All Swiss Schools and Universities Alumni Gathering 2015

Networking and Swiss innovation were the cornerstones of this year’s All Swiss Schools and Universities Alumni Gathering in Shanghai. It was not a big surprise to see the Italian restaurant Gemma that served as the venue for the event filled with fascinating people from all around the world; if you assemble Swiss alumni – usually a guarantee for extraordinary personal experiences and stories – in Shanghai – the place where networking and socializing are the central features of everyday life – a bustling night is on the schedule.

all alumni gathering 2015And that’s exactly what happened: more than 200 guests filled the place to the last square meter and our Italian hosts almost ran out of their beloved antipasti, pasta and dolci. Italian treats together with Swiss wine ensured the physical well-being of all our guests.

Throughout the evening, one could observe the international orientation of the Swiss higher education system. On the one hand we were happy to welcome Swiss citizens on their quest to conquer the world outside the well-known Alpine terrain, and on the other hand we embraced a vivid community of international alumni who sooner or later were attracted by the excellent reputation of our homeland’s education standards. Those standards are set not only by public education institutions, but also by private schools – a fact that was well represented in the form of Swiss Learning, our main sponsor of the event.

As alumnus of the University of Geneva, the Consul General of Switzerland in Shanghai, Mr. Alexander Hoffet successfully held his opening speech as well as Pascal Marmier, CEO of swissnex China and alumnus of University of Lausanne. Moreover, swissnex China has collected great testimonials from H.E. Jean-Jacques de Dardel, Swiss Ambassador to China, together with other renowned alumni, talking about their precious memories and valuable takeaways from Switzerland as students (watch the video here).

Another highlight of the evening program consisted of the ultra-short pitches from the renowned venture leaders China team. The presentations of their start-ups to the assembled audience set another example for the international outlook of Swiss universities and young entrepreneurs and therefore fitted perfectly into the overall program. The vibrant evening finished with a lucky draw, which basically melted down to a hard fight of moderator Sabine Boulos against the chatty audience at the back who only started to pay attention when it came to the final prize – a return ticket between China and Switzerland offered by Swiss International Airlines.

For more pictures from the event, please visit our online gallery.