19 Feb 2005
Education & Careers Expo: Keys to the Future
|TDC Executive Director Fred Lam (left) told Secretary for Economic Development and Labour, the Hon. Stephen Ip, and Permanent Secretary for Economic Development and Labour, Matthew Cheung Kin-chung that trade and trade related services contribute near to 40% of Hong Kong's employment.|
The Education and Careers Expo 2005 opened today (February 19) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Riding on the theme "Keys to the Future", the event features a new zone on the financial planning industry as well as three newly set up theme days.
The Expo was opened by Secretary for Economic Development and Labour, the Hon. Stephen Ip, and Permanent Secretary for Economic Development and Labour, Matthew Cheung Kin-chung.
Education and Careers Expo 2005 is jointly organised by the Trade Development Council (TDC) and the Labour Department, and runs until Tuesday, February 22. It is open free of charge to the public.
Joining Mr Ip and Mr Cheung at the opening was TDC's Executive Director, Fred Lam.
"The Expo, since its inception, has become the most important fair of its kind. It opens up a world of opportunities, benefiting not only the individual, but the economy as a whole," Mr Lam said.
The four-day expo, which includes 477 exhibitors (up 27% on last year) from 14 countries and regions, also features more than 70 seminars, 20 education forums and nearly 100 career video sessions.
Special themed days, supported by seminars and forums, have been organised including a Financial Planning Industry Day, a US Study Day and a Chinese Mainland Study Day covering the first three days of the event.
For the second year, a 'Study in Europe' pavilion groups together the advantages of studying in France, the Netherlands or Germany.
Closer to home, Australia and New Zealand are strongly represented with 139 and 38 exhibitors, representing an increase of 56% and 73% respectively.
The Chinese mainland exhibitors include the Central China Normal University Hankou Branch （華中師範大學漢口分校）, Hua Qiao University （華僑大學）, Jianghan University （江漢大學）, Jiangxi Provincial Education Department China （江西教育廳）, Jilin University（吉林大學）, Jimei（集美大學）, Jinan University（暨南大學）, Southwest University of Political Science & Law（西南政法大學）, Tianjin Normal University（天津師範大學）, Tianjin University（天津大學）, Wuhan University（武漢大學）and Xiamen University（廈門大學）.
The Beijing-Hong Kong Academic Exchange Centre（京港學術交流中心）, attending for the first time, is providing consultancy services to students interested in study on the mainland.
To attract more mainland visitors to the event and to promote Hong Kong education services, TDC has, for the first time, promoted the event in Guangzhou.
For more details, tap into: http://www.hkeducationexpo.com/
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