Innovation Management (Offered at AAU in Beijing)

Innovation Management is a two-year full time international MSc specialization programme for degree students. The double-degree programme leads to a master’s degree. The graduate acquires advanced knowledge within innovation/innovation management theories and methods, which can be applied in both research and practice for identifying, analyzing and solving relevant theoretical and practical problems.


Double-degree programme

The two-year full time double-degree programme Innovation Management is run by Aalborg University and the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences and coordinated by the Sino-Danish Center in Beijing. The Danish degree is awarded by Aalborg University and is named Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration (Innovation Management) and in Danish Cand.merc. i Innovation Management. The Chinese degree is awarded by the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS). The programme enrolls both Danish and international students.

The programme is managed by the International Business Centre at AAU and is taught in English and is designed following the principles of transnational, transdisciplinary, and team-based culture; the principles that define today’s dynamic and fast changing world.

Learn how to create value through systematic processes

Innovation is a crucial driver of competitiveness and sustainability for companies, institutions and organisations of all sizes. The objective of this programme is to give you a profound understanding of what innovation is and equip you with tools to help you understand and manage complex innovation processes.

While we tend to describe all kinds of renewal and change processes as innovation, innovation is actually something more complex: the focused and purposeful process of creating value from ideas. And while many organisations understand that innovation is crucial to their survival and competitiveness, managing innovation is a complex task.

Being good at innovation is not just about being creative. Creativity may result in good ideas, but if these ideas are not geared towards creating value through their application and commercialisation, they may never become innovations. The innovation management programme not only teaches you how to identify creative ideas, it teaches you how to develop and bring them to life in various contexts, creating value and enhancing the competitive advantage of innovating organisations.


The programme is organised around problem-based learning, involving project work and in collaboration with industrial partners in China, Denmark and internationally. Among collaborating academic partners are other Danish universities belonging to the Sino-Danish Center consortium. In China, the programme closely collaborates with Tsinghua University and Zhejiang University.

Studying innovation management in China has advantages over taking a traditional degree in your home country. After being trained in a truly global classroom in China, you enter the job market with a double degree from Denmark and China, as well as relevant professional and cross-cultural skills and knowledge that will give you a competitive edge on the labour market.

Over the recent years, China is emerging as the future global hub of innovation. The growing domestic market also has a great potential for Chinese and international companies, and innovation is a vital key to success on an extremely competitive and dynamic market. This rapidly developing setting offers students an ideal context for studying innovation management based on real-world challenges with an eye on practical applicability.

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

The study method at AAU is called Problem Based Learning (PBL). Together with your fellow students you will work with real life problems by way of problem based project work.

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