Seminar: How to Understand Contemporary China

An Introduction to a Nation That Is Changing Itself and the World

Shanghai skyline

China’s rise to the global stage is the biggest story of our times and will shape the world for decades to come. Understanding it and assessing the conflicting reports about China requires a structured knowledge of the historic, economic and cultural basis for China’s rapid ascension. This intensive seminar featuring international and Swiss experts will provide you with the tools to analyze China’s rise and identify the opportunities that come with it. 

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Success Factors

China and its rise affect everyone – whether a company has business there or not. Understanding the economic, political and cultural shifts this brings with it is key to stay ahead for Western businesses, NPOs and governments, and to identify opportunities and potential threats. This seminar gives you the analytical tools to gain a deeper understanding of contemporary China. 

The seminar is organized by Asia Society Switzerland in collaboration with the HWZ Hochschule für Wirtschaft Zürich, one of Switzerland’s leading providers of continuing education. 


Key Contents

  • Chinese history: The last 4000 years
  • China’s economy: A macro view
  • China's digital rise
  • The political system: Efficient bureaucracy
  • Doing business in China
  • What the Chinese art market can tell us about China’s rise
  • Belt and Road: An ambitous plan


Your Benefit

In this seminar, you will

  • get in-depth insights on China’s history, economy, political system and language that help you understand what is happening today;
  • get hands-on insights on interacting with China on a political and business level from experts with decades of experience;
  • get the ability to analyze and assess future developments on your own.


HWZ Academy-Certificate «Understanding contemporary China»



This seminar is targeted towards senior executives in Swiss and international companies, NPOs and government agencies who are working with China, or want to include China’s development into their strategic decision-making process. The maximum amount of participants is 16.


Head of Studies

Nico Luchsinger

Nico Luchsinger
Co-Executive Director of Asia Society Switzerland



Kaiser Kuo

Kaiser Kuo
Former Head of Communications for Baidu and host of the weekly Sinica podcast

Margit Molnar

Margit Molnar
Head of China Desk at the OECD Economics Department

Jue Wang

Jue Wang
Lecturer, Leiden University; Associate Fellow, Asia-Pacific Programme, Chatham House

Andries Diener

Andries Diener
Partner at real estate investment firm Asia Green Real Estate and President of the Swiss-Chinese Association.

Dirk Schmidt

Dirk Schmidt
Tenured Senior Lecturer and Senior Researcher of China's Political Economy at Trier University

Uli Sigg

Uli Sigg
Former Swiss Ambassador to China and world-renowned collector of Chinese contemporary art



Thursday, October 24, 2019, 17:30-20:45:
Introduction (Nico Luchsinger & guests)

Thursday, October 31, 2019, 09:00-16:45:
The Making of Contemporary China (Kaiser Kuo)
China’s Economy (Margit Molnar)

Thursday, November 7, 2019, 17:30-20:45:
Doing Business in China (Andries Diener)

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 17:30-20:45:
China and the World (Jue Wang)

Saturday, November 16, 2019, 9:00-14:00:
China's Political System (Dirk Schmidt)
Closing: Conversation with Uli Sigg



HWZ Hochschule für Wirtschaft Zürich
Lagerstrasse 5
8004 Zürich



CHF 1790 incl. handouts, coffee and lunch break

Asia Society Switzerland members special fee: CHF 1690 



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HWZ Hochschule für Wirtschaft Zürich / HWZ University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration