Swiss-Chinese Summer School in Technology

The Department of Engineering and Information Technology of the Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH-TI) and the College of New Materials and New Energies of the Shenzhen Technology University (SZTU) in China are organising a four-week Summer School, which is open for both BFH-TI and SZTU bachelor students. The Summer School will be held in Bern and in Shenzhen from 27 July to 21 August 2020.

27.07.2020 bis 21.08.2020 – Biel - Shenzhen


New Energy Technologies: Production, Storage and Mobility


  • BFH-TI in Biel | 27. July - 7. August 2020
  • SZTU in Shenzhen | 10. August - 21. August 2020


The Swiss-Chinese Summer School in Technology is jointly organised by the Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH) and the Shenzhen Technology University (SZTU) in China. Twenty Swiss and twenty Chinese students spend two weeks in Switzerland and two weeks in Shenzhen.

The umbrella topic of the Summer School is "New Energy Technologies: Production, Storage and Mobility". The programme of the Summer School starts in Switzerland with an overview of the basic physical concepts of energy production, storage and mobility. This basis is extended towards the latest technologies in the field such as solar cells, wind turbines, batteries charging/discharging technology and hydropower. Economic aspects of the topic are also touched.

The second part of the programme in Shenzhen is dedicated to the technology and production of solar cells and new mobility technologies such as hybrid and electrical cars and bicycles.

Teaching format

The programme is a blend of keynotes, case studies, laboratory work, problem classes and excursions to related sites (e.g. Mont Soleil solar and wind power test site, Grimsel hydropower plants and Jungfraujoch test site in Switzerland, Build Your own Dreams (BYD) electrical car company and Hanergy solar cell production facilities in Shenzhen). The students will mostly work in bi-national pairs.

Language of instruction


Course directors

Prof. Dr. Lorenz Martin, BFH-TI 

Proof of competence

Development, analysis and documentation of a case study; Documentation of laboratory experiments

Total costs

The participation fee of the Summer School is CHF 1200. This amount includes the flight Switzerland - China, the visa for China, accommodation in China, transports in China, excursions in Switzerland and in China and most meals in China. Not included in the participation fee are accommodation, transports and meals in Switzerland and the flight China - Switzerland.

Further information

Please direct all queries to Lorenz Martin:

Summer School credit for BFH students

For BFH-TI, the Summer School counts for 4 ECTS points towards the ordinary study programme (180 ECTS), with additional registration on IS-Academia by the students’ administration.


Registration is open until 15 December 2019. The registration is binding, no-show-ups will get a "fail" for the module. The selection of participants (max. 20) is competitive and based on the application date, the student's performance and language skills. Succesful applicants will be informed in January 2020. Priority is given to students in the 1st year.

Online registration


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  • Startdatum 27.07.2020
  • Enddatum 21.08.2020
  • Ort Biel - Shenzhen
  • Anmeldefrist The registration is open until 15 December 2019