Christoph Gerber

BSc in Business Administration

During my academic studies, I have attended the courses Chinese 1 and Chinese 2. Those lectures raised my interest for the Chinese culture. In addition, I was part of the organization team for ChinaLive in Olten. This project gave me the possibility to work face to face with Chinese. After that I was looking for something to expand my knowledge on China. I am very interested in the economic situation in China, especially the part with the rising middle class. As I am going to work for an international company, which has establishments in China, it is the perfect opportunity for me to get to know more about China by participating in this project.

Clemens Stoll

BSc in Business Administration

This once in a lifetime opportunity gives me the chance to gain insight into the economic and social system of China. While visiting seven Chinese cities, I’m able to further broaden my horizon which will be beneficiary for my future career. I’m impressed of the recently passed five-year plan of China and I’m really interested in how they’d like to implement these development initiatives in the next years. The major advantage of participating in this project is to benefit from expanding my international network. I have a lively interest in learning more about Chinese business practices and its culture. All in all, I’m fascinated about how the Chinese challenge the status quo again and again.

Corinne Köpfli

BSc in International Management

I am very interested in intercultural communication and therefore, the Insight China project is the perfect opportunity to learn more about Chinese culture and business practices. In my opinion, China is the most interesting place to visit because no city resembles another one. Furthermore, it is important for any business student to learn more about opportunities in rising markets and being present before anyone else is.

Dario Seiler

BSc in Business Administration

When I joined the Information event for the international student projects, I quickly realized that this would be the perfect chance to discover China and to get an insight in its culture. Furthermore, it is a great opportunity to get in touch with many different international companies which are interested in well-educated employees. I am sure that such an opportunity just rarely appears. During the attendance of the context modules “Chinese 1” and “Chinese 2” I have learnt the basics of Chinese but also a little bit about the Chinese culture and habits. Additionally, China is one of the most powerful economies in the world which is another reason why a deeper understanding of it is crucial.

Dina Piljic

BSc in Business Administration

China is a very important partner of Switzerland, while their economic and political ties are strengthening. The Free Trade Agreement between these countries opened up lots of opportunities for Swiss and Chinese companies. This relation is key for the future and therefore to prepare myself, Insight China represents a unique chance to get insights into this context.

Driton Selami

BSc in Business Administration

I lived in Beijing for five months as an exchange student and got insights into the educational system, the business environment and the culture of China. During my time in China I was also able to travel across the country, visit minorities and rural areas. These invaluable experiences paved my way for the future. With the opportunity to be part of the project team of Insight China I can continue pursuing this path.

Elio Rasori

BSc in International Management

Over the last few years I had the chance to live for 6 months in both the US (Los Angeles and New York) and France (Paris), which widened my horizon immensely. However, till today, I never had the occasion to visit the Asian continent. Since my father travels for many years to Asia and especially to China, I have heard many fascinating stories about the country and the business environment which made me curious. Now, I believe it’s time to experience this by myself so I can draw my personal conclusion about China and its multifaceted culture.

Eva Juric

BSc in Applied Psychology in work, organization and personal psychology

There are several reasons, why I am interested in China. The cultural differences and the Chinese way of doing business have always fascinated me. But also its rapid economic growth and the fast-paced changes in its cities caught my attention. Fast economic growth is often connected with environmental problems. I am curious to see the future outlook of China and how the Chinese government handles these issues.

Fabian Frei

BSc in Mechanical Engineering

As a result of the economic growth there is an increasing demand for energy. Based on my professional experience at Beznau nuclear power plant and my specialization in energy engineering, my goal is to work in the energy sector after my studies. I am sure that I will be in contact with Asian companies in my future. For this reason it is a must to learn about and to understand the Chinese culture, the mentality and their way of life. Unfortunately, I did not have an opportunity to explore an Asian country yet. And because there probably won’t be another such opportunity in the foreseeable future, I want to seize this chance.

Fabian Ifanger

BSc in Mechanical Engineering

In the Module “China - Geburt einer Weltmacht” I have learned a lot about the culture and the history of China. This has increased my interest to discover the country, its culture and the Chinese mentality I have learned so much about. Nowadays in the industry there is no way to get around China. Technical developments and innovations from China are increasing so rapidly, that it became essential to know more about it. Their increasing price to performance ratio with their low manufacturing costs is impressive. Because of this, my professional experience in manufacturing and my specialization in production engineering I am eager to learn more about this industry.

Felix Trinh

BSc in Business Administration

As I have Chinese roots and a deep interest in the Chinese culture, I decided to attend a language school in Beijing for half a year to learn Mandarin. The culture, the people, the fast-economic development of this large and multifaceted country and of course this mind-blowing food culture overwhelmed me from day one. As I heard of Insight China, it was clear that I would apply as a delegation member. Here I am now and I highly appreciate this unique opportunity to be part of this prestigious project with an amazing and hard-working project team. I am looking forward to experiencing China from another point of view during our trip in April.

Josua Stierli

BSc in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology

Asia and especially China have been fascinating me for years. I have learned a great deal about Chinese culture and traditions from relatives that live in Beijing, but unfortunately I have not yet had an opportunity to visit this country. I am always amazed that it is possible to order a product from Asia, have it arrive in Switzerland in less than three weeks without any shipping costs and far less expensive than buying the same product here. I am curious how these companies work and how they succeed. Through my studies in Electrical Engineering I have a deepened technical background and would like to broaden my horizon in international business. I see this student project as an opportunity to explore the Chinese business practices and get in touch with the Chinese culture.

Laura Zimmer

BSc in International Business Management

The Insight China project interests me for many reasons. Firstly, I want to see in practice the theoretical concepts I have learnt about, including the importance of age and status, a strong focus on relationships and the hierarchical order in Asian companies. Secondly, I am extremely interested in this year’s topic of the Insight China project. The growing Chinese middle class and the general development of China as one of the world’s most important economies are vitally important themes for a student with an open, international outlook. Thirdly, China interests me from a cultural point of view. I have been fortunate enough to be able to travel extensively when I was younger, visiting many countries in Europe, the US, Australia and Central America. However I have never had the chance to go to Asia.

Martina Marti

BSc in Business Administration

I would like to outline the intensive exchange between China and the FHNW which increased my curiosity. This project represents a perfect opportunity for me to use the theory I have learnt during my major course “International Business in Asia”. This course gave me basic background knowledge which I would like to deepen during the preparatory seminar as well as during the on-site trip. Furthermore, I hope to expand my professional network within the Insight China delegation and with international partner companies and the experts. Due to the importance of a professional network in career development, it is a great chance for us.

Melina Schenkel

BSc in Business Administration

China has been very successful and is still succeeding in transitioning from being a "copy-cat" to being one of the most innovative countries in the world and a global leader when it comes to clean energy. Even though China's government still consists of only one political party, these developments have been remarkable and caught my attention. I am highly interested in seeing for myself how China has improved and how this transition affected local and foreign companies.

Mikel Tran

BSc in Business Administration

As a Swiss-Born Chinese, the political and economic relations between Switzerland and China have always been very exciting for me. During my exchange semester last year in Beijing, I was able to gain a profound knowledge of the international environment, while also receiving valuable insights into the culture on personal, professional and academic levels. These formative experiences motivate me to seize every opportunity to experience China and share my knowledge and insights with others. I firmly believe that being part of the Insight China Project will give me a platform to apply my passion for China and broaden my cultural and professional horizons.

Nadine Kirchen

BSc in Applied Psychology in work, organization and personal psychology

Being a part of this international student project gives me the opportunity to better implement my skills and learn new things in a whole new environment and context. Also to get an insight into the different companies is an enrichment for me because I could get a concrete impression for a future career abroad. In addition, China is a country that still has a lot of potential and is becoming increasingly important for Switzerland. I am looking forward to networking with the international and local partners of the private sector, which is an extraordinary opportunity that I would not want to miss. I am very happy and sure this program will be an unforgettable event.

Nena Maillet

BSc in International Management

I am originally from the US, and have lived in Switzerland for the past 5 years. I am keen on learning more about different cultures and regions, in order to use that knowledge in an international working environment. Coming into contact with companies and experts from China will allow me to get an in-depth first-hand look, and help me to learn new and valuable lessons. Being a part of the delegation is also a good networking opportunity, which is essential for final year bachelor students.

Pascal Fuhrer

BSc in Business Administration

I am pleased to be part of this one-time opportunity and visit a country on the move, beyond the aspect of economic growth. China will face a wide range of issues to overcome, and I am convinced this project enables us unique insights. My excitement for the Insight China project peaks in the upcoming on-site trip, where we will immerse ourselves in this totally different culture, seeing catchy and magnificent architectures and landscapes as well as meeting obliging and kindhearted locals.

Patrick Lüscher

BSc in Mechanical Engineering

A lot of products, which are sold in Switzerland, are imported from China and I am interested to learn where and how those products are manufactured. Also, a lot of Swiss companies have manufacturing plants in China. How do they choose the employees and how do they handle the cultural and business differences between China and Switzerland? Knowing more about this matter will really help to do business with Chinese companies or in China itself in the future.

Philippe Fluri

BSc in Business Administration

China's impact on the world economy is indisputable and it will become the biggest economy in the future. So, there are going to be a lot of opportunities but also huge intercultural challenges for Swiss companies. To have an insight in the Chinese business and cultural lifestyle is a unique chance to see and understand the country.

Selin Bürgis

BSc in International Business Management

机不可失,时不再来- Opportunity knocks on the door only once. This Chinese saying is very appropriate for my application and for the International Student Project. Being able to visit companies in countries far from Switzerland with a group of students and experts is truly an opportunity that will only knock on my door once. Countless foreign companies have branches in China; to get an insight into their business is of great benefit to me. The economy in China has grown astonishingly fast over the last decade. Even though this expansion has slowed down lately, China is still considered to be the motor of the world’s economy. But what are China's future plans? How is the country handling the growing middle class? These are important questions and I am eager to take advantage of this opportunity to get some answers.

Tobias Marti

BSc in Business Administration

There are so many reasons why I chose to apply for Insight China. However, the most important one is the fact that this project offers me the opportunity to discover China in a way I would never have been able to without it. Not only can we experience the massive differences between Swiss and Chinese culture but also we will get a real insight of how business is done in China. I am sure that this will enhance my further career opportunities and develop my understanding for global issues. Despite the professional learning curve, by taking over the responsibilities as a project manager I can grow as a person which makes Insight China one of my highlights during my studies at FHNW.

Valerie Can

BSc in Business Administration

My interest in international business especially in the Chinese culture as well as my eagerness to expand my network has made me apply for the project Insight China. In 2015 I seized the opportunity to explore Beijing and Shanghai for two weeks, which had amazed me and had me keen on learning more about the Chinese culture and business practices. Insight China is a one of a kind opportunity for students in their final year and the perfect chance for me to further understand international business in Asia.

Vannak Im

BSc in International Management

The studies throughout my exchange semester in Beijing have provided me with theoretical and practical insight into the different culture dimensions of China, while sparking my interest in this country. And it has not changed since then – I remain fascinated by this unique and dynamic culture. Insight China offers me valuable complements for my studies and will help me to further understand the Chinese culture and economy. It is a rare chance to experience the Middle Kingdom from a perspective that I otherwise could not undergo. I am convinced that being part of this project contributes to my personal and professional development in the best possible way and offers a great opportunity to broaden my horizon.

Xiaolu Zhang

BSc in Business Administration

I joined Insight China due to my affection for my home country. Introducing China to foreign people and let them understand China, has always been one of my life goals once given the opportunity. Moreover, being part of Insight China, I can enrich my organization and communication skills, empower my social competences and more significantly, working in a team to achieve our ultimate objective together. I am truly excited about travelling to China soon.

Yannick Godat

BSc in Business Administration

Discovering the culture of China as well as their business lifestyle is my biggest motivation to be part of the project. I can only imagine how precious the contact with a completely different culture such as China’s can be for my personal development. Further, I am also aware of China’s fast economic growth and its technological advancement. China is getting more and more important for the global economy. This is why I appreciate to get the chance to visit different international well-known enterprises in China and be able to build a unique international network.