BSwiss International Business Summer School 2017

From 23 July to 4 August, our International Summer School offered a comprehensive experience of Swiss business, politics and culture.

For years, Switzerland has been ranking as the most competitive country and the global innovation leader in the world.

The BSwiss International Business Summer School 2017 at Campus Basel aimed at providing Swiss and international students an insight into how Switzerland has achieved this status with the contributions from the government and companies.

The 2-week programme offered the students a mixture of classroom lectures and field trips, focused on the three main themes: international competitiveness, innovation and migration. Forty students from ten countries came together and engaged in a lively academic and cultural exchange.

Group photo of the Summer School participants in Bern
Having a good time in Bern (photo: Barbara Binz)

Diverse topics

For the participants this year, the highlights of the Summer School included the institutional and company visits. At the Institute for Intellectual Property in Bern and the State Secretariat for Migration in Zurich, presentations given by experts on “Intellectual Property Rights”, „Competitiveness of Swiss Economy & Swiss Growth Policy” and “Accelerated Asylum Procedures and Labour Force Integration of Asylum Seekers” facilitated students insights into the polices and the implementing procedures in these fields.

Participants of the Summer School attend a presentation the Institute for Intellectual Property
At the Institute for Intellectual Property, the participants of the Summer School gained insights into the management of copyrights in Switzerland (photo: Fan Neifer).

The innovative spirit and the entrepreneurship presented by Megasol, a Swiss-based and internationally successful provider of solar panels, have impressed all students. The unique experience at Juch Asylum Accommodation Center in Zurich had profound impacts on students to develop an understanding for the social and humanitarian dimensions of the current situation of refugees.

Business and culture

The Summer School offered the opportunity to dive into the cultural side of Switzerland as well. Students were taking part into the city tour of Basel and the day trip to Stanserhorn. The beautiful landscape under the summer sky brought the hilarious atmosphere for the whole group.

Students and lecturers alike look back on a successful and enriching experience that keep them in touch not only within Switzerland, but also with the cultural backgrounds of everyone involved.

The next BSwiss International Business Summer School will take place from 22 July to 3 August, 2018.

Further information:

Website of the BSwiss International Business Summer School


Fan Neifer

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