Our day started early today. The meeting point was in the hotel lobby at 5:45. The whole delegation was still tired and exhausted because of the jetlag, but nevertheless, excited about exploring Bandung. As we have already experienced the traffic jam in Jakarta, it took us about 5h to Bandung. First place on the tour was the Bandung Institute of Technology. After a heartwarming and welcoming introduction to the institute, we have been served lunch by the students, exchange student and lecturers. We had the chance to get to know local students and to chat with them.
Batik Kumar was our second stop. Unfortunately, we had no chance to visit the Batik workshop, but the public relations responsible showed us around the company and introduced us to all of the processes while Batik is fabricated. It was really entertaining to see how much time and effort behind the production of Batik lies. Since the time was running and the program was really tight, we did not spend a lot of time at Batik Kumar. Our last activity in Bandung should have been the exploration of the city in small groups. In meanwhile, the weather got really bad and it started raining heavily. Because of that, we were not able to visit the city and therefore, decided to drive back to Jakarta. While heading back, we stopped at a very local restaurant between Bandung and Jakarta for dinner. We got to know the local kitchen and their eating behavior which is quite different from ours. After a long day with several different experiences we arrived tired but full of new experiences at the hotel.
Our trip to the ASEAN region started on the 28th of March. We all grouped together early morning at the Zurich airport. The journey to Jakarta was a very long and tiring one. It took us approximately 12 hours to reach Singapore. In this long time, we had the chance to get to know each other. The transit time was 3 hours at the Singapore Airport and then we had the next flight to Jakarta. After reaching Jakarta we were taken to the beautiful hotel Four Points by Sheraton, which is located in the city center. We had a small break to freshen ourselves up and then we got ready for the company visit to PT Koltiva on the same day. There was a lot of traffic, therefore, we were able to sleep in the bus for 2,5 hours after a long and tiring journey. PT Koltiva is an integrated agriculture technology and service company delivering tailor-made sustainability project management and product traceability software applications. They also showed us their web and mobile applications including Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Enterprise Resources Management (ERP) and Supply Chain. Their customers strive to improve smallholder farmers and small enterprises livelihoods. They also offered us fresh and delicious fruits like Rambutan, Snake Fruit, Guava, Orange and Star fruit. These are typical fruits in Indonesia. It was a really wonderful and informative, as well as productive company visit in PT Koltiva.
Today, the first Nexus Newsletter of the 2018/2019 edition of the International Student Projects was sent out to all students of the FHNW School of Business.
While in previous years there was a physical newsletter, this year there was a new approach in creating this newsletter, namely in a digital form and accessible over the Link https://nexusfhnw.org/.
We would be delighted if you take a look at this year's newsletter and indulge yourself into the world of the International Student Projects 2018/2019.
Today was the final day of the preparatory seminar 2019. It was a week full of insights, but all good things must come to an end.
In the morning, the career fair of the preparatory seminar 2019 took place at Campus Olten. Not only the delegation of each International Student Project, but every final year student of the FHNW was welcome to join us and get to know the partners of all of the International Student Projects. exploreASEAN was especially happy to welcome DT Swiss, our Gold Partner, as an exhibitor at the career fair 2019. Many students joined, and some even had the chance to conduct a speed interview with one or the other companies. Another popular offer was enabled by the nextCareer service of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, which was the CV check.
In the afternoon, the closing event of the preparatory seminar 2019 took place in the Aula of campus Olten. The first part of this event consisted of a panel discussion with the title: "Sustainability: Do we walk the talk?", which was moderated by Prof. Michael Jeive, Head ISPs of the FHNW and included several interesting guests from various backgrounds. The event was concluded with a closing speech from Mr. Marco Gadola, Chief Executive Officer of Straumann.
After the closing speech, everyone had the opportunity to take part in the final apéro of the preparatory week and, over a glass of wine or a cold beer, discuss the experiences made during the week together with the participants of the other projects.
It was a great preparatory week. The project management team of exploreASEAN expresses its sincerest gratitude to everyone who made this week possible. We are now even more looking forward to an exciting On-Site trip!
After having spent the previous day at companies, the fourth day of our preparatory seminar began at 08:30 back at campus Olten. Our first guest on this day was Mr. Niklaus Glatthard, Chairman Young Professionals Committee of the Swiss-Asian Chamber of Commerce, who had already given presentations for previous editions of exploreASEAN. We were thrilled to welcome him once again at our preparatory seminar where he delivered a most interesting presentation about challenges and opportunities for young professionals in ASEAN.
Mr. Glatthard outlined the challenges which young professionals in the ASEAN region face, which include factors such as cultural, social, political, and economical aspects, but at the same time gave practical tips on how to overcome those challenges. He especially emphasized the need for perseverance if one wants to have a successful career in the ASEAN region.
After the presentation of Mr. Glatthard, we were very happy to listen to a presentation with a slightly different format. Mr. Tobias Weisskopf, who is a part of our delegation, shared his experiences on Asia together with the project management team and his fellow delegation members. His insights included facts not only from Southeast Asia, but also East Asia as well, which enabled our delegation to also hear something about a different region in Asia.
After two interesting presentations, our communications team consisting of My Linh Nguyen and Anita Ferrara took some nice group pictures of the delegation and individual portrait photos of each exploreASEAN delegate.
In the afternoon, three roundtable discussions were scheduled. The experts for our roundtable discussion were Dr. Teresa Freiburghaus, Head of Southeast Asia Center at our university and exploreASEAN supervisor, Mrs. Le Anh Huyen Tram, who is a lecturer at the University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City, and Mr. Jonas Franceschina, Purchasing Manager SCM at 3S Solar Plus. They all kindly shared their advices and experiences for the ASEAN region in a very interesting discussion format.
On our first and second day of our preparatory seminar we learned a lot about the ASEAN region and our destinations to be visited soon already, so on this third day of our seminar, the project management team planned things a little differently. Today, two company visits were on our schedule!
Our first stop today was Biel, where the headquarter of our Gold Partner DT Swiss is located. We are honored that DT Swiss was our Gold Partner for the second consecutive year, and we were thrilled to visit their site today. After a short presentation on the history of the company and some insights into their business, we embarked on an insightful tour through their production halls in Switzerland. Our delegation was amazed at the precise manufacturing machines of DT Swiss, which enable them to produce high-quality bicycle components. We were furthermore fascinated by the quality measurement procedure which DT Swiss applies to all of their produced wheels. The project management team was also delighted to have met David Grossenbacher, a former project manager of exploreASEAN, who is now working for DT Swiss and gave us a presentation about employment opportunities at DT Swiss. At this point, we would like to express our thanks to DT Swiss for their lasting contribution and support towards our project.
After an exciting morning, we went off to the city of Basel by coach. On the ride to our next company visit at F. Hoffmann-La Roche, we enjoyed a nice lunch bag which was provided to us from Hotel Arte in Olten.
At Roche, we were greeted by Dr. Volker Herdweck, who delivered a presentation about opportunities at Roche and gave us useful tips about how to apply to companies in the future. His tips were important insofar, as all delegation members are last-year students who will graduate in summer 2019. We finalized our day with a visit to Pebbles Lounge, which is on top of Roche Tower (the tallest building in Switzerland), where we could enjoy the beautiful sunset over the city of Basel.
Today marked the second day of our Preparatory seminar. After an intense first day, we started at 9:30am with an interesting presentation by Mrs. Mei Qin Schärer-Lim, who gave our delegation insights into one of our on-site destinations Singapore. Mrs. Schärer-Lim is an alumni of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland and was also part of the project management team of an earlier edition of InsightChina, and thus perfectly understood how our delegation should be prepared for our On-Site trip.
At 11:00am, we were especially honored to welcome Dr. Muliaman Hadad, Ambassador of Indonesia to Switzerland, who gave us a fascinating presentation about the ASEAN region and the country of Indonesia. We were curious to learn about key numbers in the ASEAN market and very happy that Dr. Muliaman Hadad also included aspects of this year's theme "Coopetition in ASEAN" in his presentation. We would at this point again like to express our sincerest gratitude for his presentation and support for our preparatory seminar.
After our lunchbreak, we were happy to welcome Mr. Patrick Kriesemer back, Vice-President of the Swiss-Asian Chamber of Commerce, who already presented an overview of the ASEAN region on our first day of our seminar. Today, Mr. Kriesemer again paid a visit to our seminar to work on ASEAN case studies together with our delegation. At this point, our sincerest thanks to Mr. Kriesemer as well for his valuable time and interesting insights he offered us.
The last presentation of the second day of our seminar was held by Mrs. Minh Tran, Head of Corporate External Communications at TE Connectivity. She gave us another interesting presentation with the title: Newsroom: Giant Networks, gentle communication - every connection counts.
At the end of the day, the project management team was happy to offer an apéro to our delegation for the purpose of networking with each other. This time together certainly increased the anticipation for our upcoming On-Site trip to the ASEAN region!
The exploreASEAN preparatory seminar, the first milestone of our project, has finally started today. The aim of our preparatory seminar is to brief our delegation about our upcoming trip to Southeast Asia.
At 08:30 this morning, all the students participating in one of the international student projects met at the auditorium at Campus Olten, where Dr. Crispino Bergamaschi, President of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland gave an opening speech, followed by Mr. Marc Blaser who is the CEO of our Main Joint Partner Blaser Swisslube with his highly motivating speech.
After those two speeches, all delegations proceeded to their individual rooms to learn more from expert speakers about their regions. In our case, Patrick Kriesemer, the Vice President of the Swiss-Asian Chamber of Commerce (SACC) started the individual part of the day with an interesting overview about the ASEAN countries Not only gave he us interesting insights into the ASEAN business world, but also strategic advices, which we will directly apply in a workshop with him tomorrow.
After his speech, we were honored to welcome Mrs. Sutthathip Vathiphund, Counsellor of the royal Thai embassy in Berne, who gave us another interesting presentation about cooperation in the ASEAN market. Did you know that Thailand assumed the ASEAN Chairmanship for 2019 and focused on the theme “Advancing Partnership for sustainability”?
In the afternoon, our supervisor Dr. Teresa Freiburghaus held the next presentation, giving a speech about country insights in Vietnam. Her presentation was a perfect preparation for our delegation for our time together in Vietnam.
The same applies to Mr. Syarif Hidayatullah, who delivered a presentation about country insights into Indonesia. His authentic presentation style enabled him to connect to our delegation quickly and giving them insights into the culture of Indonesia.
The last presentation of the day was held by Mr. Tuck Seng Low. We were very honored to welcome Mr. Low for the fourth time already in our preparatory seminar. His presentation about reskilling the workforce on Singapore for the Industry 4.0 was a felicitous closing speech for our most interesting first day.
We are happy to announce the Basler Kantonalbank Group with Bank Cler as their subsidiary as our Gold Partner for the 2018/2019 edition of exploreASEAN. BKB and Bank Cler are offering banking and financial services to their clients and with their generous contribution, they support our project significantly. Currently they are also looking for motivated soon-to-be graduates for different trainee programs or entry-level positions!
In collaboration with all other international student projects, we would like to express our sincere thanks for the continuous support of our main joint partner Blaser Swisslube.
In order to celebrate their support, we created a video which shows how their iconic barrels accompany us over the course of our project.
Please find the video here