Visiting Shantou University and Promoting Swiss Education and Innovation

On Nov 15th, the Ambassador, H. E. Mr. Jean-Jacques DE DARDEL, Mr. Didier Boschung, Consul General of Switzerland in Guangzhou, Mr. Rene Baenziger Deputy Consul General of Switzerland in Guangzhou, Dr. Felix Moesner, CEO of swissnex China visited Shantou University.

Shantou University, a key comprehensive university under the provincial Project 211 program in Guangdong, was founded in 1981 with the approval of the State Council. It is the only public university that receives funding from the Li Ka Shing Foundation. Furthermore, Shantou University holds some “swissness” since it was designed by renown Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron, the joint designer of the famous Beijing National Stadium in Beijing, also known as the “Bird’s Nest”.

Under the auspice of the Li Ka Shing Foundation, STU has become one of the few universities in Mainland China that awards full scholarships to overseas exchange students. The university has established close academic ties with nearly 20 universities. Shantou University wished to spread information through swissenx to establish cooperation on student exchange, dual degree and internship. 

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Swiss-Chinese Friendship Day in Shantou

On November 15th and 16th, the Consulate General of Switzerland in Guangzhou, together with swissnex China, Switzerland Global Enterprise Beijing, Switzerland Tourism Beijing/Hong Kong organized a Swiss Day to celebrate Swiss-Chinese Friendship Day in Shantou, see the whole series events in CG Guangzhou official WeChat account.

As partner of the event, swissnex China held an “Innovation and education” seminar. Switzerland has enjoyed for a long time a strong reputation as a unique tourist destination, however, the world is discovering the country's world class education, innovation and creativity. This seminar introduces Switzerland in general and examples of innovation, then share experience how education could facilitate the innovation and how it remains a driver for innovation and creativity in Switzerland.

The Ambassador, H. E. Mr. Jean-Jacques DE DARDEL went to seminar room and deliver a welcome address. Dr. Felix Moesner, CEO of swissnex China intruded Swiss strength in innovation and Swissnex as the Swiss global network connecting the dots in education, research, and innovation. Shi Bodong, project manager embedded in Consulate General of Switzerland in Guangzhou introduced Switzerland in general and Swiss education system. Mr. Didier Boschung, Consul General of Switzerland in Guangzhou also attended the seminar.  

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Made in Swiss, Drug discovery seminar

Based on an innovative strategic partnership agreed between the Chinese President and the President of the Swiss Confederation in 2016, Swiss innovation gets traction among Chinese investors and companies. 

As leading country in drug discovery, Switzerland embraces the academic and industry collaboration and keen to have Chinese healthcare companies carry out research collaboration with universities and research institutes in Switzerland. 

On Dec 5th,  “Made in Switzerland Drug Discovery “seminar was held in Novartis Shanghai center with over 80 participants from healthcare industry in China.  Keynote speakers from university of Zurich Prof Christoph Hock and Prof Michael Hennig from university of Basel shared Swiss advantage in new drug discovery especially early stage by leveraging the research sources and talent power which are unparalleled in the world.

Panelists discussed the key pain in exploratory  and optimization stages in drug discovery in China. To shape the future of drug discovery, partnering with Swiss research power for scientific collaboration and  sending staff  to Switzerland in proximity to research institutes would be an idea win-win method.  Such healthcare hub and research  powers as Basel, university of Zurich, Paul Scherrer Institute etc. have strong know-how and leading in drug discovery science and technology development. 

Reimagining Shell Structures: Philippe Block’s keynote at Tongji University

On 1 Dec. 2017, Prof. Philippe Block, Director of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication gave a keynote speech at the IStructE Asia-Pacific Forum at Tongji University.

With the research focus on equilibrium design methods and computational form finding and fabrication of curved surface structures, Prof. Block shared his learning from the structural principles that the master builders developed throughout history and also his research on shell structures with the attendants.

Prof. Philippe Block giving a lecture at Tongji University

Prof. Philippe Block giving a lecture at Tongji University

Prof. Philippe Block giving a lecture at Tongji University

Prof. Philippe Block giving a lecture at Tongji University

Drawing from a revival of forgotten principles combined with the latest advances in the design, engineering, fabrication and construction of doubly-curved shell structures, Prof. Block’s lecture reveals the foundations upon which the award-winning “Beyond Bending” exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2016 and the thin, flexibly formed concrete shell of the NEST HiLo project were based.

Armadillo Vault, Venice, Italy, photo by Iwan Bann

Armadillo Vault, Venice, Italy, photo by Iwan Bann

*Full-scale construction prototype of the NEST HiLo shell roof, photo by Michael Lyrenmann

*Full-scale construction prototype of the NEST HiLo shell roof, photo by Michael Lyrenmann

Prof. Philippe Block, is currently teaching at the Institute of Technology in Architecture at ETH Zurich. He has studied architecture and structural engineering at the VUB in Belgium and at MIT in USA. The Block Research Group focuses on equilibrium design methods and computational form finding and fabrication of curved surface structures. Prof. Block is also the director of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication.

Shanghai International Conference on Interdisciplinarity

Guest blog by Dean AiLing Zhang, GIIT, SISU and former Dean of ETI, Hannelore Lee-Jahnke, University of Geneva

On November 3 and 4, the International Conference on Interdisciplinarity took place at the Shanghai International Studies University (SISU). The aim of interdisciplinarity is to get away from pure specialization and open thus new pathways in training and research, creating new common grounds. This is the reason why universities tend nowadays to break down barriers between disciplines in order to open new possibilities for broader knowledge and creativity.

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Language and Translation & Interpretation play a fundamental role in any of the disciplines taught at university level and can hence function as a major player in an interdisciplinary approach. Interdisciplinarity today becomes a must in education since it is based on the possibility to conceive all that links the different subjects together, as well as the aptitude to contextualize and to globalize knowledge.

Its aim is not only to open the barriers between the disciplines, but also to possibly transform what creates those barriers, i.e. the principles which structure knowledge.

Language is certainly a pivot vehicle of and for interdisciplinarity. A fact, which has been stressed within the framework of globalization. Switzerland, as a plurilingual country, is kind of a showcase in terms of language proficiency. With this background in mind, the objective of the interdisciplinary approach is to find ways and means to enhance even more these language skills, in order to make them a pivot- element in training and research, which can help to liaise with and amongst the disciplines.

The conference included fields such as international communication, economy, labor market, training, and community translation & Interpretation. The chosen approach was to foster collaboration with other top faculties and/or universities in the given fields by offering joint training and research facilities for specifically selected students and to spark interest among renowned specialists of the different fields to collaborate in research through finding national funding for PhD and research projects.

Under the leadership of Professor AiLing Zhang, Dean, GIIT, SISU and Professor Hannelore Lee-Jahnke, Co-Chair, Interdisciplinary Research Center, GIIT, SISU, former Dean of ETI, University of Geneva, the conference was a great opportunity for Swiss universities such as University of Geneva, University of Fribourg, or ZHAW to exchange with peers in Shanghai and expend their networks. In the following, there is a small selection of speakers at the conference.

Dr. Feng Jiang, Chairman of the University Board, SISU

Dr. Feng Jiang, Chairman of the University Board, SISU

Dr. Florika Fink-Hooijer, Director-General, DG-Interpretation, European Commission

Dr. Florika Fink-Hooijer, Director-General, DG-Interpretation, European Commission

Dr. Felix Moesner, CEO, swissnex China

Dr. Felix Moesner, CEO, swissnex China

Group picture with speakers

Group picture with speakers

 

 

 

 

 

Weingart Typography Exhibition Opened in Shanghai

After successful showcase in Art Museum of Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, Weingart Typography China Shanghai Exhibition opened at Design and Innovation Collage, Tongji University on October 15, 2017. The exhibition is co-organized by Tongji University and swissnex China and will last until 10 November. Afterwards, it will be touring to Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts.

As the main supporter of the exhibition, Dr. Felix Moesner, CEO of swissnex China attended the opening and delivered the opening speech. Mr. Erwin Lüthi, Deputy Consul General of Switzerland also joined the opening as the honored guest. 

Curator of the Exhibiton-Prof. Du qin and Dr. Felix Moesner, giving the opening speech

Curator of the Exhibiton-Prof. Du qin and Dr. Felix Moesner, giving the opening speech

Weingart Typography China Touring Exhibition presents the first comprehensive exhibition in China devoted to the work and teaching of Wolfgang Weingart and is based on the exhibition by Museum für Gestaltung Zürich in 2014.  All of the exhibits come from the Museum’s own collections and are donated by Mr. Weingart, including more than 200 pieces by Weingart himself as well as examples of his students’ work.

The Weingart Typography Exhibition at Design and Innovation Collage, Tongji University

The Weingart Typography Exhibition at Design and Innovation Collage, Tongji University

Wolfgang Weingart , the Swiss graphic designer and design educator is known for his pioneering work in typography and graphic design in the 1960s and 70s. He rebelled against the then dominant Swiss International Style and spoke with an eloquent typographic voice of his own. Through teaching and practice Weingart influenced generations of students from all over the world and inspired a “New Wave” of typography which traveled from Basel to North America. This wave reverberated with the emerging Post-modernism in the country to create an impact on graphic design in profound ways.