APAIE Conference and Exhibition 2015

This year, 12 distinguished Swiss institutions for higher education represented Switzerland at the 10th Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE) Conference and Education Exhibition. As one of the most well known forums in the Asia-Pacific Region, APAIE was set in Beijing from March 23rd to 26th and brought together international policy-makers as well as education experts. The aim was to improve professional skills and to learn about new developments in international education. During the APAIE Education Exhibition, the Swiss presence was highlighted with a booth that served as a meeting point to showcase Swiss excellence in higher education, research, and innovation. It generated great interest among students and university representatives alike. A Swiss diplomatic mission composed by Vice Consul Pascal Marmier, CEO of swissnex China, the Science Counsellors in Beijing, Tokyo, Seoul, and the project officer of swissnex Singapore further assisted the institutions in their duties to forge ties with notable universities in Asia.

swiss delegation APAIE 2015

The following Swiss institutions for higher education were present:

– University of Bern

– University of Fribourg

– University of Geneva

– University of Lausanne

– University of Zurich

– Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich ETHZ

– Zurich University of Teacher Education (PH Zurich)

– University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW)

– Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH)

– Luzern University of Applied Sciences (HSLU)

– Haute école de gestion de Genève (HEG Geneva)

– swissuniversities, which is the rectors’ conference of all universities in Switzerland.

Parallel to APAIE, the swissnex China and the STE Section Beijing organized various promotion events for the Swiss delegations and their partners. H.E. Ambassador Jean-Jacques de Dardel welcomed over 100 representatives of Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Singaporean, Malaysian, Thai, Canadian, and Australian universities for an exclusive VIP Reception at his Residence, offering unique and highly appreciated networking opportunities. It was an extraordinary occasion for the Swiss delegation to foster their international standing and, for the Embassy, to confirm its absolute support for the Swiss institutions of higher education.

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Switzerland and other countries witness a constant increase in the mobility of students and university teaching staff, and the interest shown by scholars in researching in global networks or cooperative activities has reached levels never seen before. These are some of the reasons why on March 24th the Science and Technology Counsellor in Beijing, Mr. Nektarios Palaskas, moderated an internal workshop with all Swiss participants on communication and collaboration strategies for Asia. The following day, swissnex China and the FHNW co-hosted an APAIE parallel session, where Prof. Robert A. Buttery (Head of the International Office FHNW) and Vice Consul Pascal Marmier spoke on “Rethinking Mobility: New Pathways for Increasing Exchange and Research Co-operation”. They introduced a series of case studies to show how institutions of higher education can launch new exchange and research programs, or how they can enter new markets by creating sustainable partnerships with global organizations.

Commitments like these clearly show that Switzerland is internationally recognized as a country that attaches great importance to educational investments within a growing international market. They enable a more effective sharing of knowledge and drive innovative processes. The Swiss Embassy and swissnex China, the latter with teams in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, aim at creating conditions that are conducive to cooperation, and at building strong networks to promote new technologies, entrepreneurship, and innovation through long-lasting partnerships. The APAIE Conference and Education Exhibition is an indispensable discussion platform, through which we, together with our Swiss and international partners, openly contribute to Switzerland’s future success!