By Gabriel Bishop, Junior Project Manager – Academic Relations
On March 11th, swissnex China had the pleasure of receiving 33 ETH Zurich MAS MTEC students, along with Prof. Stefano Brusoni, Xavier Mundet Ciriza, and Daniela Stocker.
Dr. Felix Moesner, Science Consul and CEO of swissnex China, welcomed the participants and introduced the higher education, research and innovation landscape in China. This was followed by an overview of the mission and activities of swissnex China.
Mr. Michael Lehmann, General Manager at sim (Selective International Management Shanghai), gave a lecture to the students, sharing his expertise on the many aspects of doing business in China. He presented the students with different practical cases that served as the base material for a workshop which they conducted throughout the week.
After having lunch all together in a nearby restaurant, the students split into smaller groups in order to work and reflect on the selected cases.
The entire delegation returned to swissnex China on Friday, March 15th. On this occasion, the different groups from the delegations shared and debated their conclusions from the workshop. Their proposed solutions and models were inspired by the various visits and presentations from which they had benefited during the previous days.
Indeed, during the study trip, the delegation had the opportunity to visit different companies such as Bühler, Ctrip and Roche.
One of our team members accompanied them on one of these visits, to the Ctrip headquarters in Soho. There, the participants were able to discover the operations of an innovative company in the field of online travel service. They received a presentation about the functioning of the company and its strategies both for the Chinese and on the international market. The visit was concluded by a enriching Q&A session.
To wrap up this enlightening program, Mr. Olivier Zehnder, Consul General of Switzerland in Shanghai, invited the delegation for a networking reception at the Swiss Residence on Friday evening. They had the chance to connect with select members of the Swiss community residing in China, mainly from ETH Zurich alumni community in Shanghai, and the night was full of fruitful exchanges.
swissnex China was delighted to receive the delegation of the MAS ETH MTEC program, a team composed of dynamic professionals who came to China to acquire new perspectives, knowledge and strategies in the field of management, technology and economics. Thank you to Michael Lehmann, sim for his presentation as well as Prof. Stefano Brusoni, Xavier Mundet Ciriza and Daniela Stocker for the amazing pool of talents. We look forward to welcoming them again next year!