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swissnex China Newsletter September 2014
 
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This September, after many months of preparation, we were thrilled to see two of our largest projects become reality. Thanks to venturelab and key partners, we welcomed the venture leaders, the Swiss national team of 10 tech startups that worked around the clock to develop a winning China strategy and develop relationships with investors and business executives in Beijing and Shanghai. Meanwhile, Lift China was definitely a big hit which gathered 250 enthusiast innovators for interactive workshops under cutting edge topics ranging from biohacking, designing smart cities to gaming in virtual reality. Innovation, by nature, moves fast and we see a huge opportunity to explore how China is using new thinking to reinvent industries and its way of living. There are many opportunities for learning, collaboration and exchange, so we invite you to discover more through this newsletter.. and to contact us to carry on the discussion!

Collaborative Opportunities

Call for demonstrations and projects: Swiss Week 2015 
Application deadline: March 1st, 2015 
Next year again, the Swiss Week will be held in Huaihai Park during the month of May. We are currently looking for individuals and organizations that would be willing to represent the Swiss excellence through a certain project or demonstration that will be presented during the week. For more information concerning the Swiss Week and possibilities of sponsoring, please contact us directly at info@swissnexchina.org
 
Call for participants: APAIE 2015 in Beijing from March 23rd to 26th
swissnex China will collaborate with the Swiss Embassy in Beijing for a joint Swiss Higher Education booth at the APAIE. As participants, you will have unique networking opportunity with your Chinese partners and join an internal roundtable discussion. A Swiss Day is planning to be held on March 27th to highlight Swiss Higher Education at a top Chinese university (maybe Tsinghua). If you are interested, please contact Fabio Molo via fabio.molo@eda.admin.ch.


LIFT China - Make Innovation Happen

The Lift conferences have welcomed more than 15’000 participants from over 40 countries since 2006. As the first edition, Lift China provided an unique platform where the innovators and pioneers in Asia could meet and exchange with the Lift community. 15 speakers based in China, Switzerland, France, Taiwan, Japan and England offered an inspirational, actionable and interactive experience, with a mix of panel discussions, workshops, a Makers tour and an interactive design exhibition. Read more

Save the date: October 30th, 
All Alumni Gathering!

It's coming again! Save the date and come to enjoy the evening with your fellow alumni from all the Swiss universities. More info coming soon!
 

Don't miss this one - swissnex China launched a cool website!

Have you explored our new website? If not, check it out now! In addition, you could finally meet the swissnex China team in this video on Youtube or Youku.



Venture Leaders in China

The response from the local community was overwhelming - from the officials at Zhongguancun to the 300 participants who chose the best pitch among 28 startups, we discovered the vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem and its interest in collaborating with Swiss startups.
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Swiss Government Scholarship for Chinese Scholars

If you are Chinese postdoc or PhD student from China, now you can apply to spend one year in Switzerland upon invitation from a Swiss professor, with a scholarship up to 3,500 CHF per month! Spread the word to your research partners in China or people you know they are engaged in a Sino-Swiss research cooperation. Details here.

Excellent Swiss Design @West Bund 

On the occasion of the inaugural Westbund Art & Design Fair in Shanghai, Pro Helvetia Shanghai and Design Preis Switzerland are proud to present the exhibition “Excellent Swiss Design.” Curated by Michel Hueter, the exhibition features the work of five of Switzerland’s most exceptional designers.
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Visit of Summer School from the University of Basel, August 21st

After an introduction about swissnex China, the group received a presentation on Working in China by the Swiss Attorney-at-Law Denis F. Berger. Based in Shanghai for already three years, he could give the students valuable insights in cultural differences he experiences in his professional everyday life. Read more

August 1st: Celebration in Shanghai!

Over 140 guests came together to celebrate our beautiful country and enjoyed a festive summer evening on a nicely decorated rooftop. The atmosphere was very relaxed and friendly. Swiss and friends of Switzerland all got treated to a nice buffet with some traditional Chinese BBQ, as well as a broad selection of cool drinks.
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Shanghai Bioclouds: "Senior living in China - The new Challenge"

Last Shanghai BioClouds took place at swissnex China on September 17th. Over 30 people from different countries attended the event; there were consulate representatives and health care companies. Simon Pico gave a short introduction about Shanghai BioClouds.
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Business Workshop for HEC Lausanne Students

The activity of the afternoon, July 8th, was dedicated on the import of Swiss products like cenovis or Alp horn in China. In 20 minutes, the student had to draw up a strategy to sell these products in China and had also invented an advertising slogan. After that, each group showed its results in 5 minutes. Read more

Swiss Day at Fudan University

On June 16th, swissnex China and Fudan University co-organized the Swiss Day in its campus. We had the honor to have Prof. Thierry Courvoisier, astrophysicist at University of Geneva and President of the Swiss Academy of Sciences and Arts, and Prof. Kurt Wüthrich, 2002 Nobel Chemistry laureate, as our premium speakers. Read more

News from the South

In 2014 the MSE-China Module, organized by SUPSI and ZHAW, supported by swissnex China, was conducted already for the 6th time. 32 MSE master students, including also two Chinese participants from Guangzhou (Canton) participated at the four-week-course including a stay in China.
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Future events within swissnex network

Intern Update:
Elsa Bouzaglo

When I discovered Shanghai for the first time in September 2013, I knew I would come back soon. The magic of this city left its mark on my life. So, after having lived a tourist life for 10 days in Shanghai, I wanted to discover China through a working life. swissnex China gave me the possibility to realize this dream... Read more

New Intern:
Isabel Bolliger

Isabel, a graduate in Slavonic Studies, Public Law and Political Sciences from the University of Zurich (UZH), will spend 6 months at swissnex China as an Academic Intern. She will work on several swissnex China projects and represent the UZH on different events, as well as support the local UZH-Alumni chapter.

New Intern:
Nicky Shi

Nicky is a senior student major in Visual Communication Design from Tongji University. She will be in the swissnex China team for four months as a designer. She is in charge of the visual and design works for different events and projects throughout the end of the year.

New Intern:
Julien Poncet

Julien has been living in China for 3 years and is bachelor student in International Trade from Donghua University in Shanghai. He will join swissnex China for a 6-month internship during his last semester of study. He will support the team and work on various kinds of projects and events.

New Intern:
Dennis Wang

Dennis is currently working on his master’s degree in Translation from Shanghai International Studies University (SISU). He has joined swissnex China as an academic intern since July 2014 for a 4-month internship. He assists the team in translation, social media, project preparation and execution.

Intern Farewell:
Maad Osta

The international and intercultural aspect of the city made it a very pleasant place to live in... The possibility of moving from what I call “real china” to a more international city is what I most liked in Shanghai. However, living 5 months in China was not enough to understand its culture... Read more
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