The last day of our China trip started as usual in the lobby of our hotel from where we left for two very interesting meetings with Swiss expats. The visits gave us an insight in the banking industry in Hong Kong and the especially the Swiss banks in this area as well as the life as an expat working for those banks. First we took the boat to set over to Hong Kong island and soon arrived in the Hong Kong branch of the UBS. Due to connections of Mr. Ruettimann we were able to talk to a Swiss expat who worked abroad for 12 years already and therefore was able to give us a unique inside what banking in Asia and Hong Kong is all about. We were received on the 52. Floor in a nice meeting room from where we had a great overview, although most of us first went for the `hen hao chi` croissants they offered us. The speech was great and helped us to understand why the banks rush into this region and opened us the eyes for the fact that we should be more aware of the coming, yet already ongoing competition from Asia to the West.
Secondly, thanks to a contact of one of our students, we could dig in further into the banking sector in Hong Kong by visiting a Swiss expat at the Credit Swiss. This meeting was for some of us of special interest, because it was a former student of the ZHAW and an example of how a career could look like in the first few years after graduation. As a Swiss banker sent to Hong Kong on a two years contract he could tell us firsthand experience about the value of gaining experience abroad, but didn’t hide the difficult side of it. Overall we think he gave us a good and honest overview about what he experienced so far and it will be for sure a help for some of us when the question comes up about going a step further and becoming an expat. Continue reading →
After more then two weeks of traveling through China mainland, our last day in this large country has arrived. At 7am everbody had to be checked out. Unfortunately not all of us got their laundry back which caused a dalay of 20min. Enough time to get a cup of coffee from Mc Dondalds to strengthen us for another busy day. The visits of the companies ‘Build Your Dreams’ and Lenovo was sheduled for this day.
Arround 10am we arrived in front of the gate of BYD in Shenzhen. First of all, the company was introduced in a short speech where they clarified that BYD is more then just a car manufacturer. BYD embraces three businesses: IT, automobile and new energy. Everybody wanted to see the production plant but due to their strict rules we could not visit it. The disappointment was only short-lived because BYD showed up with a big surprise. We were given the unique opportunity to drive with the electric car e6. A strange feeling since there was absolutely no sound of engine. This proved us that China is also preparing their future, zero emission & zero noise.
After a short stopover at Mc Donalds, specialists from Lenovo showed us the production of the well-known ThinkPad notebook. Hundreds of Chinese workers stood at the assembly line, doing not more then one or two actions, an engraving impression. Thanks to this, the picture of a simple and standardized notbook became its face. Now we know all the procedures behind it.
Another intersting day, packed with a lot of impressions reached its end. We left China mainland behind us as we crossed the border to Hong Kong.
The official study trip ended on the 6th February with the journey back from Beijing over Frankfurt to Winterthur. The voyage back was unproblematic and the group arrived safe & sound but exhausted in Winterthur. I wish all those who extend their Asia trip individually e.g. to Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Thailand or Vietnam a safe and inspiring continuation!
With the end of the study trip, we have now time to reflect on all the impressions and insights we got during the past two weeks and I’m looking forward to further discussions. (Sebastian Scheidegger, Sandro Meier, Stephan Bodenmann)
Having 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 →
Friday 16th July 2010, the business trip continued in Hong Kong with several surprises. The weather so far has been really great but the Organisation Committee was anxious about a possible Typhoon in the area of Hong Kong for the last day of the trip. What a surprise when all the participants opened the curtains and realised that a sunny day was scheduled! Continue reading →
The day started off at 8.00 am in the morning. Everybody was glad to finally be in Hong Kong, in one of the most prosperous cities in the world. This morning, there were two speeches on the program at the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, one by Mr. Jackson (an English businessman having lived and worked in Hong Kong for more than 30 years) and the other by Dr. Hans Roth, General Consul of Switzerland in Hong Kong managing China. To get to the HKTDC building, we boarded a ferry which dropped us right next to the building. Continue reading →
In the morning we left our hotel in Guangzhou and headed south to Shenzen for two further highlights of our trip: The visits at Build Your Dreams (BYD) and Lenovo. At BYD, we were warmly welcomed by Lai and Sophie, two representatives of BYD. First we could see their showroom with all their cars, afterwards they also showed us the other electronic components in their exhibition. The product range consists of mobile accumulators, batteries, cell phone key pads, LEDs, solar panels and energy storage systems. Afterwards we left to visit the charging station where the first 30 caps in Shenzen are able to charge their batteries within 15 minutes at the minimum. Continue reading →
ZHAW School of Management and Law under the lead of Prof. Dr. René Ruettimann is again organising a field trip to China. This year, the trip will start on Tuesday 29th June with a dinner at a Beijing Duck restaurant in Beijing. In the following weeks, 34 Bachelor Business as well as Business Law students will visit companies, a university, meet with Chinese students and representatives of Swiss delegations in China. Apart from Beijing, the group will visit Handan, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guilin, Yangshuo, Guangzhou and finally, Hong Kong! The trip will end in Hong Kong on Saturday 17th July.
At this point, the organization team would like to thank everybody who contributed to this interesting, unique and great field trip to China! We are very happy and relieved that all the company visits went well, no major program changes had to be undertaken and finally, that all the students arrived safe and well in Hong Kong!
We hope that everybody, students as well as company representatives, had enjoyed the time and that everbody could take something along for their future!
As our day started on 10.00 am, many of the group members took their chance to sleep a bit longer. We began our last day of the trip with a harbour cruise. It was quiet surprising that we did not have a normal „tourist boat" for this cruise. Instead we had a private yacht for us alone which was absolutely fantastic.
On our 3-hour-trip through the harbour of Hong Kong, we could enjoy the amazing skyline, the very impressive container harbour (which is one of the biggest in the world) and the old airport.