Viewing posts categorised under: General Interest

The First Round-the-World Solar Flight Seeks Opportunities in China

by swisscham in General Interest

As well as chocolates, watches, and beautiful scenery, Switzerland is also a world power in research and innovation. Solar Impulse, the world first solar flight, is an excellent example. Carrying no fuel, the new single-seater Solar Impulse 2 aircraft is designed to make its first round-the-world flight in 2015; it plans to land in China as one of its stopovers and is seeking various cooperation opportunities in China. “I hope to bring this project to China,” said AndrŽ Borschberg, CEO, co-founder and pilot of Solar Impulse, at a press conference held in the Swiss Embassy in China on 24 April 2014. “China is so dynamic and so open, and is always looking for new opportunities for suitable development,” Dr. Jean-Jacques de Dardel, Ambassador of Switzerland in China remarked. “I find it natural that Solar Impulse 2 will interest the Chinese public.” AndrŽ Borschberg explained the reasons why he plans to bring the project to China. His first aim is to see whether the Chinese government will be interested in the project. “The Chinese government has been very positive and very open to our requests so far,” Borschberg said, expressing his feelings about his contacts with Chinese government at this early stage.

Read more

First Gathering of University of Lausanne Alumni Shanghai Group

by swisscham in General Interest

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 cozy atmosphere. Fifteen alumni from the University of Lausanne gathered, including some exchange students. The goal of the evening was to present the ALUMNIL network and its board in Shanghai made up of three women working in Shanghai: Lucie Barone, Caroline Tran and Chen Chen. We also encouraged people to join the platform by showing them the opportunities that it offers. It has been created in 2011 in order to gather all UNIL graduates and exchanges students. Currently, this platform is used by more than 20Õ000 graduates from all around the world. Inside, one can find information related to events, publications or job opportunities. This really provides a perfect way to connect academics and professionals.

Read more

Linking Sustainable Agriculture and Fashion in China

by swisscham in General Interest

Hans Martin Galliker came to China 4 years ago with his visions of how to enact sustainable agriculture in China. These visions were influenced by Swiss agriculture and comparatively sustainable retailers. In this interview, he presents his projects and explains why Switzerland has to stay innovative. Hans Martin Galliker was born 1980 in BeromŸnster Lucerne and completed an apprenticeship as farmer. After his military service as cyclist he moved to Zurich and started to sell computers and later IBM data centers. In 2011 he started the successful urban organic fashion brand NEEMIC, along with other projects to enact his visions of sustainable agriculture as the foundation of a harmonious civil society.

Read more

Chinese Cities Take the Lead on Climate Change

by swisscham in General Interest

As hubs of economic activity, cities attract many people and are a melting pot of cultures. Worldwide, cities produce between 70-80% of global greenhouse gas emissions and consume up to 70% of energy. In China, urbanization is taking place at one of the fastest rates in the world. In order to reach the international target of less than 2 degrees global warming, cities must take the lead in climate-change mitigation. As a step toward this goal, five Chinese cities have joined the ÒLow-Carbon Cities ChinaÓ (LCCC) programme. The LCCC programme focuses on cities where 70% of Chinese people will live and consume 83% of ChinaÕs energy by 2030. The growth rate of ChinaÕs cities has been exceptional, increasing incomes and successfully reducing poverty, but contributing up to 70-80% of CO2 emissions in China. A Low Carbon Index System allows municipalities to apply a consistent and action-oriented management system within the municipality. The index is based on the Swiss ÒEnergiestadtÓ methodology and the European Energy Award.

Read more

China Moving Towards Dual Track Education System

by swisscham in General Interest

Embassy of Switzerland in China composed a report on Chinese dual track education system. Chinese Ministry of Education announced an upcoming education system reform which places vocational education at its heart. A dual track education system based on separate entrance test & admission system to tertiary level education will be established for students to decide at the age of 16. Transitional options are offered at both upper secondary level and at the tertiary level. Local universities (provincial / municipal level) are encouraged to reshape themselves into Universities of Applied Sciences to offer bachelor and professional master degree to students in VET track aiming for higher education. Vocational education is to be more integrated into local economy and industry, more engagement from private sector is expected. Government commits to further increase investment in vocational education which includes free VET education at upper secondary level and scholarship opportunities for oversea studies. Intergovernmental dialogue on vocational education policy is desired by the Ministry of Education and a dialogue mechanism has started with Germany and the Netherlands.

Read more

Awareness of Cyber Criminals: Hacked E-Mail Account Leads to Bank Fraud

by swisscham in General Interest

Whether you are running a small or large company, attacks from hackers can have a devastating effect on your business. An email address that is used for business purposes can be highly valuable for cyber criminals. The Swiss Business Hub China has recently witnessed a typical cyber-attack on the business of a Swiss SME. Since years this Swiss SME was purchasing goods from China. Its partner – a Chinese SME was using a Gmail account for daily business purposes. Both sides were satisfied with the cooperation and had trust in each other. The hacker used the Gmail account to communicate with all the partners of the Chinese company and requested money to be transferred to a new bank account opened at a new bank in England. Nowadays hackers are using more and more sophisticated methods to attack businesses and other organizations. The financial costs of being hacked can vary greatly, depending on the severity of the attack, the size of the company and other factors. The attack may also result in loss of important information, including client database. It needs to protect your company against a cyber-attack targeting your Chinese partner.

Read more

2014 Taiwan Scholarship Program and Huayu Enrichment Scholarships for Swiss Students

by swisscham in General Interest

Taiwan Scholarship Program was established to encourage outstanding international students to undertake degree programs in Taiwan. Two scholarships are to be offered to Swiss students under this program in 2014. The 2014 Ministry of Education Huayu Enrichment Scholarships (HES) Program is to encourage international students and individuals to undertake Mandarin Chinese language study in Taiwan, the Ministry of Education (MOE) of the Republic of China (Taiwan) established the Ministry of Education Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (HES) Program. 24 months of scholarships are available for Swiss students under the program 2014.

Read more

EdenHome Establishes a Partnership with Chinese Real Estate Portal SouFun

by swisscham in General Interest

Thanks to its new partnership with the Chinese leader SouFun, EdenHome makes the international real estate market accessible to 100 million users. The Chinese real estate portal SouFun has chosen EdenHome to make it easier for its users to invest in properties abroad. The Swiss start-up EdenHome, which specializes in the international distribution of properties, signed an agreement on the November 7 with SouFun in order to publish the listings of 42 partnering portals from across the world on the biggest Chinese site. By 2015, USD 114 billion are expected to be invested in properties overseas by the Chinese. The Swiss company EdenHome SA, which is owned by the founder of the real estate portal ImmoStreet.ch, Gérard Paratte, has just welcomed in its network the leading Chinese portal SouFun.

Read more

A Picture of Swiss Presence In Shanghai Before 1949

by swisscham in General Interest

In collaboration with Swissnex China, Swisscham, the Consulate General of Switzerland organized an event addressing the topic of Swiss Presence in Shanghai before 1949. The Keynote speakers in the evening were Ms. Bao Zhong from Shanghai Library and Dr. Daniel Nerlich from ETH Zurich. Ms. Zhong used plentiful historical material e.g. newspaper, manuscript, etc. to illustrate the life of Swiss residents in Shanghai before 1949. The first Swiss residents in Shanghai are traced back to 19th century. Most of they were settled in the French Concession and the international Settlement.  Before the founding of Swiss General Consulate in Shanghai in 1921, the Swiss Rifle Club, later the Swiss Club, was the most active Swiss organization in Shanghai since 1911. Dr. Daniel Nerlich is the deputy director of the Achieves of Contemporary History at ETH Zurich. He just completed his three-month sabbatical program at Swissnex. During the three months in China, his main project was to reiterate the path of Walter Bosshard from Xi’an to Ya’an.

Read more

Swiss Cultural Events in November (Shanghai)

by swisscham in General Interest

SwissCham, Swissnex and the Consulate General of Switzerland are delighted to invite you to look back, the time of an evening, at the early days of Swiss citizens in Shanghai and at their activities. Ms. Bao Zhong, librarian at Shanghai Library, will present the findings of her study about Swiss living in “Vieux Shanghai”, mainly based on the examination of press releases of that time. Thereafter, Mr. Daniel Nerlich will introduce you to the work of Walter Bosshard and offer you a glimpse of historical pictures and film sequences, partly unpublished until today. Swiss pioneer of modern photojournalism, Bosshard e.g. has been the first European, in 1938, to interview and film Mao Zedong in Yan’an. During a martial phase, with radical changes in Shanghai and in the whole country, he coined the notion of China in the West through his media coverage.

Read more

Your Swiss Business Platform in China

SwissCham China has roughly 600 company members. Our Chamber maintains a strong relationship with the Embassy of Switzerland, Swiss Global Enterprise, Swissnex and Switzerland Tourism. As the representative of the Swiss companies established in China, our goal is to help you to increase your business and visibility, especially amongst the Sino-Swiss business community.

Become A Member

Sign Up For Our Newsletter

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
November 9, 2020
Published By chinadaily.com.cn in Business
October 29, 2020
Published By montreuxjazzfestival.com in General Interest
October 27, 2020
Published By shine.cn in Engineering / Manufacturing
October 21, 2020
Published By globenewswire.com in Hospitality / Tourism / Retail
October 15, 2020
Published By givaudan.com in Bilateral Relations