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      Sep 15, 2015

      High-ranking visit from Gansu

      For twenty years now the School of Business FHNW has cultivated a friendship with the Chinese Gansu province. On September 14th this jubilee as well as the five-year anniversary of the signing of the friendship agreement between the canton of Solothurn and the Gansu province were celebrated.

      The twenty year relationship history of the School of Business FHNW actually began more by coincidence: In January 1995, Peter Abplanalp, director of the former University of Applied Science Solothurn, taught in the first Sino-Swiss Management Programme in Beijing, commissioned by the SDC. Among the students was a representative of the Gansu province, who was very interested in the continuing education in Switzerland. In July of the very same year, the first Chinese delegation was welcomed in Olten. 

      F.l.: Peter Abplanalp, School of BusinessFHNW, Christine Abplanalp, Ruedi Nützi, Director School of Business FHNW, Liu Weiping, Hon. Governor of the Gansu Province, Fan Neifer, School of Business FHNW (Pictures: Ronald Frischknecht).

      Ruedi Nützi, Director of the School of Business FHNW:  „Entrepreneurs who go the extra mile, who connect strategic-thinking with charm and humour are always needed. Along with good employees this is a recipe for success”. The success shown in numbers: In the last twenty years, 600 managers from the province Gansu have completed a Management Programme at the FHNW in Olten. Since 2001, 350 students from the FHNW have travelled to the capitol, Lanzhou, and to the Gansu province within the framework of the Insight China Programme. Also there are contracts for student / lecturer-exchanges in place with the renowned Lanzhou University, the School of Management and the Lanzhou Jiatong University. All these activities have been positively influenced by the friendship agreement between Gansu and Solothurn over the last five years.

      Liu Weiping, Hon. Governor of the Gansu province, was impressed by how multicultural Switzerland is and also by the harmonious way of living together, the intact landscape and most of all the innovation power of Switzerland. For the promotion of the economy and especially for the project „New Silk Road“ China needed new talent. Mr. Weiping welcomes new cooperation with the School of Business FHNW in the areas of education and continuing education and cooperation with Swiss companies.

      Front middle: Liu Weiping, Hon. Governor of the Gansu Province and Roland Heim, President of the Cantonal Government Solothurn. In the back f.l: Yang Zhiwu, Chang Zhengguo, Wang Daixi und Zhang Shengzhen, Gansu Provicial People's Government; Ambassador Xu Jinghu; Roland Fürst, Esther Gassler,  Cantonal Government Solothurn; Andreas Eng, State Chancellor.

      To mark the five-year anniversary of the friendship agreement between canton Solothurn and the Gansu province, the State council welcomed Liu Weiping and his high-ranking delegation. In the council chambers of canton Solothurn the existing cooperation was ceremoniously sealed with the renewal of the friendship agreement and the economic and cultural connection between Gansu and the canton of Solothurn was strengthened.

      By doing its China activities, the School of Business FHNW is aiming to strengthen the exchange of knowledge in the area of Management and Business Relations between the SMEs. That way the international competencies of their graduates and lecturers as well as the competitiveness of the Swiss companies will be strengthened.

      Contact
      Prof. Dr. Ruedi Nützi, ruedi.nuetzi@fhnw.ch

      Category: International Affairs

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