swissnex China Newsletter February 2014
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The Horse carries elements of energetic, bright, warm-hearted and intelligent in Chinese zodiac, it is also recognized to be the Chinese people's ethos – making unremitting efforts to improve themselves by taking various projects. The year of Snake was very successful as it brought Sino-Swiss relations to a new chapter. We believe that there will be more cooperation between the two countries not only in commercial exchanges but also in other aspects including academic, research, technology, innovation and so on. At swissnex China (in Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou), we believe that there are many opportunities for cooperation. Therefore, we have added a new section to this newsletter called “Collaborative Opportunities”. They highlight events, programs and projects that we have carefully selected. Of course, we are available for any questions and if you have any projects calling for Swiss/Chinese partners, don't hesitate to let us know via email or by phone 0086 21 6235 1889, we will spread the words for you.

Collaborative Opportunities

Call for proposals: Sino-Swiss Science and Technology Cooperation Program SSSTC (Chinese version here)
Application deadline: 30 March 2014 
Building on the previous success, the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research, and Innovation (SERI) and Minister of Science and Technology, P.R. China (MOST) are committed to continue the SSSTC for another 4 years (2013–2016). A call for Joint Research Projects (JRP; focus field: translational biomedicine and medical technology) proposals is launched by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) (details here). For more information, please go through this link.

Swiss Day at Chinese campus - Tongji University 23 May

swissnex China, Tongji University and Y-Institute are organizing a Swiss Day, including student info lectures, alumni meeting and road show, to promote the excellence of Swiss higher education and technology to university students. Similar events will take place in Shanghai Jiao Tong University in October and in Beijing soon. We welcome universities and tech-organizations to present. Please contact:, Ms. Linda Lou, Project Leader Academic Relations

swissnex China public calendar now online!

Want to know what we are busy with and get a reminder for our public event in your Google calendar?
Check this!

Swiss Week 29 May - 2 June

Swiss Week is an event involving various Swiss companies and organizations presenting themselves to the general Chinese public. swissnex China, Swiss Business hub and the Swiss Consulate is going to share a booth, now we are calling for projects to be presented at the booth. If you are interested, please contact:, Ms.Isabel Goetz, Human Resources, Projects and Events

Geneva Summer School 2014

From International Law to Investing in MIrcofinance, Courses in 2014 all taught in English for 2 to 3 weeks in Geneva. Reduced tuition fee for early birds.

Two-week Academic Expedition in China

If you are Swiss university or university of applied sciences and interested in building relationships, exploring potential with Chinese universities, swissnex China will organize a two-week academic expedition with “what to do”, “what to see” and “who to meet” in fall 2014.
Contact:, Ms. Linda Lou, Project Leader Academic Affairs

UAS China workshop October

China's STEI information day for Swiss UAS in Switzerland based on a first draft/concept – Details will follow.

China Education Expo 2014 in Beijing: 25 - 26 October 

The Expo is a good opportunity for Swiss universities to present themselves to the best Chinese graduate and postgraduate students and a broad Chinese public. More information:

Thrilling News:

April 4th, the latest swissnex hub will be inaugurated in Rio de Janeiro, swissnex Brazil!

UPCOMING:swissnex Day'14 @FHNW in Olten, 26 March

The swissnex Day'14 is devoted to the topic "Different Faces of Innovation in Asia", which will offer you a unique opportunity to discover a few examples of new projects and innovative ideas in three Asian countries (India, China, Singapore). Speeches will be given by State Secretary Mauro Dell’Ambrogio, swissnex representatives and other experts. The entrance is free but the space is limited, to register, click here.

Report on Chinese and
Swiss Vocational/
Professional Education Landscape

As the first report compares the Vocational Education Training (VET)/Professional Education Training (PET) system between China and Switzerland, it aims to help the reader to understand the different characteristics of the both systems and serves as a reference for deeper discussions for future cooperation between the two countries in the field of VET/PET. To download the report, click here.

First Chinese Alumni Gathering 

On 21 February, we had our first Chinese Alumni Gathering in Shanghai. Surprisingly we had more than 30 returnees in the event, some of them said that they never though they could connect with the others after years of graduation... and the common memory they are sharing is the beauty of the Alps and the lakes in the city. Read the Chinese blog post here. If you also work in Shanghai and happen to be a Chinese returnee, email us!

First Escalade Celebration in Shanghai

On the evening of 12 December, 2013, in restaurant "Geneva", almost 200 friends attended the celebration of one of the oldest and most known traditional festival in the French part of Switzerland - L'Escalade, with their own costumes and tons of fun. This is our first time to celebrate it in Shanghai, or even China. Read more

Envisioning Food Safety Solutions 2025

Even though many actors in the food safety landscape have showing strong commitment, food safety remains a big challenge in China. 30 experts participated in the workshop “Envisioning Food Safety Solutions 2025”, organized by swissnex China and Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, aiming to find new potential solutions to the food safety challenges in China. Read more

New Cooperation between Switzerland and China in Higher Education

From 13 to 21 January, Prof. Schwarzenegger, dean of the University of Zurich UZH Institute of Law and his colleague Prof. Huguenin, delegate for foreign relations, visited both Beijing and Shanghai for signing ceremonies at two of the most renowned law faculties in China. Read more

swissnex China Guangzhou staff update

Mr.Bodong Shi, Manager 
Sino-swissnex Center Guangdong, is going to be officially working in the Swiss Consulate General Guangzhou and continuing his work especially in projects linked to higher education, manufacturing and engineering between Switzerland and South China.

Future events within swissnex network

swissnex Boston: Silvia Gmür "A Hospital is a House For Man"
swissnex San Francisco: SOBA: Forecasting the Future
swissnex India: CERN Lectures in India 
swissnex Singapore: The Lean Start-up, an Entrepreneur's Event
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