beijing Municipal Institute of Labor Protection (BMILP), as the main strategic partner of Steinbeis in China.

The SafeChina project has created:

a) a curriculum of courses in Risk Engineering and Management adapted to the needs of Chinese beneficiaries,

b) a pattern for on-the-job training in EU/Germany and 

c) a certifications scheme for Chinese professionals.

So far, the project has already achieved most of its goals, so far namely:

  • performed a large-scale survey of Chinese needs in the area of industrial safety
  • signed cooperation agreements with 17 Chinese partners
  • signed cooperation agreements with INERIS, France and DEKRA, Germany
  • prepared the curriculum of 12 full courses, fully translated in Chinese
  • organized 14 instances of the above courses, attended by almost 500 participants
  • certified over 400 professionals (passed various levels of exams)
  • had already 14 short and 3 long on-the-job-trainings for Chinese professionals in Germany 
  • qualified 18 Chinese trainers in the framework of the train-the-trainer measures
  • incorporated courses from the project in the curricula of one of the Chinese top-class universities, CUEB
  • negotiates incorporation of the courses into one of the Chinese top universities, Tsinghua University
  • negotiates incorporation of the courses into the professional education in Chinese companies (Sinopec, Ping An, etc.)
  • prepares an independent German-Chinese joint venture ("Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies Beijing") which will continue project activities after the official DEG-project end, i.e. after February 2013.

The project activities performed so far have been evaluated as "excellent" or "very good" by approx. 90% of all the Chinese stakeholders/participants in the project.

The event will be the occasion to award Risk Examiner and Risk Assessor certificates to Chinese professionals, as well as to SafeChina trainers, certified in the "Train-the-Trainer" part of the SafeChina project.

In order to attend on the SafeChina Commencement ceremony, please register at http://eu-vri.eu/fwlink/?LinkID=404. The final registration deadline is January 7, 2013.

Draft Agenda

Emcee:Ms. Wang Tong, Vice director of BMILP

8:30 – 9:00


9:00 – 9:30


9:00 – 9:10

Welcome address (Prof. Zhang Bin, General director of BMILP)

9:10 – 9:20

Welcome by DEG (DEG officer)

9:20 – 9:30

Welcome by Steinbeis (Prof. Johann Löhn, President of Steinbeis University Berlin and former Government Commissioner for Technology Transfer in the State of Baden-Württemberg / Prof. Aleksandar Jovanovic, Director of Steinbeis R-Tech & SafeChina Project Coordinator)

9:30 – 10:40

German-Chinese cooperation: SafeChina project and future activities

9:30 – 10:00

Presentation of the SafeChina project and its results (Prof. A. Jovanovic) / Presentation of the joint venture “Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies (R-Tech) Beijing”  (Dr. Liu Yan)

10:00 – 10:10

Speech (Officer of Beijing Administration of Work Safety)

10:10 – 10:20

Speech (Officer of State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs)

10:20 – 10:30

Speech (Officer from one department of State of Administration of Work Safety)

10:30 – 10:40

Speech (Officer from another department of State of Administration of Work Safety)

10:40 – 10:50

Short break

10:50 – 11:10

Awarding the certificates


In two tracks (A-M and N-Z, handed out by Prof. Ding Hui, Prof. A. Jovanovic, DEG officer and Mrs. M. V. Florin [IRGC])

11:10 – 12:00

German-Chinese cooperation: Global context

11:10 – 11:30

Guest speech: Globalized Technical Change: Implications for Risk Governance, Knowledge Networks and Learning (Prof. Manuel Heitor, IRGC Portugal, former Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education in the Government of Portugal)

11:30 – 11:40

Speech (Prof. Ding Hui, President of Beijing Academy of Science and Technology)

11:40 – 12:00

Guest speech: Educational Needs for Coping with Global Risks (Prof. Ortwin Renn, Member of the German Federal Government Ethics Committee on Energy Future)


Closing announcement (Prof. Zhang Bin)


  1. The event will be take place in conjunction with the IRGC International Conference in Beijing, on the topic of “From crisis management to risk governance” on 9-11 January 2013.
  2. Possibility of establishing a cross-link to the EU project 2011/S 112-183587 will be explored
  3. Lunch will be provided after the closing of the event

About the hosting institution:

The Beijing Municipal Institute of Labor Protection was established in 1956 and is one of the first research institutes in China to carry out scientific research on security and environment. The institute has built many research institutes of professional techniques and test centers in the following three fields: urban security hygiene, work safety and labor protection and human living environment, which have laid solid foundation for a basic, applied and foresighted research. In the latest 50 years, it has achieved more than 500 scientific and technological results and won more than 200 awards for scientific and technological achievements and progress. It has stipulated more than 100 standards in labor protection and environment protection.