swissnex China Newsletter June 2014
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We are pleased to share with you some recent news and upcoming events from across China. The pace of development in our fields of interest has not slowed down in recent months. You might have seen our report about the groundbreaking changes coming up in the field of vocational and professional training. We will continue to follow closely the issue as the country starts adapting its educational system with inspiration from European countries having expertise in apprenticeship and higher education with a practical focus. In parallel, there has also been a lot of action in MOOCs with various initiatives from universities and private companies. Suddenly everyone seems to be interested in developing an online platform for education. We also published a report on this field and held a very successful event. 
With spring, we saw more visitors here and we were busy bringing them to meet their future partners. We can look back to some excellent discussion with our partners such as ETH, UZH, ZHAW and Vaud. On the innovation side, we continue working on developing programs for the fall! 
As usual we welcome your feedback and ideas!

Collaborative Opportunities

Call for projects: Lift Conference in China, September 2014 

Known for its innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, the Lift Conference is coming to Shanghai on 10th September. In partnership with swissnex China, the Lift China conferences will be led by Thomas Landrain, founder of La Paillasse, one of the world's largest Do-it-yourself Biology Labs in Paris, and by David Li, co-founder of XinCheJian, Shanghai’s first maker space and co-founder of the think tank Hacked Matter, and many other inspiring speakers.  Also, there will be Venture Leaders and Startups competition with Swiss and Chinese tech startups. 
The conference is looking for interesting workshops, creative makers and interactive design exhibition. For more details, please check here.


One-week Academic Expedition in China

If you are Swiss university or university of applied sciences and interested in building relationships and exploring potential with Chinese universities, swissnex China is offering an opportunity of one-week academic expedition. From 27th - 31st October, you have the chance to meet your peers at various universities such as Fudan University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Furthermore Alumni Events and workshops on Higher Education in China can be held. A similar program can be organized in Beijing or South China. If you are interested, please contact:, Ms. Linda Lou, Project Leader Academic Affairs

News & Updates

UPCOMING: Swiss Day in Chinese Universities - 16th June @Fudan University, Shanghai

Fudan is an excellent university in both social science and natural sciences in comprehensive fields and thus one of the most interesting sources of potential students to fill various levels of study positions in Switzerland.  The highlight of the event will be the lecture from Prof. Thierry Courvoisier, astrophysicist at University of Geneva and President of the Swiss Academy of Sciences and Arts.  The Consul General of Switzerland in Shanghai, Mr. Heinrich Schellenberg will also present his welcome greetings on the occasion of the event. See the full program and register here.

swissnex China
Annual Report 2013

2013 has been a very fruitful year for us and we are amazed by the number of events, activities and programs we organized. The ones presented in our annual report 2013 are definitely worthy to be remembered. Moreover, you can check this multimedia timeline to discover the highlights las year.

Swiss Week 2014, 28th May - 2nd June 

After the official opening ceremony on May 28, 2014, the Swiss Week exhibition opened its doors for the public until June 2, 2014. swissnex China was present at the “Institution Booth”, together with the Consulate General of Switzerland, Swiss Business Hub, Swiss Chamber of Commerce, and with the kind  support of Switzerland Tourism and Swiss Learning. 

CrosStars, the latest Sino-Swiss Platform

CrosStars is a Sino-Swiss platform which brings together talents and young leaders from both countries. Join us and share it to your peers!

香港/Hong Kong — the Asian tech hub?

Luca Delacretaz, our scout in Hong Kong, wrote a report about why Swiss startups should consider this world financial center as a potential launching platform for their business and how entrepreneurship is strongly supported by the local government.
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Young Swiss in China

Young Swiss in China is a newly created association with the purpose to gather all young Swiss living in China. If you are interested, please contact at

UPCOMING: SSZEIP Opening Celebration Days, 2nd July

Completion of construction of the Sino-Swiss Innovation Centre will be celebrated on July 2 - 5, 2014 with a range of open day activities. For the official ceremony (only July 2) 300-500 invited guests from governments, business and media will attend the festivities honored with the presence of the Swiss Secretary of State Mrs. Ineichen-Fleisch and the Chinese Vice-Minister of Commerce (tbc).

Swiss Day of Tongji, 23rd May 

The “Swiss Day in Chinese Universities” tour is aiming to promote the excellence of Swiss higher education, technology and innovation to China’s young future leaders. Tongji University has been chosen as the first stop of this tour because the cooperation it has established with Swiss universities, such as ETH, EPFL, Bern University of Arts and many others, has stepped into a higher level during the past two years. Read more

Building bridges between Schaffhausen and China

The Canton of Schaffhausen is the most northern region of Switzerland and known for its wine culture, a historic old town and the impressive Rhine Falls. Over 70 friends of Switzerland visited a special networking event at the swissnex China office on April 10th. It was focused on the Swiss Canton of Schaffhausen and its connections to China, organized in close collaboration with the Swiss Consulate General.
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First Gathering of University of Lausanne Alumni Shanghai Group

We are happy to inform you that the ALUMNIL Shanghai group has been officially launched in the swissnex China office on April 8. This launch event was held in a relaxed and cosy atmosphere. Fifteen alumni from the University of Lausanne gathered, including some exchange students.
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A Scientific Breakfast on Digital Education

Mr. Renaud Edouard-Baraud, Director of L’Atelier affiliate to the BNP Paribas Group was our guest speaker for this edition of the Scientific Breakfast. During his presentation, he highlighted the role of a teacher before and after the digital era, particularly on how now students can challenge their professors by the easy access of knowledge offered in the internet. Read more

Start-Up Wuhan at swissnex China

The voice of our young and creative guests was impressive indeed, however being an entrepreneur and an innovator is never an easy job.  On May 13th, swissnex China hosted a group of young innovators from Wuhan - winners of the first Start-up Wuhan Social Innovation Week and the team of, the key organization behind the whole project. Read more

swissnex China Guangzhou Friendship Day

The Consulate General of Switzerland in Guangzhou, together with Swissnex China, Switzerland Global Enterprise Beijing, Switzerland Tourism Beijing/Hong Kong organised a Swiss Day to celebrate Swiss-Chinese Friendship Day in Guangzhou.

Future events within swissnex network

Intern Update:
Niklaus Waldvogel

After six intensive months at the Shanghai office of swissnex, Niklaus left China and moved back to Switzerland. During his internship he worked on several swissnex China projects, represented the University of Zurich UZH on many events and supported the local UZH-Alumni chapter. Read his farewell

New Intern:
Liliane Gonzalez

Liliane, a graduate in Life Science and Technologies from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), will spend 6 months at swissnex China as a scientific collaborator.
She will be working on several projects related to neurosciences, translational medicine as well as helping to develop the EPFL Alumni network in China.

New Intern:
Maad Osta

Maad is a master student in Energy Management and Sustainability from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL). He has joined swissnex China for a 5-month internship where he will support different kinds of projects while doing his master thesis. His research will be focused on the topic of Smart Builiding in China.
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