Under the auspices of the OECD, CSEND experts established a framework to facilitate the development of a research network between Switzerland and China. The focus of this research network is to carry out comparative studies concerning the management and financing of higher education in the context of life long learning. For more detailed information and background documents please check
Design of a large system development project
CSEND advised the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London on the design of a strategy to create a network of Business and Training Centres (BTCs) in Russia.
The result of this process is the "Morozov Project", consisting of over 30 Russian Business and Training Centres (BTCs) which were twinned with foreign organisations to help strengthen the institutional capabilities of the BTCs in areas of management consulting and entrepreneurial training. The mission of each BTC is to help create jobs and contribute to a more vibrant local economy by acting as a business skills training and resource centre. BTC stakeholders include local entrepreneurs, managers of recently privatised companies, and local officials. The ultimate goal of each BTC is to become economically self-supporting, and contribute to the sustainable development of Russia's economy.
National Institution Reform: Background - At the request of the Republic of Slovenia, CSEND designed a technical cooperation project to assist that newly independent country in reforming its central government by modernising and strengthening its administration. 2.8 million Swiss francs were contributed by the government of Switzerland and complementary contributions was made by Slovenia. The project resulted in the creation of a National Administrative Academy and an Organisation & Management unit within the Ministry of Interior.
Administrative Reform through Training: Background The rapid growth of China's economy over the past decade has put increasing performance pressure both on its public administration and on government officials, who have been compelled to acquire new skills in order to meet the complex challenges of the "four modernisations". This pressure further increased after 1993, when more than a fourth of all civil service jobs were eliminated.
In 1994, CSEND was mandated to implement a three-year programme to assist the People's Republic of China in modernising its central administration by improving management and training capabilities in government and public enterprises.
The Swiss government, via the Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation (SDC), provided approximately 3.3 million Swiss francs of funding for this bilateral technical cooperation project, with a complementary contribution by the Chinese government. The Chinese counterpart organisation, the China Training Centre for Senior Personnel Management Officials (CTCSPMO), is one of the peak training institutions in China.