|China is the largest developing country in the
world. Its rapid economic development has put great pressure on
its natural resources and environment. The central government
does show its important dedication to positive solutions. Switzerland,
with its great reputation in environment protection in the world,
is active in helping China on the environmental challenges with
financing project and technology transfer. Besides, China is an
attractive market for Swiss companies with environmental technology.
The Memorandum of Understanding signed in November 2003 between
the Ministry of Science and Technology of China and the Swiss
Government aims to strengthen scientific and technological co-operation
between China and Switzerland. On the other hand, Switzerland
fully participates in the EU' Sixth Framework Programme (FP6)
for Research and Development, which provides a new platform
for joint research between the two countries in life science,
public health, cell biology, nano-materials, fuel cell, etc.
The section of "Environment & Science" of the
Embassy webpage provides useful information on the Swiss
Mixed Credit solution for environment protection equipment and
services from Switzerland, historical projects financed by the
Swiss government, as well as useful links and information on
environment in China and Switzerland. As far as Science &
Technology in concerned, it provides information on joint research
projects and financing solutions as well as useful links and
information on science & technology in China and Switzerland.
The newsletter is a press clips for environment and research
in China. It also lists recent events and exhibitions related
to environment and science in China.
The information posting here is authorized by the Embassy of
Switzerland in Bejing.
The Story of the Month presents an overview of the domestic platforms for massive online open courses MOOCs in China. In science and technology, China's Lunar Rover wakes up after experiencing malfunctions. China is said to launch a 5 year study into the West Pacific Ocean System, aiming at strengthening ocean research. More than 50 science and technology officials in Guangdong province arrested for corruption. In education, Gorge Washington University abandons its potential plan to build campus in China.
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