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.

Day 9: VW and Suzhou Industrial Park

After a delay due to the non acceptance of international credit cards in the hotel check out in the JinJiang Hotel we finally arrived at Shanghai Automotives Volkswagen (SVW) by bus. We were impressed by the sheer size of the plant. The tour of the company was very well organized and structured and started by a video presentation which explained the history of SVW. Unfortunately the whole visit was not very personal as the Secretary left the room. Continue reading

Day 8: IBM and Schwarzkopf

Our day started at 08.00 o’clock in the morning, when we met us in the lobby of our hotel. A bus drived us to the IBM company, where we firstly heard the speak of the General Manager Marcel Greutmann. He gave us an interesting introduction about the history of China, followed by a brief overview about the market place of IBM and some of its operations and finally its talents including the recruitment programm. Continue reading

Day 6: Individual Sightseeing in Shanghai

The 4th of july was a day off, therefore it was an individual programme. Most of the group decided to visit the famous highlights in Shanghai and enjoying the Metropole. At about 11.00, we went first to the People Square located in Remin Avenue which is the center of Shanghai in terms of economy, culture and transport. Then we went to the Bund walking along the west side from where we could admired various buildings and skyscrapers from different architectural styles. Continue reading

Day 5: Handan Iron & Steel Group

On Saturday, 3rd July, after a short night of extensive karaoke singing we met at 7:45 am in the lobby. Scheduled departure was 8:00 am to avoid traffic. On the bus we received a brief introduction about the city of Handan by Mr. Wang, our translator. Continue reading

Trip to China 2010

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.

team 2009 in Beijing

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Bird's view over a small part of the SIP

Bird's view over a small part of the SIP

After staying overnight in a luxury hotel in Suzhou, we were heading to the industrial park which is located in the same city. Currently, half a million people are living in this industrial zone. Most of them are employees of one of the 3200 companies which have their facilities there.

The Suzhou Industrial Park is divided into clusters such as biotech or software technology to ensure a knowledge transfer between those companies. To improve the standard of living, the industrial park has several recreation areas, three huge lakes, two golf courts, movie theatres and several other leisure facilities.

The short history of the Suzhou Industrial Park is quiet amazing. Opened 15 years ago as a joint venture with the State Singapore Investment Fund, it is nowadays Asia’s most modern development zones. It hosts subsidiaries of 77 of fortune

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