The Swiss President Was With Us

Swiss President CEIPB April 2016The Swiss President Johann N. Schneider-Ammann paid a state visit to China during April 7 – 9. After meeting with the Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, the two sides agreed on an ‘innovative strategic partnership’ with two MoUs signed, one is between Switzerland Innovation (Switzerland’s new Innovation Park) and TusPark, another is between the two national science foundations, National Natural Science Foundation of China NSFC and Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF.

On April 9th, we had the honor to welcome the President of the Swiss Confederation, Johann SCHNEIDER-AMMANN to Shanghai. On the occasion of a breakfast business meeting, swissnex China introduced the team and shared insights on which current and future projects we are working on. In addition, three young entrepreneurs got the opportunity to introduce their companies in China to the guests. After a discussion on Higher Education in China, and a panel discussion by Switzerland Global Enterprise, the delegation’s program included an official meeting with Zheng HAN, Party Secretary of Shanghai, followed by the inauguration of Swiss Center’s “Machinery, Trade and Business Center” and a company visit to Novartis.

CEIBS Sino Swiss Inno Forum Panel DiscussionThe one day visit to Shanghai ended with the Sino-Swiss Innovation Forum, held at CEIBS (China Europe International Business School), where the two State Secretaries Mrs. Marie-Gabrielle INEICHEN-FLEISCH; Mauro DELL’AMBROGIO participated on an interesting panel discussion. The evening program concluded with a networking cocktail reception on the CEIBS Campus. It was a long day full of impressions and numerous interesting encounters, and a highly pleased Swiss delegation. Highlights from the forum could be watched here.