Swiss Fashion Designer engages in Chinese Higher Education: Mod'Art Graduation Fashion Show

By Haley Jiamin LU, Junior Project Leader PR & Events

On July 18th, we were invited by Swiss designer Ms. Stefanie Tschirky to attend the graduation fashion show of Shanghai University - MOD’ART International Institute of Fashion and Arts. It is a professional fashion institute jointly founded by Shanghai University and MOD’ART International in Paris in 2003. The institute,  a partner of Shanghai University, accepts applications from students worldwide. It is the only fashion institute in Shanghai honored with the title of “Top Ten Fashion Institutes in China”, jointly awarded by CNGA and CCTV for being the first fashion institute to introduce a professional Luxury Marketing and Management program in China.

 swissnex China was invited to attend the MODÁRT Graduation Fashion Show on July 18.

swissnex China was invited to attend the MODÁRT Graduation Fashion Show on July 18.

The show was a tremendous success in terms of design quality. Each student presented a collection of 6 looks. Each of the collections are very unique and presented with well did details as well as with suitable stage effect.

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Ms. Stefanie Tschirky was originally from Heiligkreuz (St Gallen, Switzerland). She is a fashion designer currently working as a fashion design and fashion history lecturer at Shanghai University, Mod Art International. As the final year tutor in Fashion Design she prepares the students for their final graduation show, which includes making a collection of six looks. These collections are presented on the graduation fashion show and received much positive feedback. Stefanie recently received a sponsorship to show her new Spring/ Summer 2019 collection as a runway show at Tokyo Fashion week and Shanghai Fashion Week in October 2018.

Goals Gone Wild: Setting Realistic Corporate Goals

By Sébastien Quadri, Junior Project Leader

HEC Lausanne, the University of Lausanne and swissnex China invited Prof. Xavier Castañer, expert in strategic management at HEC Lausanne, to give a talk about new developmental managerial perspectives on June 4.

 Prof. Castañer shared with special insights with the audience.

Prof. Castañer shared with special insights with the audience.

Corporations (as well as cities, regions and countries) seem to be obsessed with quantitative growth; in particular, with revenue growth as an overriding goal. However, it is often said that corporations should be concerned with profitability and increasingly their corporate social responsibility should extend beyond this goal. Moreover, publicly-traded corporations seem to be exposed to high expectations of revenue growth which are difficult to achieve through organic growth and require alliances and acquisitions, modes which bring substantial challenges.

Xavier was an excellent orator and easily shared his passion for strategies to the audience. From this talk, the forty fascinated guests will remember that:

·      Corporations’ obsession with revenue growth (size) might be rooted in our primitive territorial built-up

·      Corporations have multiple owners who often have different preferences and not just revenue growth or profitability

·      Greater corporate or organizational size doesn’t necessarily entail greater profitability, actually it is difficult to achieve scale or scope economies

·      We should better talk about organizational or corporate development rather than growth

·      Corporate development might often require divestment, abandoning some activities, even the core or original businesses, rather than expanding to better develop

·      Shareholders and board members should be careful and critical with expansionist projects of CEOs, particularly if they use free cashflow and there is poor corporate governance (no chairman and CEO separation) 

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The subsequent networking reception was the perfect moment to share ideas, trade opinions with the professor, and to meet people from various fields (business, management, finance, lawyers, and curious intellectuals).

Thank you Xavier for sharing your precious thoughts and ideas.

We wish you a great success in your following research!

swissnex China warmly welcomes Basel Confucius Institute Summer School Students

By Xu Yuzhuo, Junior Project Leader Academic Relations

On July 16, swissnex China had the pleasure of welcoming 27 Bachelor's students from Basel Confucius Institute Summer School. The students were on a cultural trip led by Ms. Dai Lan, who is the dean of Basel Confucius institute on the Chinese side.

Dr. Felix Moesner, CEO of swissnex China, gave a presentation to introduce swissnex China’s mission and activities.

This was followed by a presentation by Mr. Quentin Gigon, Junior Project Leader Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He presented to the students the innovation landscape in China as well as recent reports and statistical figures to illustrate that China was among the top 20 most-innovative economies in the annual Global Innovation Index ranking.

The topic was fascinating to the visiting students and many questions were asked after the presentation. Their trip in China continues after the visit to swissnex China. We wish them a pleasant time!

Joint HEIG-VD and Shanghai University Summer School Students visit swissnex China

By Xu Yuzhuo, Junior Project Leader Academic Relations

On July 18, 17 students from the Sino-Swiss Summer University, a joint program between HEIG-VAUD and Shanghai University visited swissnex China. Initially introduced by swissnex China, the fruitful collaboration between the two universities have been ongoing for a number of years. 

Ms. Rahel Gruber, Operations Manager of swissnex China, warmly welcomed the students and introduced swissnex’s mission in China.

This was followed by a presentation from Mr. Quentin Gigon, Junior Project Leader Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Quentin presented the innovation landscape in China. The students were very interested in this topic and posed numerous questions in the Q&A session after the presentation.

The 4-week Sino-Swiss Summer University program is jointly organized by HEIG-VAUD and Shanghai University. Students enrolled in the program spend 2 weeks in Switzerland and another two weeks in China. This is an excellent opportunity to experience different cultures and exchange ideas. We wish them a delightful summer time in China!

Fireside Chat with Kurt Haerri on Corporate China

The first Fireside Chat with Mr. Kurt Haerri, who gave an insightful talk of his longterm experience at Schindler and life in China in general, was hosted at swissnex China on July 11. In an interactive format, our distinguished speaker discussed the cross-cultural Sino-West professional environment and explores the dimensions and dynamics of Chinese companies.

 Mr. Kurt Haerri, former President of the Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, gave special insight into the cross-cultural Sino-West professional environment.

Mr. Kurt Haerri, former President of the Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, gave special insight into the cross-cultural Sino-West professional environment.

Drawing upon his extensive and deep personal understanding of the Chinese culture, the former President of the Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Commerce dissected the critical success factors and challenges in corporate China and provide a framework for successful cross-cultural understanding and interactions. The event was initiated by ETH Zurich Alumni Chapter Chair Zhang Xi and carried out in collaboration with the EPFL Alumni Chapter and SwissCham. 

 The dynamics event was instigated by ETH Zurich Alumni Chapter Chair Ms. Zhang Xi.

The dynamics event was instigated by ETH Zurich Alumni Chapter Chair Ms. Zhang Xi.

The Fireside Chat is a new format inviting seasoned Swiss speakers to talk and discuss their experiences in China; this presentation series is a collaboration between the swissnex China and SwissCham. Please join us for future interesting talks, discussions and networking!