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Switzerland among the global elite for research activities

by swisschambei in Culture & Society

In 2021, a total of just under 25 billion Swiss francs was invested in research and development in Switzerland. As measured by gross domestic product, at a global level Switzerland therefore ranks behind Israel, South Korea and the USA in terms of the intensity of its spending on research and development activities. In 2021, Switzerland spent a total of 24.6 billion Swiss francs on research and development (R&D) activities, further details of which can be found in a press release issued by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO). In comparison with the last survey in 2019, experts from the FSO have observed investment growth of +4 percent in this area.

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Switzerland Expects More Chinese Tourists

by swisschambei in Culture & Society

Switzerland is preparing to welcome Chinese tourists as it expects tourist arrivals from China to increase rapidly in the coming months, a senior official at Switzerland’s national tourism agency said. Simon Bosshart, chief markets officer East at Switzerland Tourism, said he is confident about the return of Chinese visitors following the lifting of pandemic restrictions. “China will become a very important market for Switzerland once again,” he said. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Chinese visitors were the highest tourist spenders in Switzerland, spending an average of 380 Swiss francs ($425) per person a day, according to Switzerland Tourism.

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Zurich retains top spot in Smart City Index 2023

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Zurich has topped the global IMD Smart City Index 2023 for the fourth consecutive time. The ranking uses diverse criteria to measure how smart a city is according to its citizens. Of the 141 cities surveyed, Lausanne scooped 5th and Geneva 9th place. The most striking result of this year’s analysis is that of the top 20 cities, 17 have been in the index since its inception. Of these 17 cities, six have shown either continuous improvement or stability from year to year. These so-called “super champions” are Zurich, Oslo, Singapore, Beijing, Seoul and Hong Kong.

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China, Switzerland cooperate to revive relics at unique museum

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On March 17, the batch of metal artifacts unearthed from Liye, restored by experts from the Chinese Academy of Cultural Heritage with funding from the Swiss Federal Office of Culture (FOC), were presented at the Liye Qin Slips Museum. That same day, the Movable Cultural Relics Institute of the Chinese Academy of Cultural Heritage – Liye Working Station was officially established, signifying that local cultural heritage conservation and research work has taken a new step forward. “We believe that cultural heritage belongs to all mankind. Most of Switzerland’s tangible cultural heritages are well preserved, and Switzerland will continue to promote the protection of cultural heritage in partner countries including China,” Swiss Ambassador to China Jürg Burri said during a visit to the exhibition of the restored artifacts.

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Chinese Astronaut Jing Haipeng Interacts with Sino-Swiss Students

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Chinese astronaut Jing Haipeng held an online exchange with university students from China and Switzerland on Thursday, as part of a Sino-Swiss space science meeting aiming to boost cooperation. Jing Haipeng, head of the Astronaut Corps and deputy director of China’s manned space program’s astronaut system, was the first Chinese astronaut to have undertaken three separate space missions in crewed spacecrafts Shenzhou 7, Shenzhou 9 and Shenzhou 11. Former Swiss astronaut Claude Nicollier have also shared his ideas in this meeting. Claude was the first Swiss astronaut to have flown on four space shuttle missions, including two servicing missions to the Hubble Space Telescope. The two shared their experience in space flight and talked about their understanding and feelings of space exploration, unveiling the mystery of space flight and cosmic exploration for the participants. They also shared their impressive missions and space experiments while interacting with Chinese and Swiss university students, inspiring and motivating young students to take passion in science, pursue their dreams and explore the unknown. The interaction was part of the Sino-Swiss space science and technology cooperation online meeting, which was co-sponsored by China science and technology exchange center and the Swiss museum of transport, and gathered more than 100 participants from universities, research institutions and exchange promotion agencies from both countries.

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Chinese Pianist Lang Lang Performs at Highest Railway Station in Europe

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Chinese pianist Lang Lang on Thursday gave a solo piano performance at Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe, an artistic endeavor to promote cultural exchanges between China and Europe by means of music. Surrounded by mountains and snow on the Jungfrau in central Switzerland, Lang Lang’s interpretation of “Love dream,” “Jasmine flower” and “Goldberg Variations” won warm applause from the audience. Noting that it is the first time he has played the piano on a snowy mountain, Lang Lang said that having the chance to play in a “fairytale-like” environment is a very special experience despite the low temperature on the snow-capped mountain, which is quite challenging for piano players. The song “Jasmine Flower” was specially chosen for this performance, he said, hoping to arouse the audience’s interest in learning more about the Chinese culture through the beauty of oriental music. A well-known scenic spot and snow sports resort, the Jungfrau is one of the main summits of the Bernese Alps at a height of 4,158 meters above sea level. In 2001, UNESCO listed the Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch as a World Heritage Site.

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Swiss Architecture Month Launched in Hebei Province to Focus on ‘Sustainability’ and ‘Art’

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A cultural forum on Swiss architecture and art kicked off at Aranya, a trendy artsy tourism-oriented community space in Qinhuangdao, North China’s Hebei Province, as the first chapter in space’s Swiss architecture month that is set to run until mid-August. Collaboratively organized by the Embassy of Switzerland in China and Juanzong Books, the forum invited four ingenious Chinese architects – able to play to their oriental cultural tastes through Western approaches – to share their projects that reflect on the topic of “sustainability,” a pivotal issue in architecture. Adopting rather abstract themes such as “sensitive mountains” and “passive architecture,” the forum discussion focused on how buildings are designed to fit into the mountainous geography commonly seen in both China and Switzerland. Three Chinese architects Liu Kenan, Zhuang Ziyu and Yu Dao engaged the audiences by deductively showing the thought processes behind their projects to allow them to understand how they balanced idealistic vision and well-calculated functionality in their designs.

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Giant Panda-themed Art Exhibition Held in Chengdu

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A giant panda-themed art exhibition kicked off at the Chengdu Giant Panda Research Base, amid the 45th International Museum Day and the reopening of China’s first international panda art center following almost eight months of closure because of the COVID-19 epidemic. Young artists from China and Switzerland were involved. The exhibition aims to demonstrate the cross-cultural and trans-regional communication of the giant panda culture, and to explore the diverse and fashionable artistic expression of young artists from different cultural backgrounds, so that young people in China and abroad can feel emotional resonance from cultural exchange activities. Works by three artists are being displayed in three exhibition halls and one multimedia hall. Five works by Antonio Wehrli from Switzerland are being displayed in the first hall, including oil paintings that took several months to be completed, one employee at the base told the Global Times.

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Swiss Creative Industries in the Spotlight at the Yangtze River Delta International Cultural Industries Expo

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The cultural industries have suffered greatly due to restrained social gathering since the Covid-19 outbreak. However, along with the challenges, the Covid-19 has also motivated the transformation of traditional cultural industries, and the digitization of cultural activities is becoming a new trend. To promote the recovery of cultural industries as well as to accelerate international cooperation, the Yangtze River Delta International Cultural Industries Expo (YRDICIE) opened as planned and adopted a hybrid format combining on-site and online exhibitions. This is the first time for Switzerland to present at the YRDICIE. Creative Hub Switzerland, together with swissnex China has organized a Swiss Pavilion at the “Overseas Elite Sections” of the Expo to showcase six Swiss startups from product design, esports, and art business. During the four-day exhibition, the startups not only introduced their product and concept through live broadcasting but also joined the online matchmaking sessions to better connect with the Chinese market.

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Chongqing Hospital Forges Agreement with Top Swiss Clinic

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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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