19 Feb 2009
Education & Careers Expo Spotlights the Human Factor
Bringing Employers and Employees, Institutes and Students Together
John Tsang, the Financial Secretary of Hong Kong, and Fred Lam, the HKTDC's Executive Director, presided over the opening ceremony.
"Many students, as well as those seeking work, will be looking to this expo for ideas on how to enhance their job prospects," said Mr Tsang. "The government will continue to work closely with the private sector to provide a healthy environment for educational and career development," he added. "Over the past 18 years, the Education and Careers Expo has played an important part in achieving this goal."
"In good times and bad times, it's the human factor that largely determines the success of an enterprise," said Mr Lam. "That's why Education and Careers Expo is so important. Here, the spotlight is on people rather than products. This fair is designed to bring employers and prospective employees together. It was created to help them find success."
The premier event of its kind in Asia, the expo features two main sections - Education and Careers. Educational exhibitors come from Hong Kong and around the world, and include colleges and universities, language schools, vocational training outlets and other institutions. The Careers section includes private enterprises, government departments and professional associations.
Exhibitors from outside Hong Kong are up by 34 over last year. They come from Australia, Canada, the Chinese mainland, France, Japan, Macau, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States. New exhibitors include the Department of Education of Hubei Province, the Department of Education of Zhejiang Province, and the Ministry of Labour and Social Security of Heilongjiang Province, as well as the Massmutual Asia Ltd and ING Life Insurance Company (Bermuda) Ltd.
Massmutual is offering written tests for any individual interested in a career in the insurance industry. Those looking to the Hong Kong Police Force can line up for the simulated target shooting and learn to handle a real revolver.
Another exhibitor, Savannah College of Art and Design, has just been granted the development rights to restore North Kowloon Magistracy into a school specialising in creative and digital media.
A wide range of seminars on educational and career development opportunities, as well as video presentations and education forums, is also on offer. Seminars include: "Creative Industries in Hong Kong," by Hong Kong Baptist University, School of Continuing Education; "Career Opportunities in the Pop Music Industry," by the Baron School of Music; "Is Art Good Investment?" by Sotheby's Institute of Art, Singapore; "Certified Wedding Planner," by The Wedding Management Academy (Hong Kong); and "Financial Tsunami and Individual Investors at the Cross Road," by the CFA Institute.
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About the HKTDC
Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) 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 HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and Asia. The HKTDC 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, www.hktdc.com