Swiss universities to showcase Swiss excellence in education at APAIE Conference

Media Release

Beijing 20 March 2015

Ten reputable universities from Switzerland and a Swiss diplomatic mission are set to attend the 10th Asia Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE) Annual Conference and Exhibition to be held in Beijing from March 23 to 26th. With a Swiss session scheduled during the conference and a Swiss higher education booth at the parallel education fair, the Swiss delegations will take part in various promotion events co-organized by swissnex China and the Science, Technology and Education Section at the Embassy of Switzerland in China. 

The Swiss delegation, consisting of representatives from well-known Swiss higher education institutions such as University of Bern, University of Geneva and Federal Institutes of Technology Zurich, will take the great opportunity to showcase the Swiss excellence in higher education, research, and innovation. A Swiss diplomatic mission, composed of Science and Technology counsellors in Beijing, Tokyo and Seoul, officials from swissnex China and swissnex Singapore, will also gather in Beijing to assist the institutions and to strengthen the ties with their Asian counterparts.

On March 25, swissnex China and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) will co-host a parallel session, during which Vice Consul General Pascal Marmier, executive director at swissnex China, Shanghai and Prof. Robert A. Buttery, head of the International Office at FHNW, will share the Swiss views on innovation and improving traditional ways of student and faculty exchanges for more valuable and useful experience.

Switzerland is internationally recognized as a country that values education and actively promotes innovation. More than half of Switzerland’s 12 academic universities rank top 200 in different international rankings. More than 20 Swiss citizens have won the Nobel Prize till this day, the highest rates of laureates per capita globally.

As a part of the higher education system, Switzerland’s dual-track system of Vocational and Professional Education and Training (VET/PET) is capable of training highly skilled personnel who contribute to the success of Switzerland’s world-leading industries. It is also one key factor that keeps youth unemployment at a very low level.

APAIE’s conference is of the most well-known forums for higher education in the Asia-Pacific Region and attracts more than 400 institutions from 50 countries. Policy-makers and education experts from around the world meet every year to enhance professional skills and exchange ideas on current developments in international education.

Press contact

Mrs. Chenchen Liu

Project Officer, Science and Technology Section, Embassy of Switzerland in China

Tel: +86 10 8532 8812

E-mail: chenchen.liu@nulleda.admin.ch