Day 06 – Hong Kong

The view from Victoria's PeakHaving spent a delightful night at our hotel, we started off the day with a bus ride to the border control station located on the brim between mainland China and Hong Kong. The huge border control station handles immigration checks and also serves as a terminus for Hong Kong’s MTR commuter railway and sees several ten-thousand Chinese commute to their workplace in Hong Kong every day.

Our first stop in Hong Kong was at the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau, which is responsible for overseeing the full and faithful implementation of the “Basic Law” (Hong Kong’s de-facto constitution). The Bureau coordinates and promotes closer ties with mainland China. We were greeted by Principal Assistant Secretary Tang who held a presentation about the principles of “One Country, Two Systems”, according to which Hong Kong is governed. Continue reading

Day 05 – Visit of the University of Nottingham Ningbo and the Volkswagen Factory

This 5th day of our trip is already our last day in Shanghai for which we have scheduled two different activities. Therefore our group was divided into two teams of 25 students for today. One team went to visit a factory of Volkswagen and the other team went to visit the University of Nottingham in Ningbo China (UNNC).

University Visit: UNNC

First, a couple of words about the university we visited. The UNNC is a leading University in China and ranking under the top 100 worldwide. The UNNC consists of 19 faculties and colleges which cover many disciplines with about 2300 staff members and over 50’000 students in Bachelor & Master Programs. The UNNC was also the very first Sino-Foreign University established in China. More information can be found on the website of UNNC.

Our group of 25 students travelled 220 kilometers to Ningbo in the south of Shanghai to meet the ZHAW delegation lead by Werner Inderbitzin, the president of the ZHAW.  Together, we visited the UNNC to deepen the relationship between the two partner institutions. Nick Miles, the Provost and CEO of UNNC, welcomed us with a detailed presentation about the UNNC in the conference room. Nabil Gindy, Vice-Provost for research and Dean of Graduate School at the UNNC, did also hold a presentation about the research & innovation. Continue reading

Day 04 – The complete package

The schedule of day 4 was comprehensive and allowed broad and diverse insights into various aspects of Chinese business. This included: Visiting the Mayor of Suzhou, a visit at Phonak and a Silk Factory, a tour through the Lingering Garden and a canal tour. A reception at SWISSNEX in the evening completed the day.

As for some events the maximum number of participants was limited, our class was split up into 2 groups. The day started for a delegation of the ZHAW and 10 students with an official meeting with the Mayor of the industry park in Suzhou. The main topic of the discussion was about the recruiting model supplying the needed labor for the companies operating in the industry park. This, to our surprise, is done centrally through a government regulated agency. After the talk we had the chance to visit an exhibition about the Industry Park of Suzhou. Meanwhile, the other group of students enjoyed a boat ride on the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, the longest artificial river in the world with 1’776 km. Continue reading

Day 03 – Company Visit Baosteel

Day three has started early, with a good breakfast, after a wild night for some. The meeting was scheduled at 9:15, but not everyone has shown up on time. We took-off a bit later than expected with the consequences of missing some people on the bus. The visit of this day was a government owned company named BAOSTEEL, which produces and manufactures steel. Our tour of the company started with a broad and interesting speech by Ming Weh, who in broadly introduced BAOSTEEL’s daily activities. Afterwards we were invited to eat lunch at BAOSTEEL’s canteen. We all enjoyed a very delicious meal and were prepared to move on and get a tour at the company’s heavy metal production facility which was very different and impressive to all of us. The entire area of BAOSTEEL accounts for 25 km². For safety reasons we had to wear helmets. Continue reading

Day 02 – First Evening in Shanghai

After a small break in the hotel and freshening up we went off to our first dinner in China. The typical Chinese food like fried chicken, pork and fish, as well as rice and vegetables were served as dishes on a turntable. Getting used to the chopsticks was a challenge for some of the students.

Afterwards we took a boat trip on the Huangpu River, which on one side offered us an impressive view of  The Bund district, which is Shanghai‘s stately street of old colonial era buildings and was once the financial centre of the Far East. and on the other side of the river of  the Pudong, Shanghai‘s newest district , a Special Economic Zone full of gleaming skyscrapers rising out of what was farmland only 15 years ago. Continue reading

Day 01 – Winterthur -> Shanghai

We all gathered on Saturday morning (yes, it seems long foregone!) in front of the Winterthurer Theater.  Everyone was on time and you could see the excitement in everyone’s eyes. The trip started with a slight delay but the weather was on our side – which is crucial in this case- and we made it to Frankfurt on time. After a last meal on European grounds, we boarded our flight CA936 to Shanghai at 19:20. We (Stefi, Laura, Aniela) made sure all our crew was on board and comfortable. We were able to enjoy two stupendous Chinese meals on board, a usual chicken-or-beef dinner and a special breakfast consisting of beef-noodles, quite a new gourmet experience for many of us. The eleven hours went by peacuflly for most. Once in Shanghai we were warmly greeted by our Chinese tourguides, Yuan and Gong.  Continue reading

IM08 goes China & Vietnam – in a few days…

Welcome to the journey of the International Management Class of 2008 to China & Vietnam.

The exams are almost behind us, and our Study Trip is about to start this Saturday 22nd January 2011.

Throughout the semester the whole class did work on a documenation about our trip to various cities in China and Vietnam, such as Shanghai, HongKong, Saigon, Beijing and many more. This Study Trip Booklet was produced to give every participant a guideline for our journey. The booklet contains of an overview about the programme and some background information about the cities, the sights and the companies we are going to visit.

You can click on the picture if you like to have a look inside the booklet to find out what is ahead of us. Once on the trip we are going to blog daily about our experience if we are not far from an internet access point as might will happen when we are cruising on the Mekong River towards Cambodia.