ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – The QS World University Rankings 2011-2012, published independently since 2010 and considered one of the main global education ranking systems, show EPFL in Lausanne slipping from slot no. 32 to 35, but ETHZ in Zurich holding its no. 18 place, just behind McGill in Canada and ahead of Duke in the US. [...]
LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The 362 doping tests run for the July 2011 swimming World Cup in Shanghai have all come back negative, FINA (world swimming federation) announced 22 August from its head office in Lausanne. The tests included 311 urine samples and 51 blood tests.
BERN, SWITZERLAND – AP news agency reports Tuesday 7 June that Albert Einstein and Confucius won’t be part of a joint museum exhibit in Shanghai after talks ended between the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum and Bern’s Historical Museum. The Bern museum’s exhibit on Einstein, a son of the city, is currently on tour in [...]
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Hainan Airlines, one of the fastest-growing airlines in the industry and China’s fourth largest, starts three-times weekly flights between Zurich and Beijing Tuesday 31 May, the beginning of what promises to be stronger aviation ties between Switzerland and China. Swiss is reportedly targeting Zurich-Beijing as one of its next offers, possibly linked [...]
Walt Disney Co. is set to open a $4.4 billion amusement park in Shanghai in 2016. The ground-breaking ceremony for the new park took place Friday 8 April. This is the company’s first venture onto China’s mainland and it follows the opening of Disneyland Hong Kong in 2005. However, there are fears that the resort faces a gloomy future: [...]
Three Zurich polytechnic (ETH) design students have created a remarkably airy and graceful dome from cardboard circles, called Packed. The project was displayed in November in Shanghai, China, as part of the 3D paperArt exhibition at the Shanghai Museum of Arts and Crafts. It is suddenly coming to life again on the web, on a [...]
Number of deaths in highrise fire in China put at 53; four arrested A 15-year-old building in a poor neighbourhood in New Delhi, India, collapsed late Monday 15 November, killing 66 people and injuring at least 70 (Times of India reports 80 injured) of the 200 who are believed to have been living there. Authorities [...]
A highrise in central Shanghai (map below: Jiaozhou Road and Yuyao Road intersection) that housed mainly teachers from nearby schools, many of them retired, caught fire early Monday afternoon 15 November and at least 40 people appear to have died, with scores more taken to hospital for treatment. The fire was brought under control within [...]