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Operation Zhang Qian 2023

Kick-off Ceremony

The Maritime Silk Road Society (MSRS) kicked off this year's internship programme on 1 June.

Since 2016, the "Operation Zhang Qian – Undergraduate Summer Internship Programme" has been held annually. However, the Programme has been seriously affected by COVID19 pandemic in the past three years. With the resumption of normal activities in Hong Kong, the kick-off event also returns.

This year, 74 internship places were offered by 11 organizations enabling local undergraduate students in Hong Kong to undertake four to eight-week internship programmes in Hong Kong, mainland China, Phuket in Thailand, Sri Lanka and Athens in Greece during the summer vacation.

Mrs Regina Ip, Co-Chair of MSRS, briefly introduced the historical background, prospect and development of the "Belt and Road" Initiative. She exchanged views with students and shared her personal insights on some of the internship locations. After that, representatives of the participating companies, Euroterra Capital and China Merchants Port Holdings Co., Ltd., talked about the specific working and living environment of the internship location. A short video introducing and reviewing "Operation Zhang Qian" in the last three years was shown before the students shared their expectations and views on their internship. The meeting was concluded with encouraging remarks by Mrs Ip.