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Job Announcement – Swiss Center Shanghai – Trade Officer

Swiss Center Shanghai
SCS Machinery, Trading and Business Center

Job position: Trade Specialist

Job description

The role of the Trade Specialist will be to consult advice and support the Swiss company with the import and export procedures. The Swiss Center holds the appropriate import/export license and provides ready-to-use bounded and non-bounded warehouse.

Location: Shanghai, Shanghai (Pilot Free Trade Zone), Waigaoqiao, Fute East Road n°526.

Main role:

The Swiss Center Shanghai, SCS Machinery, Trading and Business Center (SCS) is located in the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone and covers 4000sqm facilities with office, showroom and bonded – non bounded warehouse space. SCS supports Swiss companies to enter into the Chinese market with providing them concrete solution and network. SCS was found in 2000 and is today one of the biggest cluster of Swiss companies in Asia and has supported over 250SMEs in the last 15 years.

The new position at SCS is dedicated to the import/export service. The SCS Trade Officer will be responsible of SCS members and non-member who require support in the above procedures. Her/His role will be to prepare customs documentation and ensure that shipments meet all applicable laws to facilitate the import and export of goods. She/He will determine, track duties, taxes payable and process payments on behalf of client. She/He will sign documents under a power of attorney and represent clients in meetings with customs officials and apply for duty refunds and tariff reclassifications. She/He will also coordinate with logistic partners on the transportation and storage of the goods.

The applicant will consult SCS member in identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing the needs, providing guidance and expert advice to them. As a representative of SCS in terms of import/export procedure, establishing and maintaining interpersonal relationships, developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time will be essential and decisive.

On a daily basis, the SCS Trade Officer will make decisions and solve all challenges the procedure ensues. Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems will be the applicant key asset.

Main tasks:

  • Consult Swiss Center customers and provide import/export solution to them
  • Advise customers on import and export restrictions, tariff systems, insurance requirements, quotas, or other customs-related matters
  • Prepare and process import and export documentation according to customs regulations, laws, or procedures
  • Pay, or arrange for payment of, taxes and duties on shipments
  • Sign documents on behalf of clients, using powers of attorney
  • Clear goods through customs and to their destinations for clients
  • Calculate duty and tariff payments owed on shipments
  • Stay abreast of changes in import or export laws or regulations by reading current literature, attending meetings or conferences, or conferring with colleagues
  • Request or compile necessary import documentation, such as customs invoices, certificates of origin, and cargo-control documents
  • Monitor or trace the location of goods
  • Confer with officials in various agencies to facilitate clearance of goods through customs and quarantine
  • Post bonds for the products being imported or assist clients in obtaining bonds
  • Quote duty and tax rates on goods to be imported, based on tariffs and excise taxes
  • Obtain line releases for frequent shippers of low-risk commodities, high-volume entries, or multiple-container loads
  • Arrange for transportation, warehousing, or product distribution of imported or exported products
  • Inform importers and exporters of steps to reduce duties and taxes
  • Contract with freight forwarders for destination services
  • Maintain relationships with customs brokers in other ports to expedite clearing of cargo
  • Apply for tariff concessions or for duty drawbacks and other refunds
  • Provide advice on transportation options, types of carriers, or shipping routes
  • Prepare papers for shippers to appeal duty charges
  • Suggest best methods of packaging or labeling products
  • Insure cargo against loss, damage, or pilferage
  • Develop and nurture relation with contacts outside the Swiss Center, represent the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources
  • Inform and train SCS colleagues on import/export procedure

Required Skills:

  • University degree or equivalent in Import/Export Management
  • Native language Chinese, Proficiency in English
  • Minimum 5 years experiences as a professional agent broker
  • Experience in the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone is a plus
  • Strong analytical, communication and negotiation skills
  • Initiative and solution oriented personality
  • Able to work on the standard and technical software link with the import/export and logistic solution
  • Accurate and precise work
  • Comfortable dealing with foreigner

Person of contact: Emmanuelle Roduit, +86 139 1686 3284

Email address: emmanuelle.roduit@nullswisscenters.org

Marketing – 6 month internship (starting from now)

Swiss Center Shanghai is looking for a Marketing/administrative intern in our Waigaoqiao office.

The successful candidate will be responsible for contributing to monitoring and posting on wechat and social networks, participating in online outreach and promotion, optimizing our website. Those looking to gain valuable online media experience with a growing organization are encouraged to apply.

Interested applicants are kindly invited to send their CV to emmanuelle.roduit@nullswisscenters.org

For more information, please visit our official website: http://www.swisscenters.org/

1. Job Description

  • Support in SCS online marketing development
  • Monitoring and posting on wechat and social networks
  • Support in preparation of marketing materials and company documents
  • Support in organization of events, delegation programs and receiving visitors
  • Maintain SCS contact database including business card inputs and updates
  • Support in Administration tasks (administrative paperwork, contacts with local bureaus, gathering information, official letters, translations, office facilities management, etc.)

2. Candidate Profile 

  2.1. Personal Attribute

  • Pro-active, creative and solution oriented
  • Service and result oriented
  • Very well organized and independent
  •  Naturally likes to build up networks and relations
  • Identifies with and recognizes the need for the organization’s vision and strategy
  • Reliable, responsible, loyal, honest and straightforward

   2.2 Skills

  • Excellent writing skills in English
  • Event organization, Marketing, and PR
  • Computer Skills with Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook) and Web tools (social media)

   2.3 Requirements

  • Undergraduate in Marketing, PR, Journalism, Economics or English.
  • Experience in marketing/promotion, event organization, or media and press relations

Call for Innovation Partnership Grants with China, Japan, South Korea and the ASEAN region

In its function as the Swiss Leading House for Asia, ETH Zurich is happy to announce the launch of a new call for Innovation Partnership Grants. The grants will support the establishment of cooperation between Swiss researchers from universities, universities of applied sciences or public research institutes with non-academic innovation agents in China (including Hong Kong and Taiwan), Japan, South Korea and member states of ASEAN. These agents can be corporates, SMEs or start-ups, innovation parks or similar entities with a focus on applied sciences or technical development. The goal of the innovation partnership grants is to initiate long-term partnerships with mutually beneficial concrete outcomes. The respective guidelines and application form are attached and can also be found on their website here, or check out the following document Call_Document_Innovation_Partnership_Grants 122017__final

The call is open to all scientific disciplines including social sciences and humanities and to researchers from all Swiss universities, universities of applied sciences and research institutes.

Deadline for applications is 28 February 2018.

 

 

Blockchain in Fintech, the successful launch of the Future of Money series in Hong Kong and Shanghai by swissnex China

By Martin Stürchler, Junior Project Leader

In case you have not heard of the blockchain technology, blockchain gives the internet user the possibility to transfer a piece of digital property to another internet user. The Blockchain guarantees the transfer to be safe and secure. Due to the fact that the blockchain is transparent everyone knows that the transfer has taken place and nobody can challenge the legitimacy of the transfer.

Switzerland as a leader in innovation and with crypto valley Zug on the rise in the Blockchain scene has gained curiosity around the world including China.

 

On November 20 & 21, swissnex China successfully launched its first “Future of Money” series’ event themed “Blockchain in Fintech” with a great exceptional panel of Swiss and Chinese Blockchain & Fintech experts. The topics that have been discussed are the revolutionizing technology of Blockchain in Fintech and the future outlook of how cryptocurrencies and distributed ledger have the potential to affect different industries and shape the world of tomorrow.

The panel was moderated by the FinTech expert Zennon Kapron, Director of Kapron ASIA. In the panel seven Blockchain experts joined: Da HongFei, Founder of NEO the largest Blockchain project in China, gave interesting insights how digital identity can digitalize assets, to automate the management of digital assets using smart contracts aiming to create a “smart economy”. Furthermore from Hong Kong we welcomed Arthur Hayes, CEO of BitMEX who explained the next generation of Bitcoin derivates. Ms. Qijun Wang a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of crypto asset management startup Queschain representing the voice for women in the industry. Last but not least we had Mr. Rong Chen, co-founder of Elastos Foundation who works on a smart-web powered by Blockchain,  and Mr. Jason Inch who shared with us his most recent insights of his book “China 4.0” and his latest Blockchain project Genaro.

 

Switzerland was represented by Dr. Thomas Bocek, Head of P2P and distributed systems CSG of the University of Zurich and Manuel Stagars, movie maker of the documentary “Blockchain and Us”. Mr. Bocek gave the audience a taste of the technological background on peer-to-peer, distributed systems, including Bitcoins and Blockchain. On the other hand Mr. Stagars, due to his documentary movie and many interviews with key players in Switzerland, shared interesting

insights of the Swiss Fintech landscape and its opportunities and challenges for the Blockchain technology.

Many interesting questions were discussed during the two events: Is Blockchain technology a game changer? Which industries will the Blockchain in particular influence? Is Switzerland going to play a key player in this Fintech industry? How long does it takes for mass adoption? What are the opportunities and threats of Blockchain technology?

The panelists actively replied to questions throughout the conference. The conclusion was that blockchain technology is still at the beginning of a revolution, which will have the power to change our everyday life.

 

Testimonials

“I have to say this has been one of the greatest events I have had and I appreciate the invite from swissnex and the opportunity to share the stage to learn from my fellow panelists so much.” Ms. QJ (Qijun) Wang – CEO and Founder, Queschain Capital

“swissnex Future of Money event, industry sharing is comprehensive, audience is great, Q&A communication is fantastic.” Johnson Zhao Chen – Head of Business Development and Operations at NEO 

“The event was great. For the future, let us plan some Fintech events together, I think that would work great.” Johan Uddman – General Manager & Investor at JadeValue Fintech

“First of all thank you for this great event! It was impressed about the organization and the event itself. Keep going!” Celina Eisenring – Consulate General of Switzerland in Shanghai

“Many thanks for putting on a great event and fantastic to meet you all.” Manuel Stagars – Founder of Blockchain & Us

“Thanks for the superb organization!” Dr. Thomas Bocek – Head of P2P and distributed systems at the CSG of the University of Zurich

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To get more information please find the detailed list of the panelist below:

Dr. Thomas Bocek, Head of P2P and distributed systems at the CSG of the University of Zurich, Dr. Thomas Bocek is mainly interested in communication systems and networks, especially focusing on peer-to-peer, distributed systems, including Bitcoins and blockchains. Thomas has published several papers on these topics and his PhD topic has a strong focus on Peer-to-Peer and distributed systems.

Manuel Stagars, Founder of Blockchain & Us, Manuel Stagars is an author, film director, economist, and serial entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in consulting and startups in Switzerland, the United States, Japan, and Singapore. His documentary films focus on technological innovations and their potential to improve the lives of people.

Qijun Wang, Founder and CEO of Queschain, Co-Founder of several blockchain startups, open-source blockchain projects such as MakerDAO, community education initiatives, and charity programs with a focus of connecting China and the rest of the world.

Da Hongfei, Founder of NEO & CEO of Onchain, Da Hongfei came across Bitcoin in 2011, and worked fulltime in the industry since 2013. In 2014, he founded NEO, a blockchain to register, transfer, and exchange digital assets, and led the startup to become the benchmark in the Chinese blockchain community.

Arthur Hayes, CEO of BitMEX, In January 2014, BitMEX – Bitcoin Mercantile Exchange was formed. BitMEX is a trading platform that gives retail investors access to the global financial markets using Bitcoin, the Blockchain, and financial derivatives. BitMEX through the use of Bitcoin as collateral, allows anyone anywhere to trade any type of financial asset.

Jason Inch, Serial Entrepreneur & Author of China 4.0, Jason is also an accomplished writer with several books about China’s economy. His most recent book is called China 4.0 and he is also the founder of the China Business Events meetup community.

Rong Chen, Co-Founder of Elastos Foundation, Rong believes that a smart-web powered by the blockchain technology is the future for Elastos to create the scarcity of digital contents. He established the Elastos Foundation with his partners in June of 2017.

 

 

 

Internship PR and Events at swissnex China in Shanghai

Starting        March 1, 2018 until August 31, 2018 / 6 months                                                         

Workload      100%

Located in    22F, Bldg. A, Far East International Plaza, 319 XianXia Road, Shanghai, China

swissnex China is the Swiss science and technology outpost in China. Our mission is to promote Swiss excellence in science, education and innovation. Our activities are built around a public/private partnership model with a group of leading partners such as Swiss Universities, and global organizations promoting innovation or education actively.

This internship offers you the following:  

  • Gain work experience in a highly dynamic environment, in an extremely lively region of this world
  • Connect with local startup scene and economic institutions in China and Switzerland
  • Develop networking and project management skills and extend your personal network

Your daily schedule will include interesting tasks such as event conception, planning and realization given the needs of ongoing activities and projects. You support the team by applying your proven event management and organization skills. In addition you help out with visiting delegations. You work closely together with the project leaders and actively contribute content in order to promote swissnex’ activities and events, such as during the 10th anniversary of swissnex China.

Requirements:

  • Swiss or Chinese passport holder (CN/CH citizenship only)
  • You study in a Swiss or Chinese University (or University of Applied Sciences) and your Bachelor’s or Master’s degree is not older than 1 year at the beginning of the internship
  • You have gained experience in a similar environment in event organization and management
  • Your excellent skills in storytelling and writing allow you to create attractive blogs and postings for our community in China and abroad
  • Curiosity and interest in international and global affairs, emphasizing on China
  • Superior written and oral English language skills; bilingual in Chinese is a plus
  • Team-minded and cooperative, reliable, innovative and self-driven proactive attitude

General conditions

  • Please note that the conditions of employment are local, no expatriate contract
  • Personal costs and expenses, such as accommodation and traveling expenses are not being covered or reimbursed

Did we raise your interest? Then we look forward to hearing more about you!

Send your full application to this LINK until December 31, 2017!!

Your application must include the following documents:

  • Cover letter (letter of motivation) and CV
  • Copies of letters of reference, University diplomas, and Transcript of Records, as well as work certificates

We will reply to incoming applications after the deadline.

More details will be shared in the process of the recruitment.

Internship in Science at swissnex China in Shanghai

Starting       March 1, 2018 until August 31, 2018 / 6 months                                                         

Workload      100%

Located in    22F, Bldg. A, Far East International Plaza, 319 XianXia Road, Shanghai, China

swissnex China is the Swiss science and technology outpost in China. Our mission is to promote Swiss excellence in science, education and innovation. Our activities are built around a public/private partnership model with a group of leading partners such as Swiss Universities, and global organizations promoting innovation or education actively.

This internship offers you the following:  

  • Gain work experience in a highly dynamic environment, in an extremely lively region of this world
  • Connect with scientific, political, and economic institutions in China and Switzerland
  • Develop networking and project management skills and extend your personal network

You would work in close collaboration with the CEO of swissnex China. Your main task would be intelligence work such writing the bi-monthly science newsletters on Switzerland and potentially on Shanghai. Furthermore you would be assisting the CEO in project management on swissnex science diplomacy projects, and numerous delegation visits. You would also be involved in common events of swissnex China, and work on administrative and operational tasks.

Requirements:

  • You study in a Swiss University or University of Applied Sciences
  • Your degree (Master) is not older than one year at the beginning of the internship
  • Swiss or Chinese passport holder (CN/CH citizenship only)
  • Excellent writing skills, reliable and independent work style
  • Superior written and oral English language skills; further languages (especially Chinese) are a plus
  • Team-minded, cooperative and self-driven, proactive attitude
  • Curiosity and interest in international and global affairs, emphasizing on China

General conditions

  • Please note that the conditions of employment are local, no expatriate contract
  • Personal costs and expenses, such as accommodation and traveling expenses are not being covered or reimbursed

Did we raise your interest? Then we look forward to hearing more about you!

Send your full application to this LINK until December 31, 2017!!

Your application must include the following documents:

  • Cover letter (letter of motivation) and CV
  • Copies of letters of reference, University diplomas, and Transcript of Records, as well as work certificates

We will reply to incoming applications after the deadline. More details will be shared in the process of the recruitment.

 

Internship Innovation and Entrepreneurship at swissnex China in Shanghai

Starting       March 1, 2018 until August 31, 2018 / 6 months                                                         

Workload      100%

Located in    22F, Bldg. A, Far East International Plaza, 319 XianXia Road, Shanghai, China

swissnex China is the Swiss science and technology outpost in China. Our mission is to promote Swiss excellence in science, education and innovation. Our activities are built around a public/private partnership model with a group of leading partners such as Swiss Universities, and global organizations promoting innovation or education actively.

This internship offers you the following:  

  • Gain work experience in a highly dynamic environment, in an extremely lively region of this world
  • Connect with local startup scene and economic institutions in China and Switzerland
  • Develop networking and project management skills and extend your personal network

Your daily schedule will furthermore include interesting tasks such as active research on the local startup scene for visiting Swiss startups (CTI China Entry Camp / Venture Leaders China Tour), support of the organization of visiting delegations and events, reporting and storytelling on the corresponding activities and on latest developments and trends. Bringing in creative ideas and your support to the team are much appreciated.

Requirements:

  • Swiss or Chinese passport holder (CN/CH citizenship only)
  • You study in a Swiss or Chinese University (or University of Applied Sciences) and your Bachelor’s or Master’s degree is not older than 1 year at the beginning of the internship
  • You have gained experience in a similar working environment
  • Curiosity and interest in international and global affairs, emphasizing on China
  • Special interest about latest tech developments, and knowledge about the startup scene in Switzerland and China are highly preferred
  • Superior written and oral English language skills; further languages (especially Chinese) are a plus
  • Team-minded and cooperative, reliable, innovative and self-driven, proactive mindset

General conditions

  • Please note that the conditions of employment are local, no expatriate contract
  • Personal costs and expenses, such as accommodation and traveling expenses are not being covered or reimbursed

Did we raise your interest? Then we look forward to hearing more about you!

Send your full application to this LINK until December 31, 2017!!

Your application must include the following documents:

  • Cover letter (letter of motivation) and CV
  • Copies of letters of reference, University diplomas, and Transcript of Records, as well as work certificates

We will reply to incoming applications after the deadline. More details will be shared in the process of the recruitment.

Internship Academic Relations at swissnex China in Shanghai

Starting       March 1, 2018 until August 31, 2018 / 6 months                                                         

Workload      80%-100% (Full time highly preferred)

Located in    22F, Bldg. A, Far East International Plaza, 319 XianXia Road, Shanghai, China

swissnex China is the Swiss science and technology outpost in China. Our mission is to promote Swiss excellence in science, education (and innovation). Our activities are built around a public/private partnership model with a group of leading partners such as Swiss Universities, and global organizations promoting innovation or education actively.

This internship offers you the following:  

  • Gain work experience in a highly dynamic environment, in an extremely lively region of this world
  • Connect with educational, scientific, political, and economic institutions in China and Switzerland
  • Develop networking and project management skills and extend your personal network

Furthermore your daily schedule includes interesting tasks such as to conduct various research on projects on Chinese higher education and innovation, coordination of delegation visits and events, closely communication with Swiss and Chinese higher educational institutions including universities, researchers and individuals. Bringing in creative ideas and your support to the team are much appreciated.

Requirements:

  • Swiss or Chinese passport holder
  • You study Economics, International Relations, Public Administration, Translation or Interpretation in either a Swiss University or Chinese University
  • Your Bachelor’s or Master’s degree is not older than 1 year at the beginning of the internship
  • You have gained experience in a similar working environment
  • Great expertise in researches, reports and events organization
  • Excellent writing skills, and knowledge of the Chinese social media landscape
  • Superior written and oral English language skills; bilingual in Chinese preferred
  • Team-minded, cooperative, reliable and self-driven, proactive attitude
  • Curiosity and interest in international and global affairs, emphasizing on China

General conditions

  • Please note that the conditions of employment are local, no expatriate contract
  • Personal costs and expenses, such as accommodation and traveling expenses are not being covered or reimbursed

Did we raise your interest? Then we look forward to hearing more about you!

Send your full application to this LINK until December 31, 2017!!

Your application must include the following documents:

  • Cover letter (letter of motivation) and CV
  • Copies of letters of reference, University diplomas, and Transcript of Records, as well as work certificates

We will reply to incoming applications after the deadline. More details will be shared in the process of the recruitment.

Operations Manager

Starting       January 1, 2018, or according to availability                                                              

Workload      50 – 100%

Located in    22F, Bldg. A, Far East International Plaza, 319 Xianxia Road, Shanghai, China

swissnex China is the Swiss science consulate for China. Our mission is to promote Switzerland’s excellence in science, education and innovation. Our activities are built around a public/private partnership model with a group of leading partners such as Swiss universities, research institutes, and global organizations promoting innovation or education actively.

We are looking for a service oriented and dedicated colleague who will run operations with a pragmatic approach, and good social competence and understanding about working in an international dynamic environment. You like to have things organized, and you have a strong readiness for support.

The tasks typically include:

  • Project controlling: Manage project, mandate and agreement overview, control and collect project inquiries (incl. budget and monthly reports, on request) such as activities/events/delegations and annual planning.
  • Accounting: Accounting skills; oversea project requests/budgeting along guidelines; data collection; pro-active improvements
  • HR: job descriptions, regulations etc. (admin), vacation and overtime balance for staff/interns (overview, treat request)
  • Liaison: Liaise with other local partnering institutions (Consulate General, Swiss Cham, etc.), organization of lectures and events, and administrative works, support team.

Requirements:

  • Swiss passport holder (CH citizenship only)
  • You completed your Master studies in a Swiss University or University of Applied Sciences
  • Proven working experience in project and event management; pro-active; result-oriented
  • Excellent conversation skills (oral/written) in English, and one national language
  • Language skills in Chinese are a plus
  • Experience in accounting and controlling, and monitoring
  • Diligence and operational readiness

As proactive team player you support your colleagues whenever you can. You work in a collaborative way and appreciate diversity in a team. A high level of flexibility and great “people skills” would be beneficial.

We offer a work place which allows you grow your professional skills and interest, and gain experience in a multicultural and fast-paced environment. Benefits include remuneration according to given environmental conditions, and a mix of Swiss/Chinese official holidays, and a generous amount of vacation days.

Please note: the conditions of employment are local – no diplomatic status or benefits!

Your application must include the following documents (in PDF format):

  • Cover letter (letter of motivation) and CV
  • Letters of reference (work certificate from previous work experience)
  • University diplomas, Language test certificates

If you don’t submit all documents requested properly, your application will not be further processed.

Apply until December 1, 2017 / (DL 8:00pm Shanghai time) or earlier to this LINK

We will reply to incoming applications after the deadline, and share further information during the recruitment process.

What is the recipe of University of St.Gallen to make its continuous success?

The University of St.Gallen (HSG) was founded as a business academy in 1898 and is nowadays a School of Management, Economics, Law, Social Sciences and International Affairs. The practice-oriented approach and integrative view have characterized the education we offer since those early days.

In 2001, we introduced Bachelor’s and Master’s degree courses across the board and fundamentally reformed the education we offer. Since then, we no longer focus just on professional training but also on character building. At our university, you can complete studies at Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. level. The close integration of studies, further education and research is important to us.

Furthermore we have close to 200 international partner universities. Our students have the option to gain a double degree in cooperation with other universities or to spend an exchange term abroad.

Our close link to top corporates, but also our entrepreneurship center with a founders’ garage and incubator allows us not only to enrich the students experience but also to provide high-class career services and services for students engaged in startups. And our more than 30 research institutes provide an inspiring ecosystem for frontend research.

This is just a few reasons why we are in the fortunate position to be one of Europe’s leading business universities for education and research. Rankings, such as the Financial Times ranking, help to underline this position.

What mega-trends are you currently working on at the forefront?

“Strengthening strengths” is the motto of the University of St.Gallen when it comes to being perceived as one of Europe’s leading business universities in the future, too, and to advance to a top position in global research in selected fields. Therefore we launched in 2014 a Global Center for Customer Insight, which tries to understand purchasing decicisions and purchase behavior. And we founded a Global Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, which wants to cover the entire corporate cycle from start-up to business model development and innovation and corporate succession and corporate exit.

In order to meet the challenge oft he digitalization, the HSG is pursuing a strategy in several steps. In a pilot project, the certificate programme in Data Science Fundamentals for an initial 60 undergraduates has been launched in autumn 2017. From 2018/2019 onwards, four new chairs in the field of information science will secure complementary methodological competence (software, algorithms, databases, artificial intelligences) in research, as well as teaching capacities. From 2019, a new chair of Technology Studies will be established to deal with the social and cultural questions and consequences of digital change. In addition, we are considering to establish a major that combines IT with business. In its maximum configuration, the programme would extend to approx. 100 undergraduates and about 50 students at the Master’s Level. The establishment of a major with an additional four or five chairs will have to be assessed by politicians. If they should grant funds for the purpose, this might result in a separate School in the long term.

Currently, we are also working on a Joint Medical Master with the University of Zurich. The Bachelor’s programme started this autumn in Zurich and in 2020 40 students are expected to begin their Master’s programme in Medicine in St.Gallen. This would give us also access to the fields of life sciences and the growing healthcare market. Whether the new Master’s programme can be offered in St.Gallen will be decided by St.Gallen’s voting population in 2018.

Your university is very active in China with close collaborations in the academic world and vivid student exchanges. What are the highlights and how did this collaboration change the perception of China at the University of St.Gallen? How is University of St.Gallen perceived in China?

The University of St.Gallen since decades offers an intensive student exchange programme with top universities in China like Fudan, CEIBS, Bejing University or Tshingua. In addition, together with Tsinghua we are members of CEMS, a global network of leading business schools, that offers the CEMS MIM as a joint degree. There are various forms of cooperations also in the field of executive education. The university also has regular students from China. This year we had over 80.

Chinese students appreciate our links to the industry, the relevance of our courses and programmes and the research foundation of our teaching. But they also like the active student life and not to forget the beautiful environment of St.Gallen with its mountains and lakes as well as its location less than one hour from Zurich and two hours from Munich.

What is the reason for your current visit to Shanghai?

I had the honor to chair the peer review team for the EQUIS reaccreditation of the school of management of the Fudan University.

Do you have a message for the students in China?

It is impressive to see the speed of progress and change in China. Also how easy it has become to connect and to do business. I encourage all students to take advantage of this inspiring business climate and to learn about and in China.