Jointly organised by the Hong Kong United Youth Association (HKUYA) and New World Development Company Limited and hosted by HKUYA Student Exchange Network, an affiliate of HKUYA, the six-week New Youth New World Summer Internship Programme 2013 has successfully concluded recently. Approximately 300 participants, who are all elite students, returned to Hong Kong with fruitful work experience in Mainland China, which broadened their horizons and enhanced their strengths. A sharing session and an award presentation for the Creative Video Competition were organised to promote the sharing of internship experience among students who visited Beijing, Chengdu and Dalian.
Hong Kong Baptist University freshman Zheng Guan-yang, who interned at the Human Resources department of The 9th China (Beijing) International Garden Expo, said, "Unlike Hong Kong students, students from Mainland China do not have many opportunities to participate in volunteering programmes, internships or even to study abroad. It makes me cherish the opportunities I have and I am eager to broaden my horizon." Huang Yun-qi, a graduate from The Chinese University of Hong Kong who interned at the Cofco Company, said, "Through my internship experience in Mainland China, I have learnt a lot by being innovative, striving for excellence and communicating with my supervisor and colleagues regularly. The internship programme also brought new ways of thinking to the enterprises in Mainland China, which benefits both parties."
HKUYA federation chairman Kenneth Fok said, "HKUYA has always cared about the development of Hong Kong youths. Through programmes such as New Youth New World Summer Internship Programme, it promotes exchange of knowledge and ideas between students from Hong Kong and Mainland China, thereby cultivating talents in Hong Kong and enhancing their competitiveness. It also familiarises Hong Kong students with the working environment in Mainland China."
Maria Cheung, General Manager of Corporate Communication of New World Development Company Limited, said, "I believe that the students can further understand the latest development and work culture of cities in Mainland China, which helps them plan their career more effectively. New World Group, which is devoted to the development of youths, has been very supportive of the internship programme. The group has participated in the scheme for six years in a row and will continue to do so to provide more internship opportunities in Mainland China for Hong Kong students."
Participating corporations include New World Development Company Limited, Chow Tai Fook and other Hong Kong enterprises, Cofco Company Limited and China Central Television. The internship programme featured visits to local tourist sites to help participants understand the traditional cultures of Mainland China and communicate with college students there. A series of cultural experience activities such as lectures given by CEOs gave them the opportunity to learn about their secrets to success and equip them for their future development.
Themed Our New World, the Creative Video Competition was held for the first time this year to encourage students to transform their experiences into videos and share them with people. The winners of the competition were selected by the organisers and through online voting.
Titled "Stars in the New World," the champion video showcases the internship experience in a lively manner. It reveals how interns befriend each other and embrace challenges together, just like stars that shine a light on each other in the new world. The 1st runner up title went to "Seeking a New World" while the 2nd runner up went to "New World in Dalian."
Held at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the closing ceremony of the internship programme was attended by participants and representatives from all walks of life including Adrian Yip BBS, MH, JP, Hong Kong United Youth Association, Chief Counselor, Kenneth Fok, Chairman of Hong Kong United Youth Association and Maria Cheung, General Manager of Corporate Communication, New World Development Company Limited.
New Youth New World Summer Internship Programme has been successfully held for seven years and has provided internship opportunities in various cities in Mainland China for more than 1500 college students. The number of participating corporations has been increasing since 2007 and the number of enrollments has exceeded the 2,000 mark for two consecutive years.
New World Development Company Limited
New World Development Company Limited ("The Group"; Stock Code: 17.HK) is a leading conglomerate based in Hong Kong. The Group was founded in 1970 and publicly listed in Hong Kong in 1972. It is a constituent stock of the Hang Seng Index with a total asset value of HK$311 billion as at 31 December 2012.
For more than four decades, the Group has expanded from a single focus on the property business to four core areas: property, infrastructure, services and department store. As at 31 December 2012, the Group has an effective interest of approximately 61% in NWS Holdings Limited (Stock Code: 659.HK), approximately 69.8% in New World China Land Limited (Stock Code: 917.HK) and approximately 72.3% in New World Department Store China Limited (Stock Code: 825.HK).