Health Panel Discussion

On the 27th of November, the China Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (CAGG) and EasyCare Academy (ECA) announced an agreement in which they will partner to bring the latest international standards for geriatric needs assessment to China for the first time and that the two parties will work together to localize and apply EasyCare Academy’s Respond 4.0 assessment model across China. The cooperation will also include all levels of caregiver training, as well as other offerings from EasyCare Academy, a Swiss-based social enterprise, that support healthy ageing with dignity.

A panel discussion at the Swiss Embassy in China, with a total of over 70 guests, titled, “Improving the Alignment of Health and Care to Change the Future of Ageing – a Sino-Swiss Innovation Project” was held on the occasion of the partnership announcement to bring to light the challenges and innovative opportunities to enhance the lives of the ageing population in China.

“Ageing is a universal challenge that comes along with lots of uncertainties.  But it’s also an opportunity for joint efforts by creating innovative, widely accessible and sustainable answers,” said H.E. Dr. Jean-Jacques de Dardel, Switzerland’s Ambassador to China. “I am very pleased to see this Sino-Swiss partnership taking a steady step into redefining our future of ageing; together, more proactive, more engaging, and more promising.”

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After signing the agreement, witnessed by both sides of the partnership and the Swiss Ambassador in China, EasyCare Academy also unveiled its plan to establish the world's first Center of Excellence in partnership with Pinetree Care Group, Renmin University and others interested in advancing and elevating the standards for the care of people as they age.

The panel discussion was then followed by a network reception, where guests and panellists had the opportunity to further discuss their Sino-Swiss cooperation.

Participants in the panel were:

  • Professor DU Peng, Vice President, Renmin University and Director of Institute of Gerontology; Vice President, Chinese Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Dr. ZHANG Tuohong, Beijing office representative, World Health Organization
  • WANG Ninie Yan, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Pinetree Care Group
  • Professor Ian PHILP, Co-Founder, EasyCare Academy and Executive Vice President of R&D; Global Professor of Ageing, Stirling University
  • Peter NICHOLSON, moderator; Co-Founder, EasyCare Academy, President and Chief Executive Officer

Swiss Day at Tsinghua University

Do you want to try some delicious Swiss cheese and chocolates? Do you want to paint some lovely St. Bernard statues? Do you want to join a lucky draw and has the opportunity to win a Swatch? Do you want to learn more about Switzerland? The Swiss Day at Tsinghua University on 4th December fulfilled all your dreams above.

On the occasion of Tsinghua’s “Vision in Tsinghua, Dialogue with Ambassadors” lecture series, the STE section of the Swiss Embassy in Beijing organized a Swiss Day at Tsinghua University to promote Swiss excellence in higher education and innovation, as well as the Sino-Swiss Year of Tourism in 2017. The highlight of the event was the lecture delivered by Ambassador Jean-Jacques de Dardel on “Innovation in Public Diplomacy” to Tsinghua students. More than 160 Tsinghua students and staff participated in the event, largest amount of participants since Tsinghua started the “Vision in Tsinghua, Dialogue with Ambassadors” lecture series, showcasing the strong interests of the students on Switzerland, its culture and foreign policy.

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Our Swiss booth were set up right outside of the Lecture Hall in the main building of Tsinghua University. The Swiss booth consisted of three main areas: catering area, information area and painting area. In the catering area, we offered Tsinghua students a “Swiss Culinary Experience”. Other than different kinds of authentic Swiss cheese, there were various chocolates and biscuits sponsored by Migros and Nestle. Students could also fresh their minds by enjoying one cup of nice coffee made by our friends from Nespresso.

Although Switzerland enjoys a very positive image worldwide, its strength in education, innovation and research remain unknown to the general public. Our information area highlighted Switzerland’s innovative strength and competitiveness as well as the high quality of Swiss education. Many students stopped by and expressed their interest in studying in Switzerland in the future.

Thanks to the collaboration with Switzerland Tourism, the St. Bernard Dog Painting Workshop was a big success. Students enjoyed this opportunity and 40 small St. Bernard dog statues were painted by Tsinghua students using their own creativity and imagination. Check out some of the pictures – which one is your favorite?

To help the students gain more knowledge about Switzerland, we also brought a quiz which was followed by a lucky draw. Around 150 students filled out the Swiss quiz and participated in the lucky draw which included distributed 1 Swatch, 5 SIGG water bottles, 10 Swisscard knives and more than 100 small Swiss souvenir bags. The different elements showcased during the event were a good promotion of Switzerland and the feedback we received so far are all positive. We have a reason to believe that more Swiss Day events are coming at other universities. 

All Swiss school & universities alumni gathering 2017 in Beijing

The weather is starting to get colder, winter is approaching and what comes to mind when you see snow? Winter sports! Glühwein! Raclette! The times you have spent in the cold winter in Switzerland, in the city enjoying some Glühwein or up in the mountains skiing and having Raclette, were missed for sure.

That’s why we thought of recreating the same atmosphere of the cozy winter, a chalet offering Glühwein, a movie showing the amazing scenery of the Swiss mountains, and the traditional Swiss food Raclette on the occasion of the All Swiss Schools & Universities Alumni Gathering, which took place at the Embassy of Switzerland in Beijing on the 2nd of November 2017.

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Invited by the Ambassador of Switzerland to China, H.E Mr. Jean-Jacques de Dardel, and the Science Technology and Education Section of the Swiss Embassy in Beijing, together with the contribution from swisslearning, and the guest of honours H.E. Ivo Bischofberger, President of the Swiss Council of States and Nicolas Bideau, Ambassador, Head of Presence Switzerland, over 150 alumni from Swiss schools and universities participated in the gathering.

The Ambassador’s speech welcomed the alumni and was followed by a buffet reception including Raclette made with Swiss cheese that we ordered especially from Switzerland. Raclette originated from the region of Valais and we had the pleasure of getting it served the traditional way by one of our Valais colleagues Liam Bates, founder and CEO of Kaiterra.

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The Ambassador de Dardel has been attaching great importance to alumni event as he values the ties created by students from both countries. He invites alumni to get together at his residence on a regular base in order to let them continue their close ties with Switzerland after their studies. It’s a great pleasure to see that the alumni enjoy and appreciate such kind opportunities evidenced by their enthusiastic participations.

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It is our wish to provide opportunities for alumni to meet up once in a while to catch up with old friends and make new friends, and to feel that their study experience does not finish after their returns, it is in fact a long lasting story which will develop further with new element added over time, and we are here to support and connect each of them.

All Swiss Schools & Universities Alumni Gathering 2016 in Beijing

Be it the cup of coffee that you had with friends sitting on the staircases of the university building, or the cup of coffee that accompanied you late at night when you were trying to finish course assessment before the deadline, almost for sure, there is always a cup of good coffee deep in your memories of your student life in Switzerland.

That's why we thought about offering the alumni of Swiss schools and universities an unique opportunity to make their own coffee with professional coffee-making guidance given by Nespresso Coffee Ambassadors and to recall their memorable experiences in Switzerland while enjoying the coffee on the occasion of the All Swiss School & University Alumni Gathering, which took place at the Embassy of Switzerland in Beijing on 21st October 2016.

Invited by the Ambassador of Switzerland to China, H.E Mr. Jean-Jacques de Dardel,  and Science Technology and Education Section of the Swiss Embassy in Beijing, together with contribution from swisslearning and support from Nespresso, over 100 alumni from Swiss schools and universities participated the gathering despite the raining weather.

The drizzling night was immediately warmed up by the Nespresso Barista Workshop - 4 tables on which Nespresso Coffee Machines and various ingredients were nicely presented with a Nespresso Coffee Ambassador standing beside each table waiting for the guests.  Each of the participants got a seat at the one of the tables and took on the journey of exploring the dynamic world of coffee-making presented by Nespresso and finally made their own cups of coffee with their choices of flavor.

Filled up with the excitement of the alumni from their achievement at the workshop, the night was further highlighted by the Ambassador's welcome speech. Ambassador de Dardel has been attaching great importance to alumni events as he values significantly the ties created by students from both countries. He invites alumni to get together at his residence on a regular base in order to let the them continue their close ties with Switzerland after their studies, and it's a great pleasure to see that the alumni enjoy and appreciate such kind of opportunities evidenced by their enthusiastic participations.

The Ambassador's speech was followed by a buffet reception including raclette made with Swiss cheese that we ordered from Switzerland especially for this evening as well as Swiss wine. Authentic Swiss food like a time machine that carried all the guests back to Switzerland and opened up warm exchanges among the alumni no matter if they knew each other before as Swiss food is their shared memory and common language.

It is our wish to provide opportunities for alumni to meet up once in a while to catch up with old friends and make new friends, and to feel that their study experience does not finish after their returns, it is in fact a long-lasting story which will develop further with new elements added over time, and we are here to support and connect each of them.

By Science Technology and Education Section of the Embassy of Switzerland in Beijing.

8th Reception of the St.Gallen Symposium in Beijing

In the light of the upcoming 47th St.Gallen Symposium in May 2017 focusing on “Disruption”, the Embassy of Switzerland in China had the great honour to organize the 8th St.Gallen Symposium Beijing Reception on November 30th 2016 to discuss this hot topic in the Chinese context. 

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Swiss Day 2016 @ the International Culture Festival of Peking University: a focus on Innovation

October 23 could have been a dull and cold Sunday, announcing the beginning of a long and harsh winter. This was maybe true everywhere else in north China, but definitely not at Peking University where the annual International Culture Festival took place.  

Among the 60 countries promoting themselves to thousands of visitors, the Swiss booth had the honour to be the largest one. While our country benefits from a positive image in China, its achievements in the fields of innovation, education and research remain usually unknown to the general public. For this reason, our Swiss booth focused on the theme of Innovation, with a powerful slogan printed on the t-shirts of our dedicated team of volunteers from the Swiss Embassy and Peking University: “We Innovate”.

In order to deliver this message, the Swiss booth presented several explanatory panels highlighting Switzerland’s innovative strength and competitiveness, the key factors behind its success and some concrete examples of Swiss innovative projects and researches. This message was further promoted with TV screens broadcasting different videos about Swiss innovation. Furthermore, visitors also had the chance to try the smallest portable wireless scanner of the world and a cutting-edge scanner mouse invented by a Swiss start-up (Dacuda).

More than a simple exhibition on innovation, the concept of our Swiss booth was to provide both a culinary and intellectual experience at the same time. For food lovers - and no doubt that Chinese people are - we had an almost endless mountain of chocolate bars provided by our generous sponsors Lindt and Nestlé, as well as a chocolate fountain allowing our visitors to try some melted chocolate with fresh fruits. However, in order to have the right to taste our mouth-watering chocolates, visitors had first to submit a quiz about Swiss Innovation. The answers could be found on the panels with the help of our dynamic team of volunteers. At the end of the day, what seemed a never-ending chocolate mountain in the morning had disappeared.

The successful promotion of Switzerland’s innovation in a stimulating and pleasant atmosphere was not only reflected in the great smile of the thousands of visitors, but also in our guestbook where visitors could leave comments. We received some very friendly and touching messages such as « I Love Switzerland » or « Switzerland and China are forever friends », as well as many messages praising our booth to be the « best» and the «most technologically advanced» one. Lastly, many comments proved that our booth was able to raise awareness about Switzerland’s innovative strength: « Switzerland is really an innovative country, impressive! ».

 

                                                                                          

 

Panel Discussion: The Future of Ageing in Switzerland and China: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities

“With the right policies and services in place, population ageing can be viewed as a rich new opportunity for both individuals and societies.” — Dr. Margaret Chan, Director General, World Health Organization, in the Preface to the 2015 World Report on Ageing and Health.

From left to right: Michael Waser, Ninie Wang, Lixin Yu, Fang Liu, H.E. Jean-Jacques de Dardel, Yi Pan, Henk Verloo, Heidi Longerich

From left to right: Michael Waser, Ninie Wang, Lixin Yu, Fang Liu, H.E. Jean-Jacques de Dardel, Yi Pan, Henk Verloo, Heidi Longerich

On the occasion of a delegation visit from Swiss universities of applied sciences consisting of experts in the area of ageing, the Embassy of Switzerland in China organized a panel discussion and reception with respective Chinese colleagues on the Topic: “The Future of Ageing in Switzerland and China: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities“.

Before the panel started, H.E. Jean-Jacques de Dardel, Ambassador of Switzerland to China, welcomed the audience to his residence and reflected in his welcome speech on the health care developments in Switzerland. Prof Liu Fang, Deputy Director of China Research Center on Aging, then held a keynote speech on the latest developments of ageing in China. Her speech included the latest results of a survey the research center recently conducted whit the aim to better understand current living conditions and needs of the elderly.

During the subsequent panel discussion which was moderated by Michael Waser, Deputy Head of the Science and Education Section at the Swiss Embassy, the following Chinese and Swiss experts discussed the main challenges and exchanged experiences in the different countries:

  • Ms.  LONGERICH Heidi, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Director of Institute of Nursing / Health Professions
  • Prof. VERLOO Henk, University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland, Senior Researcher / Nursing Science
  • Prof. PAN Yi, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Professor of Social Policy
  • Mrs. YU Lixin, YYK Healthcare Management Co. Ltd, Founder and Chairwoman of Board
  • Mrs. WANG Ninie, Pinetree Senior Care Services, Co-Founder and CEO

An interesting point raised during the discussion was that the status of nurses had to be increased so that the profession would be attractive to enough for potential students. It was clear to the audience that neither of the two countries has a perfect solution and both countries can learn a lot from each other.


A VIDEO SUMMARY OF THE EVENT WILL FOLLOW SHORTLY

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“Insight China” is an initiative by senior students of the FHNW with the mission to make graduating students ready for successfully doing business in China. Prior to their study trip, the students attended a preparatory seminar in Switzerland.  For many FHNW business students, it is the first time to travel in China. After their arrival on March 28th, the delegation organized a joint together with the Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE) on “Non State & State Owned Enterprises as Economic Drivers in China/Switzerland”. Both universities presented insightful views on the role, attractiveness and profitability of Swiss and Chinese non-state owned enterprises (non-SOE) and state owned enterprises (SOE). Prof. Zhonglin XU from the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) further elaborated on the issue of non-SOE and SOE as well as future challenges that need to be met in a presentation entitled “Chinese Dream: Opportunities and Challenges - SOE reform in China Past, Present and Future”. To conclude the event, appetizers and drinks were served at the Residence of the Embassy, which was a great networking opportunity to promote cultural exchange.