Peter A. Ehrhard


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Education and Professional Activities

2002 – present Founder and CEO of PERIPLUS CONSULTING L.L.C., Zurich, Switzerland: International Cooperation, Development and Exchange in Education, Professional Training and Cultural Affairs; mandates and consulting activities of prime importance in the PR China
1999 – present Cooperation activities and projects between Switzerland and the PR China; more than 25 visits to China for school links and exchanges, consulting activities and intercultural workshops; head of Swiss delegations to China; organizer of educational and cultural visits to China and for Chinese educators and school leaders to Switzerland; co-organizer of the 1st and 2nd Symposium of Sino-Swiss Principals from Secondary Vocational Schools and Vocational Education Centers (Shanghai, 2013 and 2015)
1997 – 2009 Director of the Foreign Language Assistant Program in Switzerland (part-time and by mandate)
1991 – 2001 Director of the International Teacher Exchange Program (worldwide) and Head of the International Affairs Department at the Swiss Office for In-Service Training of Senior High School Teachers; missions at the Council of Europe (full time)
1988 – 1991 Head of the immigrants’ school education and integration office, Ministry of Education, Canton of Solothurn (part-time)
1978 – 1989 National coordinator of the Youth Exchange Program between the four language regions of Switzerland (part-time)
1975 – 2001 Professor of French at a Senior High School
1974 – 1975 Post-doctorate studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris (France)
1974 Dr. phil. (PhD), University of Zurich
1965 – 1974 Studies (French Language and Literature; American Literature; Pedagogy), University of Zurich (Switzerland); Carleton College (Minnesota, USA); University of Aix-en-Provence and Sorbonne-Nouvelle, Paris (France)
1963 – 1965 Teacher at Primary School level


Skills and Expertise

  • organization skills and event management
  • international and intercultural negotiating and work experience
  • broad knowledge of the Swiss and the Chinese school and vocational education systems
  • long-time contacts and cooperation with Chinese schools and school leaders
  • foreign language teaching

Honors and Awards

2010 Officer of the Order of the Palmes académiques, French Government
2001 Knight of the Order of the Palmes académiques, French Government
2000 Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters, French Government
1981 Prizewinner of the Walter- und Ambrosina-Oertli-Foundation, Switzerland