OSTA attends the new year reception of WRSA

networking between alumni from Austria and Germany


Photo: Mr Agathonos held an opening speech at the reception

19 January 2019 – The Sub-Association of Chinese Academics from Germany and Austria of the Western Returned Scholars Association (WRSA) organized its new year reception 2019 with over 150 alumni in Beijing. Mr Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary, Director of OSTA, attended the reception and gave an opening speech.

WRSA is a national association of returned Chinese students from overseas and has more than 220,000 members. It connects more than 100 associations of Chinese scholars overseas.

 

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OSTA’s New Year Reception 2019

Showing our gratitude to Partners and Alumni at the Austrian Embassy


Photo: OSTA´s New Year reception

On 15 January 2019, the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA Beijing) successfully held its traditional New Year’s Reception at the Austrian Embassy. Mr. Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA opened the reception expressing his gratitude to our partners in the public administration, in university and research institutions and leading high-tech companies. He particularly welcomed our alumni, who an important link between Austria and China and the guests, who traveled from Tianjin, Shenyang, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Jiaxing, Chengdu and Shenzhen to spend an evening at the Austrian embassy. All in all over 130 guests enjoyed the Austrian hospitality and used the opportunity for some intense networking.

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Christmas party in Beijing

Communicating between Alumni from Austria and Germany


Photo: OSTA as Co-Organizer


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On 23th Dez.  KayTrip, a Chinese Travel Agency with a growing focus on the (Central) European market, organized its annual Christmas party in Beijing and invited the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy (OSTA Beijing), the German Embassy, the Sub Association of the Western Returned Scholars Association and the Economic Development zone of the city of Xingtai to act as co-organizers. More than 200 Participants came together to enjoy traditional Chinese music and Glühwein served at Christmas markets across Central Europe.

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Austrian Alumni Session at the Beijing Humboldt Forum 2018

Building a coherent Alumni network through exchange of experiences between the Chinese and Austrian Alumni

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The Beijing Humboldt Forum 2018 hosted by the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) and The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) and co-organized with partners including the Austrian Embassy Beijing and the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria (FH OOE) was held from 15. to 16. September at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing. At the opening ceremony Mr. Friedrich Stift, Austrian Ambassador to China and Mongolia gave an opening speech. After his speech Ambassador Stift was appointed as Honorary Professor and Co-Director of Austrian Cultural Center at the UIBE.

On Sunday, September 16th numerous parallel sessions were held. The Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA) organized for the fifth time an Austrian Alumni Session.  The international chair Mr. Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology at the Austrian Embassy Beijing, and the national chair Ms. LI Xiaoxin, Vice Director of WRSA & Director, Sub-Association of Chinese Academics from Germany and Austria of WRSA opened the Alumni Session.

More than thirty Alumni from various areas participated at the Austrian Alumni Session. Under the topic „ Science and Technology as a link between Green Economy, Cultural Heritage and Life Science“ the Alumni Session was composed of three parts. Twelve Alumni, six Chinese and six Austrian, gave presentations. The Austrian Speakers were Mr. Martin Thenmayer, Head of Unit for Liaison Services and Coordination, Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research, Mr. Arnold Obermayr, Cultural Counsellor of Austrian Embassy Beijing, Ms. Alexandra Wagner, Head of the Austrian Center Shanghai, Mr. Wolf-Dieter Rausch, President of the Eurasia Pacific Uninet, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Mr. Dieter Hopf, director of Large Hydro Andritz and Mr. Andreas Zehetner, Vice President International Affairs, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. The Chinese Speakers were Mr. Zhao Tuanjie, Doctor in the Beijing Erlonglu Hospital, Ms. Lin Yihui, CEO of Yozao Education, Mr. Wang Likun, director assistant of Kaytrip, Mr. Liu Guangzhe, office Manager, Sino-Austrian Research Center for Environmental Protection in North West University of Agriculture and Forestry, Mr. Lin Qunhan from the Beijing Jiulong Shangyuan Health Technology Co. Ltd. and Ms. Gu Wenyan, a Ph.D candidate at Fudan University who gave a reading of an Excerpt from her newly published novella “Dimu”.

The Austrian Alumni Session at the Beijing Humboldt Forum provided a platform for Alumni to socialize and strengthen contacts and was unanimously recognized and applauded by all participants

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OSTA visits TIPCCAS in Beijing

Discussion of opportunities for further cooperation

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In preparation for the Austrian delegation trip in the field of Advanced Materials which will take place in November 2018 in close cooperation with CAS, Mr. Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA visited the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (TIPCCAS) on 12. September and had an exchange of views with Deputy Director Mr. WANG Xuesong. Both sides reviewed the successful Chinese-Austrian round table on advanced materials in 2016 and agreed to co-organize a one-day event including lab visit, science-to-science talks and B2B meetings this year.

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OSTA’s new year reception

2018 starts with large gathering at the Austrian embassy

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Photo: Philipp Agathonos gave an opening speech on the new year reception

On 16 January 2018, OSTA (Office of Science and Technology) successfully held the new year reception at the Austrian Embassy Beijing. The reception was opened by the host Mr Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology, director of OSTA and HE Ambassador Friedrich Stift with sincere greetings to over 100 guests from EU Delegation, other EU-Embassies and partners from near and far such as CCUD (China Center of Urban Development), MOT (Ministry of Transport), CGS (China Geological Survey), EUPIC (EU Project Innovation Centre) Chengdu and Qingdao, ZJST (Science and Technology Department of Province Zhejiang),  representives from Tsinghua University, Peking University etc. and many Alumni of Austrian academic institutions.

All guests enjoyed the Austrian hospitality and the networking opportunities offered by the great variety of experts present.

 

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2017 Austrian Alumni Christmas Event in Shanghai

 

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Photo: An Austrian Alumnus sharing his experiences

On 9 December 2017, the Austrian Alumni Christmas Event was held at Intercontinental Shanghai Expo Hotel. Hosted by the Austrian Center Shanghai and co-sponsored by OSTA, this event has gathered over 80 guests with Austrian affiliations and experiences. OSTA Director Minister Plenipotentiary, Mr Philipp Agathonos, attended the event with a short speech on the current as well as the future role of OSTA in strengthening the Austrian Alumni network in China.

The event was moderated by Alexandra Wagner, the head of the Austrian Center Shanghai, and opened by Mrs Brigitte Seyrlehner, Consul-General of Austria in Shanghai. After speeches of the sponsoring parties and one alumna, all presenting alumni were engaged into conversation and the prize-drawing of a round-trip ticket to Vienna. The event ended with promises to tightening the Alumni bond, as well as networking measures, such as an updated WeChat group for the Austrian Alumni.

EU-China Research and Innovation Tour comes successfully in Suzhou to an end

Further opportunities for science and technology cooperation with Austria

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Photo: Philipp Agathonos held a speech about the current and potential cooperation with Austria in Hefei

After the launch of the EU-China Research and Innovation Tour at the Italian Embassy on 27th October 2017 in Beijing and the station on 1st November 2017 in Hangzhou, the Tour continued its track further to Shenzhen, Changsha, Wuhan, Hefei, Shanghai and ended on 1st December successfully in Suzhou. Representatives from the EU Delegation, Austria, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and Croatia attended the events. They introduced their current situation on science, technology and innovation and presented opportunities for bilateral cooperation with China.

In Hefei station Austria was represented by OSTA Director Minister Plenipotentiary, Mr Philipp Agathonos. Max Pfeiler covered all other stations. They held speeches presenting the current and potential S&T cooperation between China and Austria. In Hefei Prof. Kai CHEN, Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale and Department of Modern Physics, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), a collaborator of Austria’s most prominent Chinese alumnus, Prof. Jianwei PAN, gave a testimonial on cooperation in field of quantum communication following the speech of Mr Agathonos.

The EU-China Research and Innovation Tour received great responses from local S&T departments and created more opportunities for mutually beneficial cooperation with a variety of covering areas in the promising future.

 

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Austrian Participation at the Beijing Humboldt Forum 2017

Memorandum of understanding was signed between the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) and Eurasia-Pacific Uninet (EPU)

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 Opening by Philipp Agathonos

17. September 2017 – OSTA had – for the fourth time already – the honor to organize Austrian participation at the Beijing Humboldt Forum 2017, which was held from 15. to 17. September at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing.

The opening ceremony was hosted by Prof. Wang, the President of UIBE. The opening session also included some words of introduction spoken by Philipp Agathonos, the Director of OSTA and a speech by former Federal Minister Dr. Friedhelm Frischenschlager on the State of Play of EU-China Relations.

On Sunday, 17 September BHF participants were invited to join one or more of numerous parallel sessions, three of which were Austrian-led. The University for Applied Science from Upper Austrian held a discussion on the “Value Chain“, while the (EPU) organised a session by Professors form the Vienna University of Veterinary Science addressing the very topical issue, “what can veterinary scientists achieve towards Healthy Food”.

OSTA chaired a session of Austrian Alumnis at which two Alumnis, Ms Wenyan Gu, PhD student (Modern Chinese Lterature) at the Fudan University and participant of the European Forum Alpbach 2017 and Dr. Ming Su, Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science, Nankai University, Tianjin gave lectures from their field of work and talked about their experience in Austria. The second part of the Session consisted of three presentations: a general overview of the current situation of cooperations between Austria and China in the field of science and research (OSTA), a presentation of the activities of the OeAD in China (Ms. Wagner) and a presentation of the activities of the EPU (Prof. Rausch).

Following this session a memorandum of understanding for a future strategic partnership, between the UIBE and EPU, was signed by Prof. Rausch, Prof. Wang, the President of EPU and Prof. Zhao, the Vice President of UIBE.

The BHF was concluded by a closing ceremony to which all speakers and partners were invited to reflect on the past days.

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Austrian Alumni Session at Beijing Humboldt Forum 2016

Nine speakers with manifold professional background delivered inspiring speeches

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Photo: Peter Schintlmeister, Li Jingjing, Ambassador Irene Giner-Reichl, Andreas Zehetner at the closing ceremony

18 September 2016 – In the framework of the Beijing Humboldt Forum 2016, which was held from 16 to 19 September at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing, OSTA had – for the second time already – the honor to organize an Austrian Alumni Session. Under the heading “Fostering Cultural Heritage through S&T Exchange”, 27 experts from China and Austria, who studied or worked in Austria or China, respectively, came together to catch up with other Alumni.

The Alumni were warmly welcomed by Prof. Feng Xiaohu, general secretary of the Beijing Humboldt Forum, Prof. Zhao Zhensheng, vice chairman of the Chinese Overseas-Scholars from Germany and Austria Section of the Western Returned Scholar Association (WRSA) and Peter Schintlmeister. Nine speakers, Arnold Obermayr, Li Jingjing, Prof. Wolf-Dieter Rausch, Prof. Zhao Zhensheng, Prof. Andreas Zehetner, Dr. Jiang Dechun, Prof. Alfred Pitterle, Prof. Zhang Lixiao and Peter Schintlmeister, who looked back on up to 38 years of bilateral cooperation, focused on personal experience, cultural aspects such as opera and music, and environmental protection. After the session, all Alumni were invited to participate in the closing ceremony of the Beijing Humboldt Forum.

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