Our Mission

swissnex’s goal is to promote Switzerland’s excellence as one of the world’s leading countries in the fields of innovation, research, technology and higher education, to connect academia and business and to facilitate cooperation between China and Switzerland.

Briefly said: promote – connect – facilitate.


Who We Are

swissnex China is an initiative of Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), managed in cooperation with the Department of Foreign Affairs. Working together with the Science, Education and Technology Section in the Embassy of Switzerland in China and regional consulates in Shanghai and Guangzhou, we connect Switzerland and China in science, education, art and innovation.

As public-private venture, we are part of a network of outposts in Bangalore, Boston, Shanghai, San Francisco and Rio de Janeiro. Along with individual science and technology counselors around the world, we work on behalf of Switzerland to expand education, research, and innovation. Vital financial support is provided by donors and sponsors sharing swissnex China’s commitment to connection the dots.


What We Do

swissnex is a network with nodes in the world’s most innovative hubs, where the future is being shaped. We take an active role in strengthening Switzerland’s leadership as a world-class location for science, education and innovation. Our core value lies in our ability to:

  • Strengthen Switzerland’s profile as a nation of leading-edge research, quality, innovation and openness
  • Connect scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs, policy-makers and thought leaders with inspiring peers and new ideas on either side of the globe
  • Facilitate academic programs, global innovation strategies, and knowledge exchange
  • Create and present transdisciplinary projects in imaginative ways
  • Network with relevant contacts at universities, research institutions, and companies to maintain a powerful web of worldwide knowledge
  • Support internationalization efforts of Swiss academic institutions
  • Share innovative achievements and emerging trends in the host country and in Switzerland
  • Inform on developments in science, technology, education and innovation process
  • Participate in our communities and interact with Swiss and local partners to bring added value


What We Offer

Creativity and curiosity are in our genes. In all that we do, we promote the sharing of ideas and emergence of synergies. We work with our stakeholders, partners, clients and audience to anticipate opportunities and provide a unique experience so that all the sides benefit and succeed.

Specific services vary by location, but swissnex China offers:

  • Exposure to new ideas and projects from Switzerland and China
  • Visibility for Swiss and Swiss-based research, science and art in the interface of technology
  • Support of international relations of Swiss universities
  • Networking opportunities with highly educated and technology-savvy peers
  • Targeted introductions and access to network of academic and business leaders
  • Workspace and infrastructure
  • Office community of open-minded thinkers with knowledge of current trends in both Switzerland and China
  • Open innovation and benchmarking
  • Transdisciplinary public and private events
  • Social media consulting and press outreach
  • Study tours and organized visits
  • Independent analysis


Learn more about the Advisory Board.