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.
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
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 Asiabut it was also built by a Christian architect.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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.
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.
What an honor to be invited by the ASEAN secretariat! They even posted pictures from us on their Facebook page and wrote a short report of our visit. Thank you very much for the insightful day and the great discussion. Click here to read the report from today on their Facebook page.
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 exploreASEANdelegation 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 exploreASEANwas 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 exploreASEANhere!
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 exploreASEANparticipants 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.
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.
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
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.
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.