The 10th Senior Leaders’ Program was successfully completed on the theme of “improving the appraisal and evaluation mechanism on officials”

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!


The 7th and 8th Senior Leaders’ Programs were successfully completed on the theme of “Cultivating and Selecting Young Cadres in State-Owned Enterprises”

In 2018, according to the schedule of the Sino-Swiss Management Training Program for Sustainable Development (SSMTP4SD), 2 delegations of Chinese officials were sent separately to Switzerland for attending a 12-day training program at the University of Lausanne from 4th to 15th June 2018 and from 5th to 16th November 2018. The first delegation was composed of 25 officials from 20 state-owned enterprises, such as China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), China Railway Engineering Corporation (CREC), Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), to name just a few. Most of them were directors of Human resource departments. The second group was made up of 22 officials from 17 provinces and autonomous regions including Zhejiang, Liaoning, Tibet, Hainan and Gansu. Most members of this delegation were directors of provincial or municipal organization departments, as well as directors of HR from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Development and Reform Commission.


The training was based on the theme of “Cultivating and selecting young cadres of state-owned enterprises”, aiming at showing Chinese participants how objectively and effectively the Swiss public sector, international companies and organizations design assessment models and content, and how they used and transformed the concept of performance assessment. The purpose was to improve the evaluation mechanism for Chinese officials with these specific practices and experiences in Switzerland.

Closely combined with the “Five Development Concepts”, the training forms were mainly divided into 3 types: 2 roundtables about Sino-Swiss culture and about innovation and entrepreneurship; 5 lectures including Leadership, Fighting against corruption, Performance and talent management, Incentives, and Corporate social responsibility; 5 field visits to the Swiss Development Cooperation Agency in Bern, the headquarter of Credit Suisse based in Zurich, and the World Trade Organization (WTO), International Labor Organization (ILO) in Geneva and Morand, a traditional local winery in Lausanne.



The Chinese participants were very satisfied with the training program and benefited a lot from it. They agreed that the roundtable had a flexible form with a highly participation of the delegation members. The Sino-Swiss roundtable has enabled the participants to further understand the similarities and differences between our two cultures.

The speakers shared their own practices and experiences on the factors and methods of promoting innovation and entrepreneurship, which inspired the delegation a lot. Meanwhile, the courses made participants learn how to improve their leadership, mobilize the enthusiasm of team members in order to achieve a shared vision. The Fighting against corruption course was vivid and instructive, focusing on scientific analysis and it served as an effective alert to participants by demonstrating the factors of corruption from the perspective of psychology and behavioral science. During the field studies, the participants were particularly impressed with their visits to the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs Development and Credit Suisse. Their recruitment model was a great inspiration to the delegation, and the human resources management of multinational corporations such as Credit Suisse and its training and promotion of high-end talents were very inspiring. It has won unanimous praise and strong recommendation from the members of delegation.



The 5th Action Learning Program was successfully hold for the Chinese delegation from Henan Province

In 2018, Henan Province made great efforts to promote high-quality and upgraded mass entrepreneurship and innovation. Within this context, 25 members were strictly selected from Henan Science and Technology Department and Zheng Luoxin National Independent Innovation Demonstration Zone.

The training was divided into two phases: Firstly, 2 Swiss experts were sent separately by HEC Lausanne to Zhengzhou, the capital city of Henan Province in September and November 2018 to train the participants for two weeks. The training content was about sustainable development with focus on Eco-innovation and Eco-industrial parks.

On 2 December 2018, the Chinese delegation arrived at HEC Lausanne for another two weeks of intensive training. The objective was to provide participants with a thorough understanding of the Swiss technological innovation system and on how the Swiss government optimizes support for innovation. The program closely combined the concept of innovation among the Five Development Concepts and arranged lectures on risk management, biopharmaceutical industry, Swiss and Lausanne University’s transfer of technological achievements, as well as a detailed introduction to Switzerland’s innovation support system (ie. how the canton of Vaud promoted and supported regional innovation projects), the Swiss government’s support policies for corporate innovation and the achievements of the Swiss Innovation Agency.

Through the case studies of ScanTrust and Logitech, the Swiss innovation ecosystem was analyzed by explaining how Swiss start-ups got support at all levels as well as the company’s internal innovation system.

In addition to the academic lectures, field visits across Switzerland were also an important part during the delegation’s stay in Switzerland. In coherence with their objectives, the participants visited the well-equipped laboratory of Biopôle, the largest biotechnology park in Europe, learned about the operation mechanism of the Geneva Industrial Land Foundation and the planning of the industrial park.

Generally speaking, the participants left with a great impression on this training in Switzerland. They learned about Switzerland from many aspects as environmental protection, culture, society and government services. With a tight schedule, they understood the Swiss innovation development as well as the concept of circular economy and green development, while realizing the Swiss way of life and customs.