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Chongqing Hospital Forges Agreement with Top Swiss Clinic

by swisschambei in Culture & Society

Chungkin General Hospital in Liangjiang New Area, in Southwest China’s Chongqing municipality, recently signed an agreement with the prestigious Paracelsus Clinic of Switzerland, which officials said would help promote the medical cooperation between the two sides. Under the agreement, they will jointly establish expert workshops, become teaching hospitals for each other, establish diagnoses and treatment centers and arrange international medical exchange activities. A program of mutual visits will also be established for regular international exchanges and joint staff training, enabling local doctors to acquire internationally recognized skills. Co-established by the Second Affiliated Hospital of the Chongqing Medical University, Chungkin General Hospital covers an area nearly 19 hectares, is equipped with 1,000 beds and boasts top medical experts and over 30 departments. Switzerland’s Paracelsus Clinic, meanwhile, is an international bio-medical center renowned for its biomedicine and holistic medicine.

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CEIBS – China’s No.1 Business School – Breaks New Ground in Switzerland, Doubles Zurich Campus

by swisschambei in Culture & Society

The China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), one of the world’s top business schools, just made a quantum leap forward by inaugurating the expansion of its new Zurich Campus in Horgen and simultaneously celebrating the school’s 25th anniversary, thereby further cementing its position as a global leader in educating European and Chinese executives, business leaders and managers. Doubling the size of the new Zurich Campus and the inauguration of a second building marks a significant milestone in the global expansion of CEIBS. CEIBS fosters cross-cultural leadership and collaboration, boosts European and Asian entrepreneurship, and is taking executive education to the next level. CEIBS offers unique, in Europe and Asia accredited (EQUIS, AACSB), practical executive education and corporate programmes.

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Chinese-Owned Swissmetal Sold to Swiss Investors

by swisschambei in Culture & Society

The cash-strapped Baoshida Swissmetal company has been taken over by a group of Swiss investors six years after it was sold to a Chinese group. The newly-founded Swissmetal Industries, backed by two private investors, said it had acquired the firm, which employs about 160 people at two factories in the small towns of Dornach and Reconvilier. The near-bankrupt copper alloy manufacturer went into provisional receivership, but a plan for a debt-restructuring moratorium was delayed several times pending a legal case. The main creditor, the Chinese Development Bank, gave a EUR 15 million (CHF16.4 million) loan to Baoshida Swissmetal in 2016 and has accused the administrator of providing insufficient information about the financial situation of the manufacturer. In May, the Chinese Development Bank refused an offer of CHF 9 million by Swiss Team for the company. The Chinese chief executive of Baoshida Swissmetal was dismissed in 2018 and was given a suspended prison sentence by a Swiss court for unlawful business practices last year. On Tuesday, the new owners of Swissmetal announced plans to restructure the company in the near future and limit its production to one factory.

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Chinese University to Develop Brain Science with Blue Brain Project

by swisschambei in Culture & Society

A Chinese university signed an agreement with the team of the Blue Brain Project, an attempt by Swiss scientists to create synthetic brains, to conduct brain science research together. Southeast University in Nanjing, capital of east China’s Jiangsu Province, and the European team will jointly build a database of cranial nerves accessible to global brain scientists for research of brain neurons and related medicine development, according to the deal they inked. Sean Hill, member of the Blue Brain Project, said Southeast University, which is the first academic institute they have cooperated with in China, is well-equipped with the neuromorphic reconstruction technology they need. Researchers of both sides will try to realize large-scale reconstruction of brain neurons through technologies like machine vision and virtual reality in a bid to explore brain and brain-like intelligence, said Peng Hanchuan, a researcher with the university.

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Switzerland: ‘House of Switzerland’ to Tour China from 2021

by swisschambei in Culture & Society

From February 4th to 20th, 2022, the next Winter Olympic Games will take place in Beijing, followed by the Winter Paralympics from March 4th to 13th. To capitalize on the events, the Swiss Federal Council has decided in a recent meeting to promote Switzerland in China through this platform, according to the Swiss Embassy in China on May 1st. As part of a one-year campaign beginning in 2021, the House of Switzerland (HoS), which is a mobile exhibit of Swiss design, will travel to various cities across China to showcase the diversity of Switzerland with partners from business, tourism, science and culture. The campaign in China aims to further deepen bilateral ties. In order to maximize impact, the HoS will travel to several major cities in China in 2021 as part of an accompanying campaign titled “House of Switzerland on Tour” before it is set up for the Winter Olympic games in Beijing and Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province, where it will serve as a Swiss venue for activities such as medal celebrations, media conferences, receptions and other promotional activities. In collaboration with partners from the private and public sectors, HoS will serve as a communication and networking platform to showcase Switzerland’s economic and technological capabilities and promote Swiss companies in China, the country’s foremost trading partner in Asia.

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Swiss Schools Abroad are Considering Vocational Training

by swisscham in Culture & Society

The new Federal Law on the diffusion of Swiss vocational training abroad (LESE) gives the possibility to these institutions to extend the offer subsidized by the Confederation, creating then a curriculum of basic vocational training combining practical training in companies and theoretical teaching at school. The export of this learning model, which attracts more and more interest abroad, is a strategic priority for Switzerland in the framework of international cooperation formation. There are currently 17 Swiss schools located in Europe, Asia and Latin America with approximately 7,500 students including 1800 from Switzerland. As for the creation of new Swiss schools abroad, discussions are ongoing. In China for instance, an association has been founded for this purpose, says Derrick Widmer, President of educationsuisse. He estimates that Switzerland must act quickly, especially in developing countries. However, this initiative is not an easy undertaking in an area affected by strong competition from private international schools.

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Chopard Tops Word of Mouth Index for Luxury Watches in China

by swisscham in Culture & Society

The watch industry is more reliant on digital than ever before as Chinese consumers take to their phones to research their wristwear. Digital Luxury Group released a tool that measures brandsÕ traction on Chinese social media just in time for Swiss watch show Baselworld 2018. The rankings on DLGÕs ÒChina Word of Mouth IndexÓ are updated daily to reflect a watch brandÕs word-of-mouth performance on WeChat, Weibo, and Baidu. The score is calculated based on the percentage of posts about luxury watches that mention the brand. Chopard, ranked number one, took more than 16% of the Òshare of voiceÓ across the three platforms during the opening day of Baselworld. On WeChat alone, Rolex was ahead, with more than 25% of posts about luxury watches referencing the brand. Longines and Omega came second and third in the WeChat rankings, with 13% and 11% respectively. While social media plays a major factor in watch brand marketing in China, Swiss watchmakers are also seeing a major shift in the composition of traffic coming to their official websites. Chinese consumers have surpassed those from the United States as the largest group of visitors, making up 21% of the total traffic.

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Exhibition in Kunming on the Swiss engineer Otto Meister

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Presented from 29 October to 29 November at the Kunming Museum, this exhibition is entitled Days of a Swiss Pioneer in China. It traces the work of Mr. Otto Meister, who worked from 1903 to 1909 in the Yunnan part of the Yunnan Vietnam Railway, one of the most spectacular railway projects of the last century. She presents photos, private correspondence and other historical documents, fruit of collaboration between the authorities of Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province, and Mrs. Sylvia MEISTER, granddaughter of the engineer. This event also celebrates the 35th anniversary of the twinning between Zurich and Kunming.

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Chinese Vase Sells for 10,000 Times Estimate in Swiss Auction

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Two bidders competed to send a Chinese vase to a record CHF 5 million in Geneva. The pre-sale estimate for the piece was CHF 500 to 800.”Including the commission, the vase will cost the Asian buyer CHF 6.08 million (USD 6.1 million),” auctioneer Olivier Fichot told the AFP news agency. The auction house, Genve-Enchres, had listed the piece as a 23-inch tall vase with three blue dragons on a yellow background, possibly dating from the early 20th century yet with an 18th century Qianlong seal. The auctioneer said their estimate was conservative and that the piece was difficult to date accurately.

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Federer: Swiss ‘Cow’ Milks Applause After Winning Match In Shanghai

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Roger Federer calls the city his second home and the man fondly known as ‘Cow’ in China had his fans in a froth on his return to the Shanghai Masters.Ê Already hugely popular in China because of his easygoing personality and outstanding success, the Swiss legend had the crowd swooning once more following his victory on 11 October. Federer’s ‘Cow’ moniker stems from a Swiss tournament twice gifting him one of the animals. The first was Juliette in 2003, and then there was Desiree in 2013. The Chinese also consider his personality — they see him as gentle and mellow — to be similar to that of a cow. Shanghai has fond memories for Federer, who played here in 2002 when he first broke into the top ten. He also won the 2006 and 2007 Tennis Masters Cups and the 2014 Masters at the Qi Zhong Stadium. 11 October was Federer’s first match in the Chinese metropolis since 2015, and his supporters were determined to give him the warmest of welcomes.

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