“Operation Zhang Qian – Undergraduate Summer Internship Programme 2019” Kick-off Ceremony
The Maritime Silk Road Society (MSRS) today (24 May) held the “Operation Zhang Qian – Undergraduate Summer Internship Programme 2019” kick-off ceremony at CPA Australia to officially launch this year’s internship programme.
“Operation Zhang Qian” was initiated by MSRS in 2016 to help university students in Hong Kong learn about the “Belt and Road Initiative”, seize the developmental opportunities offered by the Initiative and widen their horizon.
Now in its fourth year, “Operation Zhang Qian 2019” is supported by 19 sponsoring organizations which have offered 205 internship places for Hong Kong undergraduates to work in mainland China, ASEAN countries, Belt and Road regions, Greece and Sri Lanka for four to eight weeks.
Mrs Regina Ip, Co-Chair of MSRS; Mr Xue Hui Jun, Director-General of Department of Social Affairs, Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR; and Ms Cora Ho, Deputy Commissioner for Belt & Road, Commerce and Economic Development Bureau officiated at the ceremony. Mr Roland Wong, Vice-Chair (Development) of the MSRS Youth Opportunities Committee also attended the kick-off ceremony. Over 100 guests, including students who had been selected to take part in the programme and representatives of host organizations and participating institutions attended the ceremony.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mrs Regina Ip, said, “First of all, I would like to thank CPA Australia for sponsoring the venue which is easily accessible by public transportation, and can accommodate over a hundred guests.”
Mrs Ip said, “On behalf of MSRS, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the 19 host organizations for their staunch support of the programme. There are four organizations that have joined the programme for the first time, including Business Big Data, China Construction Bank (Asia), Sinotrans Chang Jiang Co., Ltd. Nantong Branch, and The Hong Kong Subsidiary of Shenzhen Stock Exchange. This year, a record of 205 placements are offered by the host organizations.”
More than 600 students submitted applications under the internship programme. From 13 February to 3 April, over 400 applicants were invited to attend 40 face-to-face interview sessions conducted by MSRS. It is anticipated that about 70 students will be offered internship jobs when all the host organizations have completed the shortlisting process.
This year’s host organizations are Business Big Data, Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited, Chatrium Hotels and Residences, Chimelong Resorts, China Construction Bank (Asia), China Merchants Group, China National Travel Service Group Corporation, CLP Holdings Limited, CR Group, Euroterra Capital, Hong Kong & Macao Affairs Office Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Jardine Matheson Limited, Jiang Xi Mei Fan Technology Co., Ltd, K. Wah Construction Materials, Lan Kwai Fong Group, Sinotrans Chang Jiang Co., Ltd. Nantong Branch, The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited, The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels Limited and The Hong Kong Subsidiary of Shenzhen Stock Exchange.
Three institutions joined the programme for the first time. They are Hong Kong College of Technology, Hang Seng University of Hong Kong and The Open University of Hong Kong. Other institutions participating in the internship programme include: City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, Lingnan University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Education University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, The University of Hong Kong and the Vocational Training Council.
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1. Mrs Regina Ip delivering her remarks at the kick-off ceremony.
2. A Certificate of Appreciation presented to CPA Australia by Mrs Regina Ip and Mr Roland Wong.
3. A Certificate of Appreciation presented to Mr Xue Hui Jun (Right) by Mr Lam Kwong-siu, MSRS Honorary Advisor.
4. A Certificate of Appreciation presented to Ms Cora Ho by Dr Louis Shih, MSRS President.
5. A Certificate of Appointment presented to Mr Charles Cheung, MSRS Honorary Advisor by Mrs Regina Ip.
6. A group photo of officiating guests, representatives of MSRS and host organizations taken at the kick-off ceremony.
7. A group photo of officiating guests, representatives of MSRS and participating institutions taken at the kick-off ceremony.
8. A group photo of officiating guests, representatives of MSRS taken with intern students at the kick-off ceremony.