Our Mission


“Connecting the dots between Switzerland and China in education, research, and innovation.”

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 education, research and innovation.

Our mission is to support the outreach and active engagement of our partners in the global exchange of knowledge, ideas, and talent. By crossing conventional boundaries, we offer a platform to foster collaboration and creativity for inspiring research and ground-breaking innovation. Our activities are based on a collaborative approach, relying on public and private partnerships and funding.



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

About the network

swissnex is the Swiss global network connecting the dots in education, research, and innovation. Our mission is to support the outreach and active engagement of our partners in the international exchange of knowledge, ideas and talent.

The five swissnex locations (Bangalore, Boston, Shanghai, San Francisco, Rio de Janerio) and their outposts are established in the world’s most innovative hubs. Together with around twenty Science and Technology Offices (STO) and Counselors (STC) based in Swiss Embassies, they contribute to strengthening Switzerland’s profile as a world-leading innovation hotspot.

The core value of the swissnex network consists of:

  • connecting its partners to thriving innovation ecosystems worldwide,
  • advising on trends and opportunities in science, education and technology,
  • promoting the visibility of Swiss higher education and research institutions, start-ups and other innovation-driven partner organizations.
  • inspiring new ideas by promoting knowledge exchange with peers.