21 Feb 2008
Education & Careers Expo Opens with more than 500 Exhibitors
Corporate and Government Job Vacancies Featured at Expo
February 21, 2008 - More than 500 educational institutions, government departments, commercial organisations and professional bodies are taking part in the 18th Education and Careers Expo, which opened today and continues until February 24, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Paul Tang, Permanent Secretary for Labour and Welfare, said that while the unemployment rate has fallen to a record low (3.4 per cent in December), young people are having trouble finding jobs because of a lack of work experience. Given also the demands of technological change and globalisation, he urged young people to upgrade their skills and knowledge on a continual basis.
Working with the theme of "Mapping New Directions," this year's expo is divided into education and careers sections. Exhibitors have come from 14 countries and regions, including Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, the Chinese mainland, France, Germany, Macau, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, the United States and Saudi Arabia, which is participating for the first time.
The fair's education section has attracted major local universities and continuing educational institutes, including Hong Kong University's School of Professional and Continuing Education, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology's College of Lifelong Learning, Chinese University of Hong Kong's School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Hong Kong Polytechnic University's School of Professional Education and Executive Development, the Vocational Training Council and the Caritas Adult and Higher Education Service.
The section also features five group pavilions, from Australia, the Chinese mainland, Europe, Macau and the United States. The Chinese mainland pavilion includes about 20 universities, among them such well-known institutions as Xiamen University, Jimei University, Jinan University, Huaqiao University, Northeast Normal University and Wuhan University. The US pavilion spotlights about 30 tertiary institutes, including DePaul University and the University of Chicago. Representatives of many educational institutes, including the International Academic School of Canada, the SHMS Swiss Hotel Management School, the University of Applied Sciences Eastern Switzerland HTW Chur, and Germany's iOR Language School, are also on hand.
In the careers section, exhibitors include the Hong Kong Police Force, the Independent Commission Against Corruption, Sony Corp of Hong Kong Ltd, Hutchison Telecommunications (HK) Ltd, Starbucks Coffee Hong Kong Ltd, State Street Bank and Trust Co and the Zurich Insurance Group (Hong Kong), all of which are spotlighting their employment vacancies.
The Financial Planning Industry zone is again being staged, with professionals sharing their views on the industry's career prospects. Participants include the Institute of Financial Planners of Hong Kong, Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Ltd, Prudential Assurance Co Ltd, the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corp Ltd, Convoy Financial Services Ltd, Noble Apex Advisors Ltd, Cash Frederick Taylor Ltd and AMTD Financial Planning Ltd.
More than 50 education and career seminars, about 44 education forums and more than 160 career videos are being offered during the four-day expo. Special seminars and forums have also been created to respond to the fair's four theme days: Chinese Mainland Study Day (Feb 21), Continuing Education Day (Feb 22) and Financial Planning Day and US Study Day, both taking place Feb 23.
Education and Careers Seminars
Exhibitors' Career Information
About the TDC
Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC) is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and service providers. With more than 40 offices worldwide, including 11 in the Chinese mainland, the TDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and Asia. The TDC also organises trade fairs and business missions to connect companies with opportunities in Hong Kong and the mainland, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online. For more information, visit www.tdctrade.com