Robotics’ trends in China: an opportunity for Catalan professionals and companies?

From http://www.eic.cat/jornades/1090600 (in Catalan)

The Comission on Industrial Policy and Technological Innovation of the College of Industrial Engineers of Catalonia  is organizing a technical session on December 3rd, 2014, aimed at ascertaining whether China and its trend in robotics can be an opportunity for Catalan professionals and companies.

China has become the main manufacturing company in the word taking advantatge of the competitiveness provided by its low labor costs. However, the recent years have seen steady efforts in automation and robotization of the productive processes, which has turned China into the main world market in the number of installed robots.

This session will explore the present situation of robotics in China, its incentives and the opportunities that it brings for the Catalan professionals and companies. The speakers have been chosen for their knowledge on the ground of this situation and they will explain it before having an opening discussion with the audience.

The speakers for this session are:
- Rosanna Terminio, Managing Partner, Asecorp China Business Consulting
- David Mayoral, Press Automation Systems, ABB Xina
– Representative of MEPSA (pending confirmation)

The moderator of the session will be Albert Ferrari, coordinator of the China Working Group of the College of Industrial Engineers of Catalonia.

The event will take place at 6 pm of December 3rd, 2014, at the headquarters of the College of Industrial Engineers, Via Laietana, 39, 5th floor, in Barcelona.

Online registration for College members 

Online registration for non-members

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Workshop on the advantages of Hong Kong for a structured growth in China

From http://www.eic.cat/jornades/1090021 (in Catalan)

The agreement to avoid the double taxing between Spain and Hong Kong gives interesting and clear advantages for the companies working and with interests on the area. This workshop will offer from a practical point of view which are the benefits of the investments in China via Hong Kong and which are the differences introduced by the signature of the agreement. The workshop will also offer patterns of introduction into the Chinese market through the example provided by real companies.

The speakers of this session will be:

Stefano Passarello, Managing Partner a People & Projects Ltd.

- Siegfried Verstappen, Senior Investment Promotion Executive. Invest in Hong Kong Brussels

- Màrius Rossell, CEO at SOLUTIONS TRILOGI SL

The event will be presented by Carles Palomo, Business Director at ROBERLO S.A.

This workshop will take place on September 23rd, 2014, at the headquarters of the College of Industrial Engineers of Catalonia, Via Laietana, 39, 5th floor, Barcelona.


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Posting and living a parents’ life

You might have noticed that lately we haven’t been posting much here as before, but we have a good reason for it: our first son is due to be born in early October. As new parents, we have been busy with all the things related to this unique moment: from the periodical medical examinations to preparing everything at home to receive and to nurse our baby. It’s been more time consuming than we could have ever expected beforehand!

Since most of the blogging was done at night, after our working and home dues were done, we have found ourselves with little time and energy to keep this activity at the previous pace. And in the forthcoming months, when the baby is born, we should expect the trend to go worse. Of course, we will have far more important things to take care, apart from running the  blog.

So, future posting will here become more sparse and difficult to predict. However, if anyone is interested in something to be published here, please don’t hesitate to drop us a note and pose the request. Also, if we can be of help with the translation from and to Chinese, we are also available.

Thanks and best wishes to all of our visitors, both frequent and occasional.

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Barcelona city council and Catalan government promote guide for Chinese investors

From http://www.casaasia.cat/noticia/detalle/213595-el-ayuntamiento-de-barcelona-y-la-generalitat-de-catalunya-impulsan-la-primera-guia-practica (in Catalan)

Barcelona headquarters of Casa Àsia hosted the presentation of the guide addressed to the Chinese investors that are planning to do business in Catalonia. The event was presided by the General Manager of Casa Àsia, Ramon Maria Moreno, of the Economic Counselor of the Embassy of China in Spain, Chen Yunming, of the relationship manager of Corporate Banking of ICBS in Spain, David Calet, of the Executive Director of  Promotion at Barcelona Activa, Josep Mª Marqués, and of the Industry General Director of the Catalan government, Antoni Mª Grau.

The Barcelona city council, through Barcelona Activa, and Invest in Catalonia ACCIÓ, from the Catalan government, have published the first guide addressed to Chinese investors and businessmen. The goal of this publication is to promote Barcelona and Catalonia as reference destinations for Chinese investments in southern Europe and the Mediterranean region, as well as to provide the basic information for the establishment of Chinese companies in Catalonia.

The guidebook has been published in Chinese and English and it has a detailed information about many aspects of life in Catalonia, from the cultural ones related to businesses to the regulations that apply related to taxes or workers’ rights. It also explains the reasons to invest in Barcelona and Catalonia and the steps to follow in order to apply for a working permit, or what it is needed for a Chinese company to establish in Catalonia.

The document can be accessed through the Slideshare page of Barcelona Activa:

[slideshare id=35478459&doc=cataloniabcnxines-140604082430-phpapp01&type=d]

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2014中国教育部认可西班牙大学名单

一、基本情况

西班牙的综合性大学有公立大学与私立大学两种。目前有公立、私立大学共77所。

博洛尼亚改革前,西班牙的学制分为三个阶段:

1、第一阶段教育(短期阶段,即“大专阶段”,三年学制,拿到的学位为Diplomatura)。大专毕业生可以继续进行同类学科第二阶段教育的学业,也可以直接或通过进修其他补充课程间接进入大学本科课程的第二阶段学业。

2、第一、二阶段教育(长期阶段,即完整的“大学本科阶段”,五年学制)。此种学业分为两个阶段,但通过第一阶段后并不颁发任何文凭,也不意味 着完成完整的学业或具备专门的职业资格。只有完成全部两个阶段的学业,学生才可按所学学科获得相应的学士学位(Licenciatura)。

3、仅第二阶段教育(即仅为“大学本科后两年阶段”)。此种学业为期2年,完成后可获得相应的学士学位(Licenciatura)。大专或大学本科已完成第一阶段学业的学生,可以直接或通过进修其他补充课程间接进入该阶段学业。

4、第三阶段教育(即“博士学业”)。获得学士学位的学生可进入本阶段学习。学生在完成相应的博士学位学习项目并并通过博士论文后,可获得相应学术领域的博士学位(Doctor)。

博洛尼亚改革后,根据2007年10月20日颁发的1393/2007号政令,西班牙大学开始实行欧洲通行的3-5-8学制。

5、第一阶段教育,四年学制,需要完成240个ECTS学分,获得相应学科的学士学位证书(Grado)。

6、第二阶段教育,一或二年学制,分别完成60或120个ECTS学分,获得相应学科的硕士学位证书(Máster)。

7、第三阶段教育,获得硕士学位的学生可进入本阶段学习。学生在完成相应的博士学位学习项目并并通过博士论文后,可获得相应学术领域的博士学位(Doctor)。

二、 院校名单

1、公立大学(49所)

1
拉科鲁尼亚大学
2
阿尔卡拉大学
3
阿利坎特大学
4
阿尔梅利亚大学
5
巴塞罗那自治大学
6
马德里自治大学
7
巴塞罗那大学
8
布尔戈斯大学
9
卡的斯大学
10
坎塔布里亚大学
11
马德里卡洛斯三世大学
12
卡斯蒂利亚拉曼却大学
13
马德里康普顿斯大学
14
科尔多瓦大学
15
埃斯特雷马杜拉大学
16
赫罗纳大学
17
格拉纳达大学
18
维尔瓦大学
19
巴利阿里群岛大学
20
安达卢西亚国际大学
21
梅南德斯·佩拉尤国际大学
22
哈恩大学
23
海梅一世大学
24
拉古纳大学
25
里奥哈大学
26
加那利群岛拉斯帕尔马斯大学
27
莱昂大学
28
莱里达大学
29
马拉加大学
30
米格尔·埃尔南德斯·德埃尔切大学
31
穆尔西亚大学
32
奥维耶多大学
33
帕布罗·德奥拉韦德大学
34
巴斯克大学
35
卡塔赫纳理工大学
36
加泰罗尼亚理工大学
37
马德里理工大学
38
瓦伦西亚理工大学
39
朋培法普拉大学
40
那瓦拉公立大学
41
胡安卡洛斯国王大学
42
罗维拉·依维尔基里大学
43
萨拉曼卡大学
44
圣地亚哥德孔波斯特拉大学
45
塞维利亚大学
46
瓦伦西亚大学
47
巴里亚多利德大学
48
比戈大学
49
萨拉戈萨大学
 2、私立大学(4所)
1
卡米亚斯大主教大学
2
德乌斯托大学
3
拉蒙尤以大学
4
圣帕布洛大学

 

 

University of the Balearic IslandsWikipedia: The University of the Balearic Islands is a Balearic Spanish university, founded in 1978 and located in Palma on the island of Majorca.

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Business meeting China – Catalonia in Barcelona to promote investments

From http://accio.gencat.cat/cat/agenda-activitats/actes/2014/04/el-foment-de-les-inversions.jsp (in Catalan)

The business meeting ChinaCatalonia that will take place on April 8th, 2014, is being organized in order to to strengthen the international relationship and the trade between them. This meeting will also be an excellent opportunity to highlight the importance of the internationalization of Catalan companies and also of the recent Chinese investments in Catalonia.

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Conference in Barcelona about the Chinese strategy towards global leadership

From http://www.casaasia.eu/actividad/detalle?id=213030 (in English)

On March 27th, 2014, the Centre for International Studies together with the Confucius Institute Foundation in Barcelona and Casa Asia organises a seminar on the external projection of China and its strategy towards the global economic and political leadership. This free event will take place at the Palau Macaya, Passeig de Sant Joan 108 of Barcelona between 3 pm and 7 pm.

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Barcelona holds a training session on “Business, Company and Protocol in China”

From http://www.casaasia.eu/actividad/detalle?id=213072 (in English)

Casa Asia and Confucius Institute, in collaboration with Barcelona Activa, are organizing a training session on “Business, Company and Protocol in China” scheduled for Tuesday 25th March 2014, from 9:30am to 14:00pm. The event will take place at the headquarters of Barcelona Activa – Incubadora d’empreses Glòries, Llacuna street, 162-164, in Barcelona. A recent announcement has noted that registration has reached room’s capacity and there are no further seats available.

Due to an increase in the economic and cultural relationships between China and Europe, the number of opportunities at professional, enterprise and business levels is also on the rise. This requires to bridge de gap between cultures and, with this in mind, Casa Asia and Confucius Institute in collaboration with Barcelona Activa have organised a free training course for business people and professionals in Barcelona. A similar event will take place in Madrid one day earlier.

Programme

Introduction: A general vision of business relations between China and Europe

The transition of the Chinese business world: economy and company management

  • Doing business in current China.
  • Business organization.
  • Foreign entrepreneurs in China.
  • Investigation in distribution and marketing processes.
  • Study cases

Coffee Break & Networking

Key points for intercultural communication to do business

  • Intercultural communication from a general perspective.
  • Management of human resources.
  • Specific aspects of intercultural business management in the Chinese case.
  • Beyond the concept of guanxi: interpersonal and professional relationships.
  • Non-verbal language, greetings and introductions.
  • Analysis of particular situations.

Welcome speech in Barcelona
Mario Rubert, Director of International Promotion of Barcelona City Council
Montserrat Riba, Secretary General of Casa Asia
Àngels Pelegrín, Co-Director of Confucius Institute of Barcelona

Speakers:
Eunsuk Hong, lecturer of Business & Management in China, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London University
Antonio Liu Yang, lawyer, university professor and founder of Mediterrasian Consulting

The lectures of the course will be delivered in English and Spanish.

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Catalan movie “Barcelona, nit d’estiu” displayed in Taiwan’s Euro Style Festival

From http://www.elterrat.com/?ft=4412 (in Catalan)

Poster of "Barcelona, nit d'estiu" by Dani de la Orden (image from the Euro Style Festival website)

Poster of “Barcelona, nit d’estiu” by Dani de la Orden (image from the Euro Style Festival website)

Barcelona, nit d’estiu” (“Barcelona, summer night”, “巴塞隆纳,我爱你”), directed by Dani de la Orden, is receiving accolades wherever it is displayed. After being granted with one Gaudí Award, for Joan Dausà in the category of Best Original Soundtrack, and being nominated to other two, as well as earning another nomination to a Feroz award, the Catalan movie is currently being exhibited at the Euro Style Festival 2014 (2014欧洲影展in台中), held in Taichung (台中), Taiwan (台湾), where it has also been received with enthusiasm.

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Barcelona citizen rescues HTC CEO from traffic jam and takes him to the MWC

From http://www.lavanguardia.com/tecnologia/mobile-world-congress/20140305/54402062926/htc-motorista-rescate-ceo.html (in Spanish)

Obdulio Herrera, the man that saved HTC's CEO Peter Chou from a traffic jam in Barcelona during the MWC 2014 (image from HTC's Spanish website)

Obdulio Herrera, the man that saved HTC’s CEO Peter Chou from a traffic jam in Barcelona during the MWC 2014 (image from HTC’s Spanish website)

During the recent Mobile World Congress 2014 held in Barcelona, Peter Chou (周永明), CEO of HTC, was travelling in a taxi when he found himself in the middle of a severe traffic jam. Sensing that he would not make it to the Mobile World Congress on time, he paid the taxi driver and asked him to find a motorcycle rider that could take him to the convention centre. So he stopped one, who gently offered himself to take him there and he even let Peter Chou to use his daughter’s helmet. Upon arrival to the MWC site -on time!-, the anonymous motorcycle rider refused to receive any kind of compensation from the HTC leader. After the event, Peter Chou started the quest to find and identify the man using the company’s blog and social media. Soon, the local media also started to spread the news and finally the man was identified: it was 53-year old Obdulio Herrera, who was surprised by all the fuss made around his act. As a reward, Obdulio Herrera has been invited by HTC to its most important event of the year, the presentation of the new HTC smartphone, that will take place in London on March 25th, 2014.

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