HEC Lausanne, EPFL and Zhejiang University Establish the China Economics and Finance Center

By Victor Dietrich, Junior Project Manager and HEC Lausanne Ambassador

On the 24th of January, swissnex China participated in an Innovation and Development Dialogue between Sino-Swiss Enterprises and the "Opening Ceremony of the China Economics and Finance Center" in Hangzhou (Zhejiang University). The center was been co-created by Zhejiang University in collaboration with HEC Lausanne and EPFL (Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne).

After an introduction to the China Economics and Finance Center (CEFC) and Opening Ceremony performed by Dr. Matthew Wang, Chairman & President of Cybernaut (China) Investment and Executive Dean of ZII. Pr. Dong from HEC Lausanne offered a traditional Swiss bell with the colors of the University of Lausanne as a symbolic gift.

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During the forum, Prof. Jean-Philippe Bonardi, Dean of HEC Lausanne - The Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Lausanne showed us the key Swiss trends in innovation, entrepreneurship and global trends. He stressed the importance of promoting an entrepreneurial spirit in our universities. Prof. Rongxiao, Dean of the Industrial Technology Transformation Research Institute at the University of Zhejiang, then demonstrates all their efforts to create a great innovation ecosystem, and develop a win-win model for industry-university-research.

Mr. Bo Ji, Chief Representative for Europe and Assistant Dean at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business. He aims to provide European businesses with executive training to understand China and how to successfully do business in this dynamic market. This experienced TEDx Speaker gave us a speech as well.

We concluded the morning with a round table discussion on "The Digital Age, the New Model for Innovative Cooperation between Sino-Swiss Entrepreneurs" with directors, representatives of institutions and entrepreneurs. Prof. Minyue Dong and Mr. Victor Dietrich from swissnex China represented the Swiss side. swissnex China had the opportunity to present their activities and how they help build bridges between China and Switzerland in the field of innovation, sciences, and education. During this discussion, interesting ideas were raised such as making the data public to generate more rapid innovations. This new center also generates a lot of prospects in establishing new partnership between China and Switzerland.

Successful Launch of the “Café des Sciences” Event Series with Deep Insights into Shadow Banking

By Sacha Pantillon and Victor Dietrich, Junior Project Managers

On January 23, swissnex China, in collaboration with the HEC Lausanne, organized an event focused on “Shadow Banking in China”. It was also the launch of our new “Café des Sciences” event series, which is scheduled to take place every third Thursday each month at swissnex China or our partner spaces and offering a monthly platform for spotlight scientists and startups.

First, we had a brief opening speech by Dr. Felix Moesner, Science Consul and CEO of swissnex China, which was followed by a short introduction to the presentation’s topic by Victor Dietrich, HEC Lausanne Ambassador and Junior Project Manager at swissnex China.

Opening speech by Dr. Felix Moesner, Science Consul & CEO, swissnex China

Opening speech by Dr. Felix Moesner, Science Consul & CEO, swissnex China

Victor Dietrich, HEC Lausanne Ambassador and Junior Project Manager at swissnex China

Victor Dietrich, HEC Lausanne Ambassador and Junior Project Manager at swissnex China

Victor Dietrich consequently gave the floor to the speaker Prof. Ying Liu, Assistant Professor at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics and an esteemed graduate of HEC Lausanne – The Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Lausanne, where she obtained her PhD.

Prof. Ying Liu recounts her time at HEC Lausanne.

Prof. Ying Liu recounts her time at HEC Lausanne.

Prof. Ying Liu discussed the Shadow Banking System in China

Prof. Ying Liu discussed the Shadow Banking System in China

She gave an insightful presentation on the Shadow Banking System in China and provided an overview of activities related to credit intermediation, liquidity and maturity transformation that takes place outside the regular banking system. She also presented the reasons for the fast growth and associated risks.

She illustrated the differences it has with traditional banking, the advantages and the drawbacks of this practice, as well as the differences in this practice between China and the world. 16% of the whole world's shadow banking come from China even though it is a decreasing slightly as the government wants to regulate and control a bit more this domain. We had then a deeper look at entrusted loans, a major part of shadow banking in China. Entrusted loans are the inter-corporate lending facilitated by financial companies as trustee. Finally, we explored into products such as Asset Management Products in depth and more specifically Wealth Management products.

Prof. Ying Liu illustrated the differences between shadow banking and traditional banking.

Prof. Ying Liu illustrated the differences between shadow banking and traditional banking.

The participants made meaningful connections around finger food and drinks after the presentation.

The participants made meaningful connections around finger food and drinks after the presentation.

This talk generated a great interest both abroad, where a lot of people were keen to have more information on the topic and in Shanghai were participants posed many questions during the presentation, generating some very dynamic dialogue.

Finally, we pursued the discussions and made meaningful connections around drinks and finger food served in a very professional manner by Geneva Catering. The participants expressed positive feedbacks and are excited to attend the next event at swissnex China.

Thank you to all attendees for their participation.

Thank you to all attendees for their participation.

We thank all the attendees for joining the first “Café des Sciences”, the HEC Lausanne for co-organizing this event, Geneva Catering for providing the excellent food and of course Prof. Ying Liu for sharing her research in this presentation who made this event an excellent Alumni gathering for the University of Lausanne - UNIL. We are looking forward to collaborating with all these partners again in the future.

From left to right: Dr. Felix Moesner, Prof. Dr. Ying Liu and Victor Dietrich

From left to right: Dr. Felix Moesner, Prof. Dr. Ying Liu and Victor Dietrich

Final Evaluation and Acceptance meeting Research Cooperation between ECUT and SUPSI

By Stone Bodong Shi, Manager Sino-swissnex Center Guangdong

Final Evaluation and Acceptance meeting Research Cooperation between ECUT and SUPSI  

Mass-Spectrometry (MS) is an effective measure to determine the harmful contaminations. However, the commercially available MS is not efficient and easy to use, due to the complicated pre-treatment process and post-analytical process. East China University of Technology (ECUT) — strong in pre-treatment process and post-analytical process, with partnership of University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) —  good at electronic and precision manufacturing, applied for International cooperation project of Ministry of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of China, and got approved, Project No. 2015DFA40290 "Research on the mass production technology and manufacturing technique for key components to the mass spectrometry instrumentation". SUPSI delivered reports of MANUFACTURING PROCESS TECHNOLOGY and MEASUREMENT PROCESS TECHNOLOGY for 7 typical mechanical parts, and a training program.

Assessors listen to the report of the project  评审专家听取项目报告

Assessors listen to the report of the project

评审专家听取项目报告

Assessors and Project team members group photos  评审专家与项目组成员合照

Assessors and Project team members group photos

评审专家与项目组成员合照

After 3 years research and development, ECUT and SUPSI have developed a serial process for manufacturing and measuring technologies for key components of the mass spectrometry instrumentation. On Dec 26th, 2018, on behalf of Ministry of Science and Technology of China, Department Science and Technology of Jiangxi Province organized the Final Evaluation and Acceptance meeting of “Research on the mass production technology and manufacturing technique for key components to the mass spectrometry instrumentation". Seven specialists from different research institutes agreed the project have reached the defined objectives and they gave high evaluation and accepted the results.

key components of the mass spectrometry iron source  质谱仪器离子源关键部件示意图

key components of the mass spectrometry iron source

质谱仪器离子源关键部件示意图

Vision-based measurement of diameters  基于视觉的直径检测

Vision-based measurement of diameters

基于视觉的直径检测

 

东华理工大学与瑞士南方应用科技大学(SUPSI)国际合作“质谱仪器关键部件量产技术与工艺研究”项目结题验收会

质谱是检测有害污染物的有效手段。然而,由于复杂的前处理过程和后分析过程,一般商用质谱仪器不易使用。东华理工大学拥有前处理工艺和后分析工艺专长,与擅长电子和精密制造瑞士南方应用科学与艺术大学合作申请中国科技部国际合作项目“质谱仪关键部件的大规模生产技术和制造技术研究”(项目号:2015DFA40290)。SUPSI为7个典型机械零件提供了制造工艺技术和测量工艺技术报告,并提供了培训项目。

经过3年的研究和开发,东华理工大学和瑞士南方应用科学与艺术大学已开发出一系列用于质谱仪关键部件的制造和测量技术。2018年12月26日,受中国科技部委托,江西省科技厅组织召开了“质谱仪器关键部件量产技术与制造技术研究”的最终评审和验收会议。来自不同研究所的七位专家一致认为,该项目达到了既定目标,并给予了很高的评价和认可。

 

How Does China Drive Innovation and How Switzerland can Leverage from it?

Geneva, December 7 – After the opening words by Christophe Weber, President of the Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, our CEO Felix Moesner gave a talk on "How Does China Drive Innovation and How Switzerland Can Leverage from It?". His deep dive into the foundations of innovation in China included "Made in China 2025", his insights on what we can learn from ‘China speed’ and what his team at swissnex China – the Science Consulate of Switzerland in China – does to connect the dots between Switzerland and China in education, research and innovation. An outstanding audience with 50 registered guests contributed to a lively Q&A, which was moderated by Christophe Weber, and continued during the networking event, where many old and new friends of swissnex China joined for 90 minutes and beyond.

The talk was in excellent partnership with the Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Geneva Chapter. Special thanks go to Christophe Weber, President, Alexandre Gaillard, Secretary General, Philippe Nasr, Chief Operating Officer, and Yunfei Gao, Chief Business Development Officer for their effective and efficient collaboration.

CEO Felix Moesner highlights some hightech innovation examples

CEO Felix Moesner highlights some hightech innovation examples

An audience of 50 registered guests attended the talk

An audience of 50 registered guests attended the talk

SCCC President Christopher Weber did the moderation

SCCC President Christopher Weber did the moderation

Talk on Innovation in China

Talk on Innovation in China

Networking with old and new friends of swissnex China

Networking with old and new friends of swissnex China

Picture credit: Philippe Nasr and Anna Lupina Wegener

SCCC website: https://www.sccc.ch/events/how-does-china-drive-innovation-and-how-switzerland-can-leverage-from-it

From Paris to Hong Kong by Bike: ETH Zurich Alumnus Basile Verhulst and the Story of his 18’000 km Journey

by Sacha Pantillon, Assistant Project Manager

On December 14, an ETH Zurich and EPFL Alumni gathering took place in the office of swissnex China which was organized by the ETH Zurich and EPFL Alumni Shanghai Chapters.


The topic of the event was “From Paris to Hong Kong by Bike”. Basile Verhulst shared the story of his 16-months and 18’000 km long bicycle journey from Paris to Hong Kong. The event started around 7pm with an opening speech delivered Zhang Xi (Head of the ETH Zurich Alumni Shanghai Chapter) and after that Basile held his presentation.

At the beginning, Basile did a small presentation about himself and how the idea was born. He then shared with us all the steps that he did for the preparation of the journey (for example: he bought a bike on ebay and several bike bags). He also showed us very interesting photos with all the things than he brought along for his trip, which was very little.

Next, he presented a very fascinating picture showing the countries he travelled through in different colors. This map was representing how difficult it is to be invited to the houses of local people. According to Basile, this is more difficult in Europe and the easiest places to be invited to people’s homes are the Middle-East and the West of Asia.

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During his presentation, Basile told us some stories about the native people in different countries, about their culture, their language, and some funny facts. He mentioned that his two biggest problems during the trip were to find a place where he can put up his tent and to obtain the visas for the different countries. Finally, there was a Q&A session and a nice networking part with food provided by Geneva Catering.

A big thank you to Basil Verhulst for the presentation and his presence, to the ETH Zurich and EPFL Alumni Shanghai Chapters and also to everyone who joined the event! 

If you would like to know more about Basile’s journey, you can check out his website: http://crossingvalleys.com/