Welcome to Chalmers International Taiwan Office

The Chalmers International Taiwan Office is one of a kind. In 2003 Chalmers University of Technology gave a group of students the opportunity to start up an office at National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) in Taiwan. Chalmers International Taiwan Office enables Chalmers University of Technology and their students to position themselves in Eastern Asia, a region which has undergone an amazing economic development during the last decades.

Combined with the exchange program with NCTU the Chalmers International Taiwan Office gives Chalmers students great opportunities. Apart from the exchange studies the office members visit companies and institutions in the East Asian region on the account of the office. Every year the office also publishes two issues of the Asia Magazine. The magazine contains articles about the latest technological and economical development in East Asia as well as practical information for those interested in studying or working in East Asia.

This website contains information for those interested in taking part in the exchange between Chalmers and NCTU. It also provides contacts information about the Chalmers Asia Alumni.

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Asia Magazine #23
April 9, 2014

Issue number 23 is now printed and released in Sweden!

You can grab a copy around the Chalmers Johanneberg campus. You can find it, among other places, in the student union house and the NCTU Europe office (Chalmers Tvärgata 1B). The magazine will be released on the 12th of April in Taiwan and will there be avalible at our office. Enjoy!

Main contents
· Cambodia's Fabeled Paradise Island
· Sumo Wrestling in Modern Japan
· Couchsurfing - The New Way of Travelling

You will find it here: Asia Magazine no 23





Asia Magazine #22
November 5, 2013

Issue number 22 is now printed and released in Sweden!

You can grab a copy around the Chalmers Johanneberg campus. You can find it, among other places, in the student union house and the NCTU Europe office (Chalmers Tvärgata 1B). The magazine will be released on the 11th of November in Taiwan and will there be avalible at our office. Enjoy!

Main contents
· Celebrating the End in Indonesia
· Ganges - A Polluted Godess
· The Search for the Best Coffee in Asia
· And Much More!

You will find it here: Asia Magazine no 22





AM21
May 15, 2013

The new number of Asia Magazine is now printed.

Now you can read Asia Magazine 21, it's available at CITO office, Chalmers Johanneberg campus and of course on this website. If you consider to study in Asia this issue and previous issues is a must read.

CITO 10 year anniversary
· Asia in Sweden
· Tintin in Nepal
· And much more.

Find it here: Asia Magazine no 21



Hampus Tengfjord





Delegation from Lund University visited
Mars 26, 2013

CITO were visited by a delegation from Lund University, Sweden. Some of the guests were Prof. Per Eriksson, President of Lund University and Mr. Anders Frick, Officer in Corporate Communications Office of Lund University. Anders Frick is also a CITO alumni!



Johannes Schygge





Visiting Volvo Trucks in Japan
Mars 8, 2013

On the last day of the CITO visit to Japan, representatives Johannes Schygge and Alexander Fornell visited Volvo Group Trucks in their Kiba office located in the southeast part of Tokyo. CITO met with Heather Partridge, VP of HR and Per Sundström, VP of Communications who shared their experiences of working at the Volvo Group and their experiences regarding working in Japan.

Partridge and Sundström talked about the history of Volvo Group Trucks, which consists of several brands that have been acquired by Volvo and one of them is UD Trucks in Japan (formerly Nissan Diesel). When the previous CEO Leif Johansson stepped down in 2010 and was replaced by Olof Persson who had previously worked as CEO for Volvo Construction Equipment a programme of streamlining Volvo was put in to place. The "streamlining" programme is aiming to make the companies that Volvo had acquired in the past more integrated with each other and to minimize the risk of cannibalization between brands. Partridge and Sundström have both come to Tokyo to help with the implementation of the programme by applying their experiences from working in Warwick, England and Gothenburg, Sweden respectively. Partridge also said that currently Volvo Group Trucks Japan does not take on interns but that the goal is to be able to do it in the future. However it is possible to apply for Volvo's 12 month International Graduate Programme via their online recruitment website and if one gets accepted one will get a chance to work three months abroad. CITO thanks Heather Partridge and Per Sundström for a great meeting!



Johannes Schygge and Alexander Fornell





Visiting ABB in Japan
Mars 8 , 2013

In Shibuya, Tokyo we had the opportunity to visit ABB K.K. Here CITO representatives Johannes Schygge and Alexander Fornell met with Tomoko Matayoshi, Head of Corporate Communications at ABB in Japan.

ABB operates mainly in robotics, power and automation technology areas. Today the company has been in Japan over 100 years, but can also be found in over 100 countries. This makes them one of the largest engineering companies as well as one of the largest conglomerates in the world. Matayoshi described the selling process of technology in Japan and the difficulties for non-Japanese companies. We also discussed the current focus in Japan on renewable energy after the Fukushima accident. Matayoshi described the benefits of working in Tokyo while explaining about the internships as well. These can be applied for through the Swedish website or through the international website. CITO thanks for a pleasant meeting with ABB!



Johannes Schygge and Alexander Fornell





Visiting Swedish Embassy
Mars 06, 2013

Sweden has a long history of being represented in Japan, at first it was the Dutch in the 19th century who aided by representing the union of Sweden and Norway. But it was not until 1907 after the dissolution of the union between Sweden and Norway that the first permanent representation was established. The current embassy in Tokyo was completed in 1991 and is one the largest embassies that Sweden has. On March 6th Johannes Schygge and Alexander Fornell met with Louise G%aring;rdestad, Third Secretary at the embassy who talked about the work that the embassy does as well as how it is to work at an embassy in a foreign country.

The goal of the embassy is to be the official representation of Sweden in Japan so that for example Japanese officials have someone to contact and also to spread awareness of Swedish innovations and culture. But Swedes in Japan can also contact them with questions. For example, after the earthquake in March 11 2011 and the Fukushima accident, a lot of people called who needed information. When CITO met Ms G%aring;rdestad was working with preparing for the international women%#39;s day on the 8th of March. She has a background of studying Political Science and working at the Government Office (Regeringskansliet) at the Department of Labour but transferred to the State Department (Utrikesdepartementet) and was thereby able to move to Japan. CITO also met with Stefan Öjersjö, General Manager at The Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan (SCCJ) who have an office in the embassy complex. Mr Öjersjö who is originally from Gothenburg talked about the work that SCCJ do in Japan which consists of being an organization for Swedish companies in Japan as well as being a place to meet and network with others. Since Mr %ouml;jersjö has lived in Japan for almost 30 years he had a lot of experiences to share with us how it is to work as a foreigner in Japanese companies. CITO thanks Louise Gårdestad and Stefan Öjersjö for taking the time to meet with us!



Johannes Schygge and Alexander Fornell





visiting hoganas in Japan
Mars 05, 2013

On March 5th, CITO representatives Johannes Schygge and Alexander Fornell traveled to Akasaka, Tokyo to meet a Chalmers Alumni from Mechanical Engineering – 1976. Carl-Gustav Eklund, Representative Director / President at Höganäs Japan K.K. who is an active part in the Swedish community in Japan, but also in CING Japan (Chalmersska Ingenjörsföreningen / Alumni Association).

Höganäs's core competence is in metal powder technology and some of the areas worked in are additive manufacturing, brazing, surface coating, inductor cores, electric drive systems & 3D parts for engines. The company is a major player with a history as one of Sweden%#39;s oldest companies. It is an international company with divisions in Brazil, China, Japan, Korea, North America & Europe. Mr Eklund with a background working as CEO for Volvo Nippon K.K. talked about how to be successful when working in Japan and understanding the culture. This interesting discussion was shared with students from Linköping University - Anton Birch-Tyrberg, William Holmkvist & Robin Linder. Carl-Gustav Eklund also explained that Höganäs tries to help students interested in internships, and that he continuously illuminates the value of having a student in the company to other businesses. CITO thanks for a warm welcome at Höganäs!



Johannes Schygge and Alexander Fornell





Swedish embassy in Japan
Mars 4, 2013

Situated in the bustling Tokyo district of Roppongi, which is home to multinational companies such as Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse lays the Swedish embassy. Here CITO representatives Johannes Schygge and Alexander Fornell met with Andreas Olausson, Commercial Officer at Business Sweden Japan.

Business Sweden Japan (formerly Swedish Trade Council Japan and Invest Sweden) is jointly owned by the Swedish government and by Swedish trade and industry companies with the goal of helping Swedish companies reach new markets abroad. With 57 offices all around the world it is a helpful tool for Swedish companies looking to expand beyond the borders of Sweden. Olausson with a background in economics at Uppsala University and working at Ericsson Japan talked about how Business Sweden works to help Swedish companies. A typical client can be a small or medium sized company in Sweden that wants to build a presence in Japan; in this case Business Sweden can help with everything from registering the company in Japan to acting as their representative in Japan. He also spoke about the incubator service that they first started in Japan which later spread to other offices around the world. CITO thanks for a very good briefing of Business Sweden and Japan!



Johannes Schygge





Visiting Handelsbanken in Singapore
February 22, 2013

CITO representative Viktor Mårdström went on yet another excursion into Singapore's busy and densely built financial district, the so-called Downtown Core. After getting lost several times and accidentally ending up in the office of Merrill Lynch, CITO was finally able to get to the meeting with Handelsbanken and its Singapore General Manager and Senior Vice President, Jan Djerf.

Mr Djerf is an experienced and long time expat in Singapore, having lived there for quite a few years. He also chairs the Swedish Business Association as well as being Vice President of the European Chamber of Commerce in Singapore. His long experience with the Singapore business community and banking in particular gives Mr Djerf a profound insight into what it's like being a foreign company operating in Singapore. He shares some of his views and knowledge about this topic in general while at the same time explaining about Handelsbanken and its operations in Singapore. Svenska Handelsbanken AB is a publicly traded Swedish bank that covers more or less the entire spectrum of banking activities, competing primarily in the Nordic market with the other three Swedish major banks SEB, Nordea and Swedbank. When discussing the business of the bank Mr Djerf paints a similar picture compared to when Bo Carlsson of SEB described his bank earlier this week; Conservative would probably be a good way to sum up Mr Djerfs elaboration on Handelsbanken, something Mr Djerf readily agrees with saying that the bank doesn't involve itself with any risky and complex financial instruments. Mr Djerf explains that Handelsbanken treats the Nordic countries and Holland as its home markets, while at the same time pursuing a major expansion of businesses and offices in the United Kingdom. This is due to what he describes as a very attractive business opportunity in retail banking for new entrants into the British market because of sub-par performance by local banks. In Asia, the bank has been established for a comparatively long time, much like SEB. Handelsbanken's main business in Asia is selling letters of credit and financing solutions for corporations from its home markets. The bank does not generally enter into business with local corporations. CITO would like to extend our warmest gratitude to Mr Djerf and Handelsbanken for hosting this meeting!



Viktor Mårdströ





Visiting SSAB in Singapore
February 21, 2013

West of Jurong Lake Park, on the outskirts of the Jurong Industrial District, lies the Singapore logistics hub of SSAB. CITO Representative Viktor Mårdström went there during his trip to Singapore to better understand how Swedish industrial companies operate in the region. Lars Juntti, Vice President and Head of Operations at SSAB Singapore, hosted CITO during the visit.

Most of the buildings that house the various international companies in the Jurong Industrial District are rather nondescript. SSAB's office is no exception to this rule and CITO would likely have found it very hard to get there were it not for the taxi driver who knew straight away where to go. Mr Juntti chuckles a bit when he's told of the difficulty of finding one's way to the premises, before he serves some coffee in his office. SSAB or Svenskt Stål AB is an iconic Swedish industrial company that specializes in manufacturing steel. Compared to the rest of the region Singapore is not a country that SSAB exports much steel to. Mr Juntti explains that although there are a few customers in Singapore, the bulk of the exports go to China these days. He also adds that this is one of the reasons why the SSAB office and warehouse in Singapore is so nondescript; its essentially just a logistics hub and storage. Mr Juntti shows CITO around the warehouse and some of the different types of steel that are being stored there for further shipment. The different types of steel typically varies in density, as well as whether or not they're resistant to corrosion. Mr Juntti also showcases the basic cutting tool that is available at the warehouse - it is capable of cutting simple forms and patterns out of a bigger piece of steel. If the cutting that needs to be done is more complex, SSAB enlists the services of one of its various sub contractors in Singapore. SSAB is thinking of moving further into selling steel to OEMs however and Mr Juntti states that such competences might be in-sourced in the future. Mr Juntti is moving on to work for SSAB in Shanghai in the near future, something he does not mind at all since he is of the opinion that life in Singapore quickly gets slightly boring. CITO wishes him the best of luck at his new job and thanks him and SSAB for hosting this visit!



Viktor Mårdström





Visiting SEB in Singapore
February 20, 2013

On the 20th of February CITO went to the Downtown Core, the famous financial centre of Singapore. This was the second time CITO representative Viktor Mårdström visited the area but navigating through the massive financial complexes was still quite challenging for someone not knowing exactly which way to go. In the end, CITO was warmly greeted by Bo Carlsson of SEB in its office at Collyer Quay.

Bo Carlsson is the General Manager of SEB in Singapore and treats CITO to a rather extensive presentation of SEB's operations in Singapore. SEB, or Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB, is a publicly traded Swedish bank that is one of the four dominating banks in Sweden, alongside Handelsbanken, Nordea and Swedbank. SEB Singapore is mainly focused on providing letters of credit and financing solutions to customers from its home markets, namely Sweden and Germany. SEB has a long history in Singapore and has been established since 1979. The office acts as a regional hub that has become increasingly important due to the rise of China and other Asian economies. The office has branch status and therefore conducts businesses in the region, unlike the Beijing office that only maintains representation. Due to its somewhat risk averse profile, SEB in Singapore primarily does business with known and well-established customers from its home markets, rather than actively seeking out businesses with local companies. Mr Carlsson explains that to the extent that SEB conducts business with local companies in the region, the bank always uses a local bank as intermediary. He does point out during his presentation however, that the single biggest business opportunity in the view of SEB Singapore is the increasing intra-continental trade in Asia. Since more and more Asian economies are gaining momentum, a possible opening up to local companies in the future is not off the table. CITO through Viktor Mårdström thanks Bo Carlsson and SEB for an interesting and informative meeting!



Viktor Mårdström





Visiting Volvo in Singapore
February 20, 2013

In the corporate maze that is the Jurong Industrial District, CITO found its way to Volvo Trucks and Volvo Construction Equipment. CITO representative Viktor Mårdström met with Simon Fransson, Manager of Marketing Strategy and Internal Communication at Volvo Trucks, as well as Anne Bast, Vice President of Corporate Communication at Volvo Construction Equipment.

Volvo Construction Equipment and Volvo Trucks are both subsidiaries of AB Volvo, developing and manufacturing industrial construction equipment and heavy-duty trucks, respectively. Both businesses are major players in their industries with Volvo Trucks being the second largest heavy-duty truck brand in the world. Fransson and Bast guided CITO through the operations of each business, as well as clearing up common misconceptions about how AB Volvo as a whole operates.

Fransson spent a few years in China before coming to Singapore and shared some of his insights about the two countries and business in Asia at large. He also explaind how important Asia has become to Volvo Trucks, as illustrated by the recent formation of the Dongfeng Commercial Vehicles in China together with Dongfeng Motor. Fransson also described the differentiation strategy of price and geographic markets of Volvo Trucks via its set of brands and stated that this was crucial to be able to capitalize on the market dynamics of different countries.

Bast has been staying in Singapore for quite a few years and told of her experiences working in the city-state as an expat, which are generally very positive. Singapore is a major business hub in the region and of utmost importance to Volvo Construction Equipment's recent focus on growth and expansion in the "BRIC" countries, called "Fit for the Future". The company manufactures heavy-duty machinery for use in excavation, mining and transportation, all of which are sectors that are currently booming in the emerging markets.

Many thanks to Simon Fransson and Anne Bast for hosting CITO during this very enjoyable visit!



Viktor Mårdström





Pub Quiz
December 21, 2012

CITO arranged a pub quiz in the office to show a common way for Swedes to entertain themselves.

We made our own questions with a mix of categories and difficulty and divided the participants into team with two or three people in each. We also served some pizza, snacks and soft drinks and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, even if some of the questions were really hard. In the end, the winning team was rewarded with a bottle of "glögg" and the lucky losers got some Swedish souvenirs as a consolation price.



Lisa Barrehag





Company Visit at Ericsson
December 14, 2012

All six members of CITO 2012 went to the outskirts of central Taipei, where we were able to find our way to Ericsson without too much trouble. We were greeted by Mathias Johansson, Göran Vetterstrand and Anthony Lien among others, who thoroughly presented Ericsson's operations in Greater China and Asia.

The Ericsson office building in Taipei is furnished in a distinctly Swedish fashion, which turned out to be a pleasant reminder of home as we were given a brief tour of some select areas.

Ericsson's business regions were introduced, as well as how operations in Greater China are conducted. Among Ericsson's 10 world wide business regions, Asia is the second biggest market trailing only North America. The increasing wealth as well as vast talent pool of China were identified as being of great importance to the company moving forward.

Anthony finished the presentation by describing Ericsson's commitment to talent management, presenting the company as a modern global actor that uses a sophisticated framework for maximizing the potential of its employees. We ended the meeting by discussing the possibilities of internships at Ericsson, which presents a promising prospect that will be further developed during the spring of 2013. We all very much enjoyed the visit and are very thankful that Ericsson had the time to receive us.



Viktor Mårdström





Lucia celebration
December 13, 2012

Traditional Lucia celebration, Swedish songs, sweets and drinks was very appreciated.

CITO celebrated Lucia at the office, where we started with singing some Lucia songs while the guests enjoyed some gingerbreads and "glögg". After that we chatted with the guests and answered questions about Lucia and Sweden. We also took the chance to teach the Taiwanese the Swedish traditional "dance-around-the-Christmas-tree", which was very funny and appreciated. It was a really nice evening with a lot of Christmas spirit!



Lisa Barrehag





Global Village Day
November 28, 2012

CITO participated in Global Village Day which for the second year was organized by the organization Aisec and was a chance for exchange students at NCTU to show culture and food from their countries

We had a booth in front of the library were we sold Swedish food and souvenirs. We also got the chance to present some Swedish music by providing the organizers with some famous Swedish songs. We were then able to listen to Roxette, ABBA and Swedish House Mafia from the big speakers during the whole day. During the day we also gave the visitors a chance to try playing "Kubb". Even though the weather was pretty bad with a lot of rain, this game still became very popular among the students.



Lisa Barrehag





Operation Plan Autumn of 2012
November 21, 2012

Chalmers International Taiwan Office

Operation Plan Autumn of 2012

Read it here: Find it here: OP 12



Hampus Tengfjord





Asia Magazine 20
November 11, 2012

The new number of Asia Magazine is now printed.

Now you can read Asia Magazine 20, you'll find it at NCTU campus, Chalmers Johanneberg campus and of course on this website. If you consider to study in Asia this issue and previous issues is a must read.

Read about how you should spend a night in Singapore

The best travel in Taiwan

And much more.

Find it here: Asia Magazine no 20



Hampus Tengfjord





Movie Night
November, 2012

The movie "Ondskan" (Evil) was showed in the evening to get a grasp of the Swedish culture.

After a night full of laughs, cries, gasps and a lot of chips, chocolate and candy everyone was amazed by the hard life of the swedes in the olden days. Also, the guests were content with the acting quality and the scenery presented in the movie.



Johannes Schygge





Company visit at Atlas Copco
November 11, 2012

Three of the office members visited Atlas Copco, after some troubles to find the office. David Goetschalckx and Winson D Devlin greeted us with enthusiasm and presented a well extensive presentation of Atlas Copco for the Asia region and the complete Atlas Copo Group.

David had just arrived in Taiwan and is going to work here for 3 month before going back to the main office and factory in Antwerpen, Belgium. He is in charge over coordinating distributors selling Atlas Copos product here in Taiwan.

The office was very modern and newly renovated but Atlas do not have any production there. The facility had a small warehouse to store spare parts and products already sold, about to be delivered to costumers.

During the visit we discussed some opportunities for Atlas to present themselves at NCTU to make the Taiwanese students aware of Atlas Copco. We also discussed the opportunities for internships and a bigger collaboration with the CITO office. We will see more in the future what kind of possibilities we can offer each others. The visit was very nice and we are happy that they could recieve us.



Jesper Wallén





Cinnamon Roll Day
October 17, 2012

NCTU students were invited to the office to try the delicious Swedish pastry.

To have a "fika" is a really important thing in Sweden, so naturally we had to have one at the office. Everyone was welcome to come and mingle, drink some coffe/tea/juice and taste our cinnamon buns!



Johannes Schygge





Floorball evening game
October 3, 2012

Chalmers International Taiwan Office invited the local Taiwanese students to try the Swedish sport floorball.

To round up the opening day, students who had not gotten enough were invited to learn how to play floorball in the NCTU gymnasium. During that evening there was a lot of sweat, many goals and a lot of fun!



Johannes Schygge





Official Opening Ceremony at the Office
October 3, 2012

Chalmers International Taiwan Office invited the local Taiwanese students to learn about Sweden and the Chalmers experience. Swedish food was served and enjoyed by everyone.

The mid-day event had happenings like an introductory speech, presentations from NCTU students who had been to Chalmers, a presentation from CITO and a lot of mingling! The office was filled with people and there was a lot of excitement.



Johannes Schygge





Floorball evening game
October 3, 2012

Chalmers International Taiwan Office invited the local Taiwanese students to try the Swedish sport floorball.

To round up the opening day, students who had not gotten enough were invited to learn how to play floorball in the NCTU gymnasium. During that evening there was a lot of sweat, many goals and a lot of fun!



Johannes Schygge





Official Opening Ceremony at the Office
October 3, 2012

Chalmers International Taiwan Office invited the local Taiwanese students to learn about Sweden and the Chalmers experience. Swedish food was served and enjoyed by everyone.

The mid-day event had happenings like an introductory speech, presentations from NCTU students who had been to Chalmers, a presentation from CITO and a lot of mingling! The office was filled with people and there was a lot of excitement.



Johannes Schygge





Joint Business Council Meeting in Taipei
September 19, 2012

Swedish Trade Council Taiwan, together with Swedish Chamber of Commerce and CIECA, hosted the 28th annual meeting to strengthen the business partnerships between Taiwan and Sweden.

The meeting had a lot of speakers from companies like Ericsson, Volvo Bus Corporation, Taiwan Telematics Industry Association, Chunghwa Telecom but also Mr. Gunnar Oom (State Secretary for Foreign Trade, Sweden) and Mr. Francis Kuo-Hsin Liang (Deputy Minister, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taiwan) had speeches.



Johannes Schygge





Three representatives from Shipping and Marine Technology department at Chalmers University of Technology visit CITO
September 5, 2012

Professor Karin Andersson, PhD Francesco Baldi and Selma Bengtsson visited CITO'ss office to hear about the office function and about NCTU.

They told us about their work and the IAME Conference, the reason for their visit in Taiwan. The International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) holds annual conference with representatives from academics, industries and governments. Karin Andersson, Francesco Baldi, Hannes Johnson, Erik Svensson and Selma Bengtsson are attending to speak about environmental issues regarding seafaring, including aspects of logistics, economy and operational issues.



Hampus Tengfjord





Pizza and game get-together with NCTU exchange students going to Chalmers
August 6, 2012

For the second time, CITO invited the future NCTU exchange students going to Chalmers for a get-together. The purpose was that the new CITO staff could meet the NCTU Europe students and at the same time exchange information about Taiwan and Sweden.

To offer some last minute advice to the Taiwanese students as well as asking questions about Taiwan that we, the new CITO staff, acquired during their first five weeks in Taiwan we invited the new NCTU Europe staff. We arranged the pizza dinner at CITO office and mixed with games and a Swedish "tipspromenad". In "tipspromenad you walk around a trail and look for posters with questions and three different answer alternatives and afterwards the participant with highest score wins a price.



Hampus Tengfjord