Asia Society Switzerland is an independent Swiss foundation dedicated to Asia. Our mission is to foster Asia Competence and prepare Switzerland for a deeper and more sustainable engagement with Asia.
We are a non-partisan and non-political institution based in Zurich, founded in 2016. We are part of the global Asia Society network with 14 offices around the world: Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, Mumbai, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Seoul, Sydney, Tokyo, Washington D.C., and Zurich.
The Asia Society’s purpose is to navigate shared futures for Asia and the world across policy, arts and culture, education, sustainability, business, and technology.
Our Mission: Increase Asia Competence in Switzerland
Asia matters. For the last decades, the geopolitical and economical “center of gravity” of the world has continually shifted eastwards. Asia is no longer just a manufacturing hub, or a market opportunity – it is the world’s most populous and dynamic region. Asia, and what happens in Asia, influences Swiss society and businesses on every level.
To navigate an “Asian Future”, it is crucial to develop Asia Competence. We define Asia Competence not just as knowledge and understanding of Asia, but as an actionable skill including the ability to understand different viewpoints, and to access local and international networks related to Asia. In short, Asia Competence is the ability to operate in an Asian context.