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Our Mission

We advance the understanding of globalisation, foreign business structures and different cultures. We focus on the implications of globalisation on organisational strategies, structures and processes. We promote effective ways to deal with the challenges of global business by providing sound and relevant education, rigorous and relevant empirical research, and thorough yet speedy advice to private and public sector practitioners.

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The University of St. Gallen Takes Another Important Step to Enhance Its Cooperation with China

On 13th May 2017 in Beijing China, in the presence of President of Swiss Federation Doris Leuthard, Minister of Education of Canton of St. Gallen Stefan Kölliker and Ambassador of China to Switzerland GENG Wenbing, University of St. Gallen (HSG) of Switzerland and University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) of China formally signed the Cooperation Agreement concerning Sino-Switzerland Competence Centre (SSCC). The HSG was represented by President Thomas Bieger, and the Director of Research Institute of International Management (FIM-HSG) Prof. Winfried Ruigrok. The UIBE was represented by President WANG Jiaqiong and the Dean of China Institute of WTO Studies Prof. TU Xinquan.

SSCC aims to develop research projects to help enhance academic relationship between China and Switzerland and to strengthen the bilateral ties based on institutional development and support to managers, decision-makers and policy-makers. It will focus on various subjects such as China’s overseas investment and innovation, and its first project will research the China-Switzerland Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

On 12th May also in Beijing China, HSG and UIBE jointly organized the first Stepping Stone China Symposium on Globalization. Participants from governments, universities and industries of both countries extensively discussed subjects related to SSCC’s agenda, particularly the upgrading of the China-Switzerland FTA. It’s tentatively agreed that a second symposium will be organized in spring 2018 in St. Gallen Switzerland with the aim to share the first results of SSCC’s joint research projects.

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The Sweet Smell of Success: China food producer JiangXi KangDi visits SGBA

On 6th and 7th February, 2017, JiangXi KangDi Co.,Ltd, a manufacturing company specializing in decorative candy and chocolate products from China, visited the St.GallenBodenseeArea (SGBA) to explore potential collaboration with local chocolate producers. JiangXi KangDi is pursuing new concepts and ways for helping Swiss-made chocolate target the high-end Chinese market.

During a two-day visit, a delegation of Kangdi including the company’s Chairman and Sales Director, Mr. CHE Yulong and Mr. CHE Jinwei respectively, met with Serge Baumgartner, the SGBA’s Delegate for China, as well as with representatives of the local authorities to learn about the comprehensive investment advantages the SGBA can offer international companies.

An essential part of JiangXi KangDi’s highly informative trip was dedicated to familiarization and extensive interaction with several local chocolate business representatives and intermediaries to discuss the opportunities for future collaboration.

This visit is made possible through close collaboration between China Competence Centre (CCC) and SGBA, after the first meeting between Mr. Baumgartner and KangDi delegation in Shanghai, China, in November 2016.

JiangXi KangDi was founded in 1999 and is a manufacturer of decorative sugar sprinkles, chocolate pearls and other decorative candy products. Among the clients of KangDi are global food powerhouses such as Nestle, Kraft or Häagen-Dasz.