Sino-Swiss FTA Roundtable Discusses Key Findings from 2018 Academic Evaluation Report

On November 13, swissnex China was delighted to host the Roundtable on the Sino-Swiss Free Trade Agreement, organized by SwissCham China Shanghai in collaboration with the Swiss Centers China. This Roundtable discussed key findings from the Sino-Swiss Free Trade Agreement – 2018 Academic Evaluation Report published by a team of academics of the Sino-Swiss Competence Center (SSCC) from the University of St.Gallen (HSG), the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), and Nanjing University.

  Left to right : Prof. Dr. Tomas Casas, Director of Sino-Swiss Competence Center at the University of St. Gallen, Emmanuelle Roduit, Deputy General Manager at Swiss Centers China and Dr. Felix Moesner, Science Consul and CEO of swissnex China.

Left to right: Prof. Dr. Tomas Casas, Director of Sino-Swiss Competence Center at the University of St. Gallen, Emmanuelle Roduit, Deputy General Manager at Swiss Centers China and Dr. Felix Moesner, Science Consul and CEO of swissnex China.

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After a brief welcome by Consul General Olivier Zehnder, with moderation by Emmanuelle Roduit, Deputy General Manager of SCC and Lucky Ding, Trade Specialist at SCC, Prof. Dr. Tomas Casas, Director of SSCC at HSG, presented the findings from the academic report and shared his deep insights with the attendees.

Following Prof. Dr. Casas’ presentation, delegates from Swiss businesses and Shanghai Customs addressed various practical problems regarding the Sino-Swiss Free Trade Agreement in a lively Q&A session.

A big thank you to Peter Bachmann from SwissCham and Emmanuel Roduit from Swiss Centers China, as well as their teams, for the great organization! Thanks also to Prof. Dr. Tomas Casas for the deeply insightful presentation.

Click here to access the academic report.

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Swiss National Pavilion @ CIIE: the Jewel in the Crown at the World's Largest Trade Expo

By Victor Dietrich, Junior Project Manager

China International Import Expo (CIIE), the World's Largest Trade Expo with 3000 companies from 130 countries/regions, took place from November 5 to 10 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center Shanghai. The CIIE is a major initiative of the Chinese government to support trade liberalization, economic globalization and open the market to the world.

The Swiss National Pavilion at CIIE is managed by the Swiss Business Hub China of the Embassy of Switzerland in the People's Republic of China, in cooperation with Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE), on behalf of the Swiss Confederation. The Swiss National Pavilion has an outstanding presence at the expo, and swissnex China was proud to provide strong support to the Swiss National Pavilion at the first CIIE.

 Photos © Bi Yuchao / Swiss Business Hub China

Photos © Bi Yuchao / Swiss Business Hub China

 Photos © Bi Yuchao / Swiss Business Hub China

Photos © Bi Yuchao / Swiss Business Hub China

On the opening day November 5, the official opening ceremony included important speakers such as Xi Jinping president of the People’s Republic of China, Alibaba.com's CEO Jack Ma or Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. On November 6, the Swiss National Pavilion was inaugurated by the Swiss Secretary of State for Economic Affairs, Mrs. Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch, and Swiss Ambassador to China, Dr. Jean-Jacques de Dardel who led a high-level Swiss delegation to the trade fair.

 Photos © Bi Yuchao / Swiss Business Hub China

Photos © Bi Yuchao / Swiss Business Hub China

 Photos © Bi Yuchao / Swiss Business Hub China

Photos © Bi Yuchao / Swiss Business Hub China

 Photos © Bi Yuchao / Swiss Business Hub China

Photos © Bi Yuchao / Swiss Business Hub China

On November 7, swissnex China was delighted to host a special event on Swiss innovation at the Swiss National Pavilion. The event was opened by Dr. Felix Moesner, Science Consul and CEO of swissnex China, who highlighted Switzerland's substantial global lead in education, research and innovation, as well as the swissnex mission. Swissnex China Project Leaders Ms. Libing Gu (Academic Relations), Ms. Cissy Yiwen SUN (Interdisciplinary & Special Projects) and Ms. Lijun Zhang (Innovation & Entrepreneurship) then each presented their own fields and diverse range of activities. As a remarkable example of Swiss innovation applied in a Chinese context, Ms. Xiaolin (Lin) Briod-Wang from Flyability, a Swiss startup spin-off from EPFL, presented the Elios collision-tolerant drone and its impressive application at the 15th China-ASEAN Expo.

Since 2010, China has been Switzerland’s most important trading partner in Asia. It was therefore important for Switzerland to participate in the CIIE and show its excellence in innovation, in addition to the robust commercial relationship they have. The Swiss National Pavilion offered the audience an opportunity to visit Switzerland in virtual reality, physical space, engaging all senses while showcasing Switzerland’s global leadership in innovation, culture, and tourism. The main feature of the Swiss National Pavilion was the LiveMap, a large walkable aerial map of Switzerland in front of a Swiss traditional Chalet and a large LED screen. Visitors could then enjoy culinary specialties and receive prizes won while using the LiveMap in the Swiss Post office on the balcony of the Swiss chalet. In the relaxation zone in the back of the chalet, visitors can take a rest in a natural environment that resembles a swiss alpine meadow and relish the unique sensory experience in Swiss nature.

 Photos © Bi Yuchao / Swiss Business Hub China

Photos © Bi Yuchao / Swiss Business Hub China

 Photos © Bi Yuchao / Swiss Business Hub China

Photos © Bi Yuchao / Swiss Business Hub China

The CIIE has been intense. Thank you very much to the volunteers and all the people that worked on the pavilion and thank to the numerous visitors, that we hope to have appreciated this experience. We will see you next year probably!

swissnex China receives Executive Visiting Delegation from IDHEAP

By Libing Gu, Project Leader Academic Relations

On October 22, we warmly received an Executive Visiting Delegation from IDHEAP, the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration, at the swissnex China offices.

Dr. Felix Moesner, Science Consul and CEO of swissnex China, gave them an insightful presentation on the mission of swissnex China as well as the scenario of higher education, research and innovation in China.

 Dr. Felix Moesner warmly received the delegation from IDHEAP and presented the swissnex China mission.

Dr. Felix Moesner warmly received the delegation from IDHEAP and presented the swissnex China mission.

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During the Q&A session, the participants were keen to know more about how swissnex China operates successfully based on the public-private partnership model. Additionally, they posed many questions regarding the “One Belt One Road” initiative and e-government development in China.

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Mr. Olivier Zehnder, Consul General of Switzerland in Shanghai introduced to the group the Sino-Swiss relations and Swiss presence in China and Shanghai.

IDHEAP (the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration) is founded in 1981 and became part of Faculty of Law, Criminal Sciences and Public Administration of University of Lausanne in 2014. The Executive Visiting Delegation is composed of 32 students working at public universities or administration. The main goal of their visit is to have a better understanding of what constitutes the modern public administration and innovation in China.

swissnex China wishes them a rewarding and fulfilling trip in China and looks forward to welcoming them again in the near future!

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EMBA delegation of University of Zurich visits swissnex China

By Libing Gu, Project Leader Academic Relations

In the afternoon of October 22nd, swissnex China had the great pleasure to receive the visit of 36 EMBA students from University of Zurich (UZH). Dr. Felix Moesner, CEO swissnex China presented the landscape of higher education, research and innovation in China as well as the mission and activities of swissnex China.

 Dr. Felix Moesner, Science Consul and CEO of swissnex China, presented the swissnex China mission to the delegation.

Dr. Felix Moesner, Science Consul and CEO of swissnex China, presented the swissnex China mission to the delegation.

 Mr. Olivier Zehnder, Consul General of Switzerland in Shanghai introduced to Sino-Swiss relations and Swiss presence in China and Shanghai.

Mr. Olivier Zehnder, Consul General of Switzerland in Shanghai introduced to Sino-Swiss relations and Swiss presence in China and Shanghai.

 The group was then instructed by Gianna Abegg, Swiss-Attorney-at-Law of eiger about legal issues when doing business in China.

The group was then instructed by Gianna Abegg, Swiss-Attorney-at-Law of eiger about legal issues when doing business in China.

 Patrick Glauser, Head of Operations & Business Development of M-Industry China gave a glimpse of doing e-commerce in China and shared some experiences of the company with the group.

Patrick Glauser, Head of Operations & Business Development of M-Industry China gave a glimpse of doing e-commerce in China and shared some experiences of the company with the group.

 Marco Duri Cabalzar, General Manager of Garaventa Lift (Shanghai) then talked about the lessons he learned during his professional experience in Shanghai with useful suggestions about how to develop business in China.

Marco Duri Cabalzar, General Manager of Garaventa Lift (Shanghai) then talked about the lessons he learned during his professional experience in Shanghai with useful suggestions about how to develop business in China.

During the Q&A session, all the students were keen to know more about the opportunities and challenges of Chinese market entry and asked numerous questions about business operations under the complicated economic, social, technological and cultural environment of China.

After the rich afternoon program, the delegation attended a networking apèro organized by UZH and swissnex China in Kartel Wine Bar, where they met 20 UZH alumni, including participants of MAS in European and Chinese Business Management program and enjoyed the fresh evening of Shanghai.

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Composed of leaders and senior managers in enterprises or government administration, the EMBA delegation of UZH embarked on a field trip to China to get in-depth knowledge about doing business in the most fast-growing economy. swissnex China wishes them a fruitful trip in China and looks forward to welcoming them again in 2019!

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Swiss French-Speaking Alumni Event at the Confucius Institute in the University of Geneva

Contributed by Mr. Basile Zimmermann from the Confucius Institute in Geneva

On the evening of August 28, 2018, in a beautiful 19th century house nearby Lake Geneva, the Confucius Institute at the University of Geneva hosted the fourth meeting of the Swiss French-speaking alumni in China. More than 30 alumni participated in this event to discuss their memories of China and share their experiences of the present day.

The Director of the Confucius Institute, Dr. Basile Zimmermann, welcomed the guests. He expressed his joy to have such an opportunity for the alumni to exchange with each other.

 The Director of the Confucius Institute, Dr. Basile Zimmermann, welcomed the guests. He expressed his joy to have such an opportunity for the alumni to exchange with each other.

The Director of the Confucius Institute, Dr. Basile Zimmermann, welcomed the guests. He expressed his joy to have such an opportunity for the alumni to exchange with each other.

 Gérald Béroud, President of the French-speaking section of the Swiss-Chinese Association,discussed the strengthening of the relations between the two countries and expressed his hopes that everyone would contribute in taking them to the next level.

Gérald Béroud, President of the French-speaking section of the Swiss-Chinese Association,discussed the strengthening of the relations between the two countries and expressed his hopes that everyone would contribute in taking them to the next level.

 Béatrice Ferrari, Head of Bilateral Relations at the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation, presented the activities of swissnex China, with a special focus on science and technology cooperation as well as scientific diplomacy.

Béatrice Ferrari, Head of Bilateral Relations at the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation, presented the activities of swissnex China, with a special focus on science and technology cooperation as well as scientific diplomacy.

Later on, Dr. Marc Laperrouza gave a detailed presentation of the "China Hardware Innovation Camp" at EPFL, which he had started in 2015 together with Pascal Marmier, who had the original idea. Composed of students with business, design, and engineering background, the program is highly interdisciplinary. Students are organized in groups and work on designing their own connected device, then they all go to China to manufacture it. Every year, Marc Laperrouzza travels with the participants, and he attempts to help them better understand the country. To this day, products that have been designed include for instance a smart milk bottle, a smart lunch box, a device for long-distance communication for the elderly, or a device to measure the quality of water, etc. Marc also takes the students to visit a big Chinese enterprise. He discussed the challenge of providing a few weeks of experience and understanding to students who most often don't know much about contemporary China. Dr. Laperrouzza's presentation lasted more than one hour, and everyone was quite excited to learn about such a successful and innovative way of working with China.

 Later on, everybody had dinner together, and the participants continued the discussions on the lakeside.

Later on, everybody had dinner together, and the participants continued the discussions on the lakeside.

 The alumni agreed that this kind of gathering not only reinforces their relations with China, but also promotes further collaboration of all kinds and gives positive energy.

The alumni agreed that this kind of gathering not only reinforces their relations with China, but also promotes further collaboration of all kinds and gives positive energy.

This event was organized thanks to the support of the French-speaking section of the Swiss-Chinese Association, the Chinese Embassy in Bern, swissnex China, the Department of East Asian studies and the alumni association at the University of Geneva, as well as the alumni association at the University of Lausanne.

日内瓦大学孔子学院举办瑞士法语区留华校友联谊活动

当地时间8月28日晚,日内瓦大学孔子学院在秋风送爽的莱蒙湖畔举办第四届瑞士法语区留华校友联谊活动。30多名曾经在中国留学的瑞士友人参加了活动,共叙彼此记忆中的留华岁月,分享如今中国和各自生活的关联以及对中国的感受。

 孔子学院外方院长金亦然 (Basile Zimmermann) 博士首先致欢迎辞。他非常高兴每年能提供机会让留华校友们在一起交流磋商,回忆过去,畅想未来。

孔子学院外方院长金亦然 (Basile Zimmermann) 博士首先致欢迎辞。他非常高兴每年能提供机会让留华校友们在一起交流磋商,回忆过去,畅想未来。

 瑞中协会法语区分会会长白鹄 (Gérald Béroud) 先生则强调瑞士与中国各界的交往越来越频繁,他希望在坐的各位能为中瑞的进一步交流做出贡献。

瑞中协会法语区分会会长白鹄 (Gérald Béroud) 先生则强调瑞士与中国各界的交往越来越频繁,他希望在坐的各位能为中瑞的进一步交流做出贡献。

 瑞士联邦政府科技文化中心的代表彼阿特丽丝·法拉利(Béatrice Ferrari)女士也介绍了瑞士联邦政府科技文化中心中国分部的主要活动,特别是在科学技术方面的双边合作,其宗旨是“为科学服务的外交”。

瑞士联邦政府科技文化中心的代表彼阿特丽丝·法拉利(Béatrice Ferrari)女士也介绍了瑞士联邦政府科技文化中心中国分部的主要活动,特别是在科学技术方面的双边合作,其宗旨是“为科学服务的外交”。

为了让来宾们了解中国现今的科技文化和创新创业活动,孔院特意邀请洛桑联邦理工学院讲师和研究员、“中国硬件创新训练营”联合创始人马克.拉珀劳扎(Marc Laperrouzza)先生介绍该训练营和中国的创客群体的合作情况。洛桑联邦理工学院的“中国硬件创新训练营”创建于2015年,营员由来自工程、设计、商业等不同学科背景的学生组成,他们以团队形式将好的设计理念变成App或产品雏形。每年,拉珀劳扎先生都会带领营员们带着这些产品的雏形去中国,与中国的创客团队合作生产这些产品。目前,已经成功生产的产品包括智能奶瓶、智能饭盒、面向老人群体的远程沟通装置、测试水源清洁度的产品,等等。此外,他还带领学生参观了一些大型的中国企业。他详细介绍了多年来他如何为洛桑几所高校不同专业的学生开发并组织“中国硬件创新训练营”独特的课程与活动,特别是如何让对中国一无所知的学生在短短的几周内感受、体验、了解中国的国情与当地的真实生活。拉珀劳扎先生为时一个多小时的精彩发言扣人心弦,为大家展示了跟中国合作的多种多样的可能性与广阔的前景。

 最后,所有朋友共进晚餐,在友好热烈的气氛中继续交流。大家都认为这样的活动不仅加强了他们跟中国的联系,而且能够推动他们将来跟中国的合作。

最后,所有朋友共进晚餐,在友好热烈的气氛中继续交流。大家都认为这样的活动不仅加强了他们跟中国的联系,而且能够推动他们将来跟中国的合作。

 此外,他们彼此分享的中国经验也正以良性辐射的方式惠及着他们周围的群体。活动受到了校友们的热烈欢迎。

此外,他们彼此分享的中国经验也正以良性辐射的方式惠及着他们周围的群体。活动受到了校友们的热烈欢迎。

此次活动获得了中国驻瑞士大使馆、瑞中协会法语区分会、瑞士联邦政府科技文化中心、日内瓦大学东亚学系、日内瓦大学校友会以及洛桑大学校友会的支持。