The last day in our journey started with Mr. Othmar Hardegger, Consul General of Switzerland in Vietnam, who opened the workshop by shortly explaining us the task of the Consulate General as well as trade promotion and support for investors in Vietnam.
By Daniela Duque Cardona & Raffaele d'Amato
So, we met at 08:10 am to start our company visit at Nhabe Garment Corporation. After a 30 min coach ride we arrived at the company where we have been received very warmly by Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Lan, the General Director of NBC
By Carmen Baumann
Today's first stop was was the Hung Vuong Seafood Company. Hung Vuong was established in 2003. Their named guideline is "Your satisfaction is our successfulness" and their slogan could find everywhere on posters and pictures - "Think of fish, eat panga".
By Loris Grether
In the morning we had the great opportunity to visit our Silver Partner Jakob AG. The company produces rope systems which are mainly used for architectural purposes such as enclosures for animals, safety- or protection nets as well as green façade solutions. In the afternoon we followed up on an invitation for a soccer friendly game by the Ho Chi Minh City Cadre Academy.
By Remo Bösiger
After a relaxing night and a very traditional breakfast in the hotel, the delegation could start again into a new day in Hanoi. Unfortunately, it was not possible to visit ABB at their site in Hanoi. But with the good and flexible planning of the project team, they could manage to come up with another interesting program which included the visit of the Bat Trang Ceramic Village.
By Christoph Ruch
Today, the delegation had a day off. The sunny weather encouraged all of us to go out and explore the city Hanoi. Hanoi offers beautiful places like the Hoan Kiem Lake, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum or the Temple of Literature.
By Iris Affolter
Today a surprise event was planned. Nobody, except the project team of course knew what was scheduled until Friday evening…
By Danila Onorato
KOTO is a non-profit social enterprise that empowers at-risk and disadvantages youth in Vietnam through its holistic training program. It is guided by their philosophy “Know one- Teach one”. As soon as we arrived, the employees were all very motivated and friendly to us.
by Diana Lien
Today the delegation of exploreASEAN had the chance to visit Zühlke in Singapore and meet Michael Schnyder und Stefan Sarbach. Zühlke is an independent Solutions partner to other businesses. They are mainly offering digital, technological and engineering support for different kinds of projects.
By Irem Aylakdurmaz
The first day in Singapore, our third destination of the on-site seminar, was full packed of interesting visits. After celebrating the birthday of our accompanying lecturer Andreas Reber at midnight, the delegation came together early in the morning for an eventful day with not less than three company visits. For this occasion, the delegation dressed up in business formal for the first time since we are on the onsite seminar. Everyone was focused and very excited for another day full of interesting facts and information
By Dominik Bloch & Stefan Känel
Tuesday the 03.04.18. started off with the usual breakfast. On this day, 24 out of the 28 delegation members could join which was an improvement to the day before, where more had to stay in bed. The bus took us to “Rumah Batik Komar”, which is a batik producer. Batik Shirts is a typical Indonesian clothing, which can be worn on business occasion similar to a suit in western Europe.
By Tim van Dijke
Today we visited the “Institut Teknologi Bandung” which is the local FHNW partner university. Upon arrival, a group of Indonesian students welcomed us warmly. The traditional Swiss initial shyness was quickly outplayed by Indonesian openness during an initial session where small mixed groups of four to five students from each country discussed differences and similarities between Switzerland and Indonesia
by Lukas Reimann
After fighting our jetlag with hours of sleep, we started our second day in Jakarta with a sightseeing tour. The first stop was the great Istiqlal Mosque. Not only is an impressive fact that it is the largest Mosque in Southeast Asia but it was also built by a Christian architect.
By Rahel Le & Sabrina Tenisch
Finally, the one site seminar begun on the day before, when we started our journey from Zurich Airport. After a 14 hours flight and a stop in Singapore, the group arrived save and sound in Jakarta. Since we landed early in the morning the day was packed with sensations, a company visit, and lots of impressions.
by Kim Winistörfer
On Friday, 23rd of February 2018, the Preparatory Seminar ended with an interesting joint event of all the four student projects. The event was characterised by a great speech of Marc Blaser and a career fair, at which many partners of the projects were represented. Moreover, we had the pleasure to attend a worthwile panel discussion with experts in new technologies and a political influencer.
This Thursday, we could receive diverse inputs from lectures sharing from a diverse topic range their experiences about the ASEAN countries that we are going to visit. The roundtable discussion with the participating lecturers gave us the chance to interact directly with them and ensure a insightful knowledge transfer. What an inspiring day!
The second day of this year’s preparatory seminar provided our delegation further insights into the ASEAN member states that we are going to visit on our onsite trip in April.
We are honored to have welcomed the Minister-Counsellor of the Indonesian Embassy and the Consular of Vietnamese Embassy today which gave us also a political understanding about the relation between the both countries and Switzerland.
The first day of the Preparatory Seminar 2018 has started successfully for exploreASEAN and the other international student project. Already in the beginning of the day, we were presented with an inspiring welcome speech.
The day has been packed with speeches of business experts about economical facts of the ASEAN member countries and their future economic development. The technological influence Southeast Asia's economy has been a main topic throughout the first seminar day.
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With Ho Chi Minh City, the project team visited the last destination of this year’s preparatory trip. From the 8th until 11th January, Kaltrina and Caroline discovered the long and extraordinary history of Vietnam, whilst getting closer to the country’s way of doing business. This trip to Vietnam provided the project team with valuable insights into ASEAN’s financial market, tech community and the cultural disparities between Southeast Asia and Switzerland. Nevertheless, new interesting collaboration with the first co-working space in Ho Chi Minh City and the social non-profit enterprise KOTO could be further established
After the eventful journey in Singapore, the project team headed to Jakarta, Indonesia for a trip of two days. Two main highlights awaited Caroline and Kaltrina during their stay in this vivid and dynamic city: The ASEAN Secretariat and the meeting with Sandmaster’s CEO, Mr Erwin Spichtig.
On 3 January 2018, Kaltrina Buqa and Caroline Niederhauser from the exploreASEAN project team started their preparatory trip, where they will have the opportunity to meet and exchange with business experts which have extensive knowledge of the South East Asian market.
Their journey of 9 days will take them to Singapore, Jakarta and Ho-Chi-Minh City.