Day 18 – Banking industry and welfare dinner

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.
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Day 1 – Bejing: Start of trip Tue. June 28

Today our trip started 10’000 miles away from home, in Beijing. Everyone arrived on time and we could begin this trip with a welcome drink and a getting to know each other. People are very enthusiastic and can’t wait to start into the real program tomorrow morning. Prof. Dr. R. Rüttimann held an touching speech to align everybody to the goals of the trip.

Some students already arrived a few days early and could adapt to the Chinese way of doing things. Others just arrived on time and were still a bit jet lagged after the welcome get together at Shichahai lake. Eventhough we had some problems to manage that all the students arrived on time and at the same place with nine different taxis, we finally succeded to cheer on an awesome trip in China, where we are going to see a lot of different companies and will have various different insight views into Chinese business.

What some of the students already experienced during the short pre-trip time:
– food on the night market (scorpions/snakes/etc.)
– taxi drivers who can’t read English nor Chinese and therefore drove through the city for about half an hour without any clue where to go to.
– visit to a few awesome sightseeing spots
– beer prices differences between 40RMB and 2.8RMB.

Tomorrow we will have an official visit at the Swiss Embassy and a speech will be held by a Correspondent of a famous Swiss Newspaper. Everyone is looking forward to that.

And now it’s time to call the night. Please read more tomorrow.

Welcome Drink

Trip to China 2011

This year, the ZHAW School of Management and Law again organizes a field trip to China. The class led by Prof. Dr. René Ruettimann will visit between the 28th of June and the 16th of July interesting places with valuable contributions to understand better the “Kingdom of the middle”. This year’s trip focuses on the cities Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Yiwu City, Guilin, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hongkong. Basically, the trip focuses on four main areas:

The main attractions will be large and midsize Chinese companies, Swiss subsidiaries in China, historical and cultural attractions as well as speeches and lectures at two universities. The organization team exists of M. Lehmann. J. Brzezek, A. Naeff, S. Haelg and M. Colle. For all interested in the progress of our trip, please read our daily addition to the blog 2011 and receive more details about our activities.

Day 16 – Everything has an end

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)

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

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 18: University visits and Harbour tour

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

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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SUCCESSFUL FIELD TRIP CHINA 2009

Thank you very much!!!

Thank you very much!!!

Dear all,

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!

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