According to the schedule of the Sino-Swiss Management Training Program for Sustainable Development (SSMTP4SD), 1 delegation of Chinese officials was sent to Switzerland for attending a 12-day training program at the University of Lausanne from 4th to 15th November 2019. The delegation was composed of 23 officials from 15 provinces and autonomous regions.
Most members of this delegation were directors of provincial or municipal organization departments, as well as directors of HR from the Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Science and Technology.
The objective of this 12-day intensive training was to make participants understand the assessment system of officials or employees in the Swiss government and international organizations. Through the lectures and field visits, the delegation improved their appraisal and evaluation mechanism on officials from the Swiss experience. Among the lectures, Christian Zehnder explained the positive and negative effects of incentives; John Antonakis introduced the leadership from the perspectives of expression and inspiration, and the lecture on Corporate Social Responsibility of Auret van Heerden was vivid and intuitive with case studies. Besides, the participants strongly agreed with the professor’s opinion that corporate social responsibility is the driving force for corporate innovation, and assuring this responsibility is to protect enterprises themselves. Guido Palazzo analyzed the integrity management from perspectives of behavior and culture, while Alain Salamin presented his course by answering questions, which was very popular with the participants. Participants also benefited a lot from Samuel Bendahan’s lecture on Political Decisions in Switzerland.
In addition to lectures at the University of Lausanne, the delegation also visited the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs Development and Cooperation Agency (SDC), the headquarter of World Trade Organization (WTO), and the Bank of Credit Suisse. The delegation was very satisfied with the program in which lectures and companies’ visits arranged were closely related to the training theme. They recognized a developed, beautiful and friendly Switzerland. Meanwhile what impressed the delegation the most was the tolerance towards different countries and races as well as the balanced urban and rural development. After the training the delegation reached the consensus that the 10th Senior Leaders’ program marked a satisfactory ending for the Fifth phase of this Sino-Swiss partnership!