The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO) hosted an information session on September 24 at the University of Toronto to encourage students to develop their careers or further their studies in Hong Kong.
Speaking at the session, Deputy Director of HKETO, Miss Florence Tsang, first gave an overview of the business and living environment of Hong Kong and said that Hong Kong is an international and bilingual city with talents from all over the world. In particular, the economic freedom, the low and simple tax system, low unemployment rate and its strategic geographical location make Hong Kong an excellent place for doing business and career development.
Miss Tsang outlined the various scholarship schemes launched by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government to attract overseas students to further their studies in Hong Kong, including the PhD Fellowship Scheme and the Hong Kong, China-APEC Scholarship.
There are abundant career opportunities for overseas graduates in Hong Kong. One of them is the Native-speaking English Teacher Scheme, which aims to enhance the exposure of English as a second language to Hong Kong primary and secondary school students. The application deadline of the scheme is January 31, 2019.
In addition, Miss Tsang gave details of various admission schemes, including the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme, the newly promulgated Talent List, the General Employment Policy, as well as the Admission Scheme for the Second Generation of Chinese Hong Kong Permanent Residents, which were rolled out by the HKSAR Government to attract talents, professionals and entrepreneurs to develop their careers or start their businesses in Hong Kong.
Miss Tsang also briefed the students that the HKSAR Government is recruiting talents for different civil service posts including Administrative Officers (AOs). Hong Kong permanent residents studying or residing overseas are also eligible to apply.
“The Administrative Service is a cadre of multi-skilled professional administrators who play a key role in the HKSAR Government,” Miss Tsang said. “Administrative Officers are involved in public policy formulation, providing quality management, as well as steering and coordinating provision of government services. They may also have the opportunities to promote the interests of Hong Kong at the offices in Mainland China and overseas,” she added.
In addition to AOs, the HKSAR Government is also recruiting people for other civil service posts including Executive Officers, Assistant Trade Officers, Assistant Labour Officers II, Management Services Officers II and Transport Officers II. For the convenience of those studying or residing outside Hong Kong, the Common Recruitment Examination and Basic Law Test required for these posts would be held in seven overseas cities including Toronto and Vancouver on December 8, 2018. The deadline of application for these posts is October 5, 2018 (5pm) Hong Kong time.
Before closing, Miss Tsang highlighted the Working Holiday Scheme that enables Canadian youths to stay in Hong Kong for not more than 12 months during which they may take up short-term employment or studies while they are on holiday.
On September 19, HKETO held a similar information session at the York University. It will continue to host similar sessions at different universities in Western Canada in late September to early October. Details are as follows:
Date and TimePlace September 26, 1pm – 2pm University of Calgary September 27, 11.30am – 12.30pm University of Alberta October 2, 12 noon – 1pm University of British Columbia October 2, 5.30pm – 6.30pm Simon Fraser University
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日期及時間地點 九月二十六日下午一時至二時 卡加利大學 (University of Calgary) 九月二十七日上午十一時半至下午十二時半 亞伯達大學 (University of Alberta) 十月二日中午十二時至下午一時 英屬哥倫比亞大學 (University of British Columbia) 十月二日下午五時半至六時半 西門菲莎大學 (Simon Fraser University)