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.
Last week, part of our collaboration with iDeskPro Malco Messerli ended. During the last two years, he supported our project with countless hours of assistance and helped to build up our project from scratch.
We are very happy to announce that Valerie Adam and Jasmin Tobler have been selected as the Communication Team to complete exploreASEAN!
We look forward working with you and grow together with the challenges to come.
Read more here about our new team members.
Are you interested to discover South East Asia and do you have communication, social media and IT skills?
We are looking for motivated and talented team members.
If you want to take on this unique opportunity to be a part of the PR Team in exploreASEAN 2018 apply here!
The next edition of exploreASEAN is just getting started. But before it begins, read now about the highlights of the past 12 months and the best rated activities during the onsite seminar in Southeast Asia of exploreASEAN 2016-2017.
It is already two weeks ago since the Ambassadors of the Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia, as well as representatives of the embassies of Thailand and Malaysia visited the campus of the FHWN for the event “ASEAN – One identity, multi traits”.
Building bridges between Indonesia and Switzerland
The relationship between students of the project team exploreASEAN and Indonesia began with the acceptance of the invitation by H.E. Linggawaty Hakim, the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Switzerland, for the preparatory seminar at the FHNW in Olten.
The Minister Counsellor of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, Mr Hendra Halim, and the project team of exploreASEAN had been in contact over several weeks to organize his appearance at the preparatory seminar on Monday, 13 February 2017. Watch here the interview with Mr Hendra Halim about Indonesia!
ASEAN celebrates its 50th anniversary with exploreASEAN
How much do you know about ASEAN and its 50 years of history? Read on our website to get a brief insight and be ready to learn more during the special event hosted by exploreASEAN on 6 of June 2017.
exploreASEAN is looking for new project managers!
Please note that the application period is over.
Are you a disciplined and persistent person seeking an opportunity to challenge your managing skills? We are seeking new project managers that carry our vision "Building Bridges for Young Talents" forward!
exploreASEAN raising awareness in the region of Zofingen
On May 9th 2017 emerged an exploreASEAN article on the very first page of the “Regio-section” of the local newspaper called Zofinger Tagblatt.
A big thank you to Beat Kirchhofer and Zofinger Tagblatt for dedicating a page to the exploreASEAN student project of the FHNW.
Have a read through the article and learn more about exploreASEAN!
A workshop at the Continental Saigon Hotel was organized beforehand consisting of a roundtable discussion with numerous company representatives such as Mr Philipp Nüesch from Straumann and Mr Othmar Hardegger, Consul General for Switzerland in Vietnam and many more.
After previously having visited local Vietnamese companies and their premises in My Tho, last Thursday, we were ready to visit Swiss companies operating in Vietnam. Firstly, Jakob Saigon LTD strengthening the bond between CH and VN, and secondly, Fontina Viet Nam setting an example why Vietnam is the place to be for a pottery designing firm.
After the day off in Ha Long Bay, an insightful Sea food processing company and a seafood farming site were explored, the delegation had the chance to learn more about the Vegetigi Tien Giang Fruit and Vegetable JSC fruit processing and exporting company. By experiencing the local and traditional production of tasteful food products and handmade artwork in the heart of the Mekong river, the explorers had a taste of culture and business in one place
Following our insightful visits in Singapore and Indonesia, the explorers made it to our final destination: Vietnam! Hanoi- the charming capital welcomed us with nice weather on our arrival this Thursday. Here, the explorers have the chance to discover the rich culture of Vietnam as well as continue to expand their knowledge and network from the upcoming company visits.
After gathering first impressions in the City of Jakarta and visiting the Dusun Bamboo Park near Bandung, the official exploreASEAN program in Indonesia has started.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was founded on the 8 of August 1967. Since then, the community has grown from five to ten member states and with it, many opportunities for their population. Today, ASEAN identifies itself with the motto: “One Vision, One Identity, One Community”. We had the honor to visit the ASEAN secretariat in Jakarta. For the afternoon, the Swiss Business Forum kindly invited us for lunch at the Grand Sheraton Hotel, where we had the possibility to network with Swiss and Indonesian business people.
In our second year of running, Indonesia is a completely new destination for exploreASEAN! In the largest country of the ASEAN region, the explorers are excited to receive business insights, expand their network as well as experience the diverse culture of Indonesia.
After the start of the onsite seminar, the exploreASEAN delegation is able to deepen their knowledge here in Southeast Asia for their research papers. Those papers encompass contemporary challenges affecting ASEAN countries in a total of 11 different topics.
After arriving safely on the 6th of April in the evening in Singapore, we had the chance to relax after a full day of travelling from Switzerland to Southeast Asia. For the next morning, the two first company visits of this year’s onsite seminar at Leica Geosystems Technologies Pte Ltd and at the ETH Future City Laboratory were waiting for us.
Following the slogan “Building Bridges for Young Talents”, the explorers are, thanks to the FHNW and numerous partners, in store of discovering three highly diverse countries making up a total of 7 different cities to be visited by the exploreASEAN delegation 2016-2017.
From June 6th to June 8th, 2017, exploreASEAN has the honour to host a special event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of ASEAN at FHNW campus Olten. The event aims at highlighting the integration process in the past 50 years as well as the outlook into the future of the community.
We would like to thank the Swiss-Asian Chamber of Commerce, Bossart Films, Adam Uhren, Bruno Lehmann AG, Öufi Bier, Weinbaugenossenschaft Schinznach, Fredy’s, Chocolate Frey, Victorinox and Trauffer for their support of exploreASEAN. From video camera and light, pastries, beverages, chocolate, gifts for our onsite seminar, support at our Vietnamese Dinner at the preparatory seminar as well as in Indonesia and general assistance also during the whole duration of the project, the range could not be larger of the products and services we could benefit from.
HACO and Straumann were already partners when exploreASEAN was founded in 2015. They are both global players, yet active in very different fields. While HACO provides innovative tailor-made food products for every customer's need, Straumann excels at creating top quality implants for the restorative as well as the regenerative dentistry. Our new partner VBV on the other hand, is committed to offering training and development in the field of insurance. We are very pleased to count on the renewed support of HACO and Straumann and welcome our new partner VBV. Read more about our supporters at exploreASEAN here!
The time has come to thank our honorable golden Partner Ringier for being such a supportive and generous partner of exploreASEAN. Click here to learn more about Ringier!
It is great to have you on board Müller Martini, SuisseCo and Glutz AG. Thanks for your valuable contribution to exploreASEAN 2016-2017 edition!
We want to engage with you and bring you our story closer. So dear follower, fan, subscriber and tweeter, click here to find out how you can follow our journey and exploreASEAN together!
The main joint-partner of all four international student projects Blaser Swisslube lies in the heart of the Emmenthal Region in the Canton of Bern in Hasle bei Burgdorf and is a sophisticated Swiss manufacturing company active in the metalworking fluid sector. Their highest goal is to satisfy the customer’s needs by offering customized services and remarkable products. At the company visit during the preparatory seminar in February 2017, the exploreASEAN participants could gather insights into the research center facilities where Blaser Swisslube creates new solutions day by day. We would like to thank Blaser Swisslube for their support and their insights. Read more about Blaser Swisslube here!
iDeskPro is our highly appreciated strategic crossmedia and sustainability partner supporting exploreASEAN since its foundation in 2015.
iDeskPro excels at creating top quality services and products such as usability testing and social media integration, web development and design, photography, video and much more. Furthermore, iDeskPro contributes to our CO2 neutral policy at exploreASEAN by paying a significant share of the CO2 compensation for flights, for website maintenance, for our giveaways and even for paper and for energy consumption.
Thus, exploreASEAN as well as each member of the team benefit enormously from the experience and knowledge that is transferred. We would like to thank iDeskPro for the precious support and we are looking forward collaborating together for many more years to come! Read more about iDeskPro and why they support exploreASEAN!
Only a month ago, exploreASEAN and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland was honored to welcome the Ambassador of Vietnam to Switzerland, His Excellency Mister Pham Hai Bang, for a final speech on the second day of the preparatory seminar. Thanks to his Excellency and the Vietnamese Embassy to Switzerland, the exploreASEAN delegation was granted free visas for its journey in Vietnam.
The first NEXUS newsletter has been released! Read it online here and see which interesting topics have been in the focus of this year's preparatory seminar. Get an insights into the international student projects and discover what the delegation members think about the preparatory seminar and its speakers!
After two instructive company visits to two partners of exploreASEAN on day three, the delegation got to learn more about the ASEAN community members on day 4 and 5, when speakers shared their knowledge and success stories through presentations and roundtable discussions. Amongst the invited guest talkers the exploreASEAN management team welcomed Tuck Seng Low and Mr. Niklaus Glatthard from Swiss- Asian Chamber of Commerce SACC and the Co-founder of Magnolia CMS Mr. Boris Kraft
The first half of the preparatory seminar was packed with lots of great moments. Starting with the welcoming of the incoming students from Indonesia, the visit of the Indonesian Minister Counselor Hendra Halim, followed by the Tet introduction by 5 Vietnamese students as well as the Lunar New Year celebration with H.E. Mister Pham Hai Bang.
Today marks the start of the exploreASEAN preparatory seminar here at the University of Applied Sciences in Olten. Read further to see what our participants can expect of this year's edition.
Now that the preparatory seminar program is released, and participants are informed, the exploreASEAN project team has started counting down.
Lunar New Year, or in Vietnamese “Tết Nguyên Đán” (Tết), is regarded as the most popular holiday in Vietnam. Following the lunar calendar, the preparation for Tết begins a few days before the first day of the lunar year. The celebration usually lasts around seven days and is therefore considered the longest Vietnamese festive season.
From 10 to 12 of May 2017, the World Economic Forum on ASEAN will be held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Here are already some key statements about ASEAN's strenghts, future opportunities and challenges.
While most of the students are studying for their exams, the exploreASEAN team is working on final organizational matters concerning the long envisioned preparatory seminar. It is how the workaday life looks like at exploreASEAN
...visit this link to learn about some learning tips which might help you during the examination phase.
We know that most students associate this time of the year with lots of stress, overwhelming pressure, and mixed emotions, but we know that you can do it!
The exploreASEAN team wishes you good luck for the exams!
Indonesia is the third and last country on the agenda of the preparatory trip for the project team. For the first time in the exploreASEAN project, Indonesia is being discovered to ensure a smooth onsite event in April. Read more about the company visits and impressions in the article!
The project team has exciting news for you from Vietnam!
Valuable new contacts have been established and an additional company visit is on the agenda for the onsite seminar in April 2017. Explore our article and find out more about the project team's experiences on the preparatory trip.
On the journey in Singapore the project team got a teaser of two well-known corporations in the city state and got to meet the Sales Director Asia Pacific of Straumann.
Thanks to detailed coordination beforehand, the exploreASEAN project team got to meet Philipp Nüesch, Head of Sales for the Asia Pacific region at Straumann, who expressed his support for exploreASEAN and is delighted to share his expertise in doing business in Southeast Asia with this year`s delegation.
On Thursday, October 8th 2016 exploreASEAN invited the delegation for a kick-off assembly in the FHNW Von Roll Facility in Olten.
According to the latest steering committee meeting of November 22, 2016, the exploreASEAN onsite seminar in April 2017 is approved.
The project team is happy to announce the new Communication team members Giuliana Pastore and Kristiana Basic.
We warmly welcome you on board of this year's edition of exploreASEAN and are happy to go on this journey together.
Das 2016 erstmals durchgeführte internationale Studierendenprojekt exploreASEAN konnte sich über eine äusserst erfolgreiche erste Durchführung freuen. Höhepunkt war das zweiwöchige Onsite Seminar in Singapur, Malaysia und Vietnam.
The second edition of the joint newsletter of all the international student projects "Nexus" is online. It features news, highlights and information about the Onsite Seminars. Get an insight about our journey to South-East Asia and what the exploreASEAN delegation experienced.
Today our delegation had the possibility to visit two Swiss companies which made their way to Vietnam. Fontina, a family business manufacturing pottery products, closed its branches in Switzerland and moved entirely to Vietnam. And Jakob Rope Systems which brought a major part of its manufacturing process to Vietnam.