Einstein Day

Come study with the Best & Brightest in Switzerland! Einstein Day serves as a gateway for students from top-tier Chinese universities to learn about the benefits of studying in Switzerland.

Event Details

Location

Zoom

Date

[Online] November 25, 18:00 - 19:30 (China) / 11:00 - 12:30 (Switzerland)

Cost

Free, RSVP required.

Einstein Day

Come Study with the Best and Brightest in Switzerland!

Einstein Day serves as a gateway for students from top-tier Chinese universities to learn more about the benefits of studying in Switzerland.

Come to Switzerland to study and boost your study and career opportunities at the highest level! In this Zoom webinar, you can will hear from vice presidents, provosts, deans and accomplished alumni of five top Swiss universities to get first-hand information about study programs and university choices in the country in the heart of Europe.

Switzerland has the world’s second best education system (universitas21 ranking) and is an excellent hub for top universities. Outstanding Swiss universities regularly rank globally among the top universities for science and technology. In addition, public research institutions such as the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and international organizations such as the United Nations have their headquarters in Switzerland. The academic landscape in Switzerland comprises twelve universities awarding doctorate degrees, as well as eight universities of applied science, which offer a more practice focused approach to studying.

 


Event Rundown

18:00-18:10 Introduction to the Education, Research and Innovation (ERI) System of Switzerland

  • Dr. Felix Moesner, Science Consul & CEO of swissnex China
18:10-18:45 Introduction to Leading Swiss Public Universities 

  • Prof. Dr. Jan Hesthaven, Incoming Vice President for Academic Affairs, EPFL
  • Prof. Dr. Detlef Günther, Vice President for Research and Corporate Relations, ETH Zurich
  • Prof. Dr. Stéphane Berthet, Vice-Rector, University of Geneva
  • Prof. Dr. Sebastian Hiller, Dean of Research, University of Basel
  • Prof. Dr. Harald Gall, Dean of Faculty of Business, Economics and Information, University of Zurich
18:45-19:00 Panel Discussion
19:00-19:15 Testimonials from Alumni

  • Prof. Dr. Lichun He, Professor, Wuhan Institute of Physics and Mathematics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences; Alumnus, University of Basel
  • Chuyao Peng, Founder and CEO, DeepMag; Alumnus, EPFL
  • Xueying Mao, Chief Representative, rqmicro AG China Rep Office; Alumna, ETH Zurich
  • Yi Zheng, Head of Office, Institute for Sustainable Development Goals of Tsinghua University (TUSDG); PhD Candidate, University of Geneva
  • Amy Weng, Investment Sales Management, Credit Suisse; Alumna, University of Zurich
19:15-19:30 Q&A

 


About the Speakers

University Representatives

Prof. Dr. Jan Hesthaven
Incoming Vice President for Academic Affairs, EPFL 

After receiving his PhD in 1995 from the Technical University of Denmark, Professor Hesthaven joined Brown University, USA where he became Professor of Applied Mathematics in 2005. In 2013 he joined EPFL as Chair of Computational Mathematics and Simulation Science and since 2017 as Dean of the School of Basic Sciences. His research interests focus on the development, analysis, and application of high-order accurate methods for the solution of complex time-dependent problems, often requiring high-performance computing. He has received several awards for both his research and his teaching and has published 4 monographs and more than 160 research papers. As of January 1, 2021, he will serve as Provost to EPFL with responsibility for all academic affairs at EPFL.

Prof. Dr. Detlef Günther
Vice President for Research and Corporate Relations, ETH Zurich

Detlef Günther obtained his Diploma degree in Chemistry (1987) and Dr. rer.nat. in Analytical Chemistry (1990) from the Martin-Luther- University Halle-Wittenberg (Germany). After carrying out postdoctoral studies in the Plant Biochemistry Institute in Halle (Germany), in the Earth Science Departments Memorial University Newfoundland (Canada) and ETH Zurich, he became Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemistry at ETH Zurich and became Full Professor in 2008 in the Department of Chemistry and Applied Sciences. Since 2015, he serves as Vice President for Research and Corporate Relations at ETH Zurich and is responsible for internal research funding and equipment, activities of platforms, IP, ieLabs and the spin-off activities as well as projects and contracts with industry.

Prof. Dr. Stéphane Berthet
Vice-Rector, University of Geneva 

Stéphane Berthet earned a doctorate in Astrophysics and Astronomy at the University of Geneva in 1991, and for 11 years contributed to shaping Switzerland’s research policies in various fields. Through the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation, he was responsible for representing Switzerland at numerous international research institutions such as the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Southern Observatory (ESO), and Euratom. He returned to UNIGE in 2003 as Secretary General, a position he held through October 2018 and then he has been named Vice-Rector as of 1 November 2018 Geneva in charge of International and Inter-institutional Relations.

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Hiller
Dean of Research, University of Basel

Sebastian Hiller obtained his PhD in Structural Biology in the group of Prof. Kurt Wüthrich at ETH Zurich in 2006. After postdoctoral research at Harvard Medical School, he joined the Biozentrum at the University of Basel as a Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Professor in 2010. Today, he is Associate Professor of Structural Biology and Biophysics and Dean of Research. His research aims at resolving molecular mechanisms at the atomic level, focusing on biophysical principles of chaperone function, mechanisms of outer membrane protein biogenesis, and bacterial cell signaling.

Prof. Dr. Harald Gall
Dean of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics, University of Zurich

Harald Gall is Dean of the Faculty of Business, Economics, and Informatics at the University of Zurich (UZH). Furthermore, he is professor of Software Engineering in the Department of Informatics at UZH. Prior to that, Harald Gall was Associate Professor at the Technical University of Vienna in the Distributed Systems Group (TUV), where he also got his PhD (Dr. techn.) and master’s degree (Dipl.-Ing.) in Informatics. His research interests are in software engineering with focus on software evolution, software architectures, software quality analysis, program families, cloud-based software engineering, IoT, and distributed and mobile software engineering. Harald Gall is probably best known for his work on software evolution analysis and mining software archives which he has worked on since 1997.

 Alumni Representatives

Prof. Dr. Lichun He
Professor, Wuhan Institute of Physics and Mathematics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences; Alumnus, University of Basel

Lichun He was awarded a Ph.D. fellowship from the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research in 2010 and received his doctor degree in 2014, supervised by Prof. Christiane Ritter on macromolecular interaction and assembly. During his postdoctoral period at Biozentrum, University of Basel, with Prof. Sebastian Hiller he resolved the mechanisms of chaperones interacting with folded client proteins. In 2018, he was appointed professor at the Wuhan Institute of Physics and Mathematics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Chuyao Peng
Founder and CEO, DeepMag; Alumnus, EPFL

Chuyao Peng, Founder and CEO of DeepMag Technology (深磁科技), listee of 2017 Forbes Under 30 China. He graduated with M.Sc. at EPFL and Bachelor at Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Following that, he got Ph.D. admission from the University of Oxford in Physics in 2014 but quitted the PhD to join a tech startup – Shanghai Superconductor Technology as the Founding Director of Marketing and Sales. In two years, he led to boost their revenue for 20 times and initiated the world’s first 600km/h high speed maglev train R&D project based on high temperature supercondcuting coil. Since 2017, he founded DeepMag Technology (Yunyee Tech as the subsidiary), backed by a top 3 angel investment firm in China, committed to bring the world’s most advanced maglev technology into all walks of our life.

Xueying Mao
Chief Representative, rqmicro AG China Rep Office; Alumna, ETH Zurich

Xueying Mao got her bachelor’s degree from Zhejiang University (Control Science and Engineering) in 2013 and master’s degree from ETH Zurich (Biomedical Engineering) in 2016. During her master’s program, Xueying did a 6-month internship at Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique (CSEM). After graduation, Xueying joined rqmicro AG, a Swiss startup/ETH spin-off. In 2017, Xueying made several business trips to China together with the founders’ team to get a first-hand feeling about the Chinese market and to find potential business opportunities. Starting from 2018, Xueying is based Shanghai, doing in-depth market research and business development in China. Xueying is now the Chief Representative of rqmicro AG China Office. Her daily job includes marketing and communication, while looking for potential business partners and investors in China.

Yi Zheng
Head of Office, Institute for Sustainable Development Goals of Tsinghua University (TUSDG); PhD Candidate, University of Geneva 

Yi Zheng is the Head of Office of the Institute for Sustainable Development Goals of Tsinghua University (TUSDG), the manager of the Sustainable Development Solution Network (SDSN) China Hub. She is currently a researcher at Geneva-Tsinghua Initiative and PhD candidate at the University of Geneva. She holds a MA in World History from King’s College London. Her research focuses on the role of higher education institute, global governance and education on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Besides, she is also a certified auto-racing referee since 2017.

Amy Weng
Investment Sales Management, Credit Suisse; Alumna, University of Zurich

Amy Weng got her bachelor’s degree in Sinology from the University of Zurich and her master’s degree in International Relations with an Asian focus from the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. During her master’s program, Amy worked at SwissCham in Shanghai and at the Swiss Business Hub, Swiss Embassy in Beijing, promoting investment opportunities in Switzerland to Chinese businesses. After graduation, Amy joined the investment advisory team at Credit Suisse in Zurich, where she would gain her investment product knowledge and leverage it in her current position in investment sales management for private banking in Switzerland.


Why “Einstein Day”?

The study and working atmosphere in Switzerland has played a key role in Albert Einstein’s success. Einstein lived in Switzerland between 1895 and 1914, during which he received his academic diploma from the ETH Zurich in 1900. After being stateless for more than five years, he acquired Swiss citizenship in 1901, which he kept for the rest of his life. In 1905, he was awarded a PhD by the University of Zurich. The same year, he published four groundbreaking papers during his renowned “miracle year” which brought him to the notice of the academic world at the age of 26. Einstein taught theoretical physics at University of Zurich from 1909 to 1911 and at ETH Zurich from 1912 and 1914. Einstein chose Switzerland for his education and groundbreaking research which ultimately led to his Nobel Prize in 1921!


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