Why Explore China?
Most Swedes still see China as the country of copycats; a poor far-distance country that is learning from the West. This is simply not the reality anymore. The world has changed, the tides have already turned. Key innovations of today, such as dock-less bikes, high-speed railway, mobile payments, and e-commerce, are either started in China or perfected in China and then adopted by the rest of the world.
Sweden is a country well known for its many successful entrepreneurs who historically has built large global companies; like Volvo, IKEA, HM, AstraZeneca, Spotify and Skype. The last two mention started ten years ago. To remain competitive in a global market, we must understand what is happening in the world - and we believe that to understand the world, we need to understand China.
What is Explore China?
As a University student in Sweden, you have the chance be one of sixteen who yearly participate in this programme. During two weeks at the end of August, we will visit world-leading companies as well as local entrepreneurs active on the Chinese market - in Shenzhen, Beijing and Shanghai. The aim is to experience the scale and speed of what is happening in a rapidly changing world and to understand the role that we can play in this context. This programme is initiated by OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei.