Hong Kong Metropolitan University (HKMU) recently hosted its first face-to-face employer networking event since the COVID-19 outbreak, with the theme ‘Me&U Create Infinite Possibilities’, in order to strengthen connections and cultivate more collaborations with employers.
About 100 senior management representatives from a wide spectrum of industries and sectors, along with other guests, attended the event on 24 November. In his opening remarks, HKMU Council Chairman Ir Dr Conrad Wong Tin-cheung emphasised it was important for the University to establish multiple platforms to work with industry.
“The University hopes to seek employers’ advice on curriculum design and implementation, and their support in areas such as providing internships, mentorships and service learning, as well as practical research and development projects for students' capstone work,” Ir Dr Wong said.
He added that the Government would bring more support for self-financing undergraduate programmes to nurture talent for industries with keen manpower demand.
HKMU President Prof. Paul Lam Kwan-sing updated participants on the latest developments of the University. He mentioned that the University is developing two new undergraduate programmes, one on New Music and Interactive Entertainment, and the other on Construction Management and Surveying, to meet the demand for young professionals in these fields.
The University will continue to establish partnerships with different industries and establish platforms to connect our students with the professional world. “I am sure this event is just the starting point in our collaboration. Let’s work hand in hand to create infinite possibilities for our young people,” he said.
The event also featured a talk by guest speaker Mr Simon Lee Siu-po, Honorary Fellow at the Asia Pacific Institute of Business and an adjunct faculty member of the Shenzhen Finance Institute of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen), on the topic ‘Manpower Mispairing and Flexi-teams'. After the talk, participants had a fruitful exchange of views on innovative hiring strategies and collaborative endeavours during and after the pandemic.
Many employer partners in attendance were impressed by HKMU graduates and the career services provided by the University. “HKMU graduates are willing to learn and accept challenges, and the Student Affairs Office of the University offers a wide range of effective platforms to facilitate our recruitment,” said Dr Angela Wong Wai-wah, Director of Human Resources of BDO Limited.
Mr Henry Leung Ho-yin, Legal Director of KMB, remarked that HKMU student interns had shown immense vitality and creativity in making a video series for the company, which has been well received by passengers. Mr Paul Tai Lun, Regional Director of Far East of Mainetti (HK) Limited, said, “HKMU students and graduates learn fast, which is the most important asset for their future career development.” He also spoke highly of the University’s student coaching and management of employers' expectations.
HKMU strives to nurture graduates who are highly regarded by employers and to help them build meaningful careers. To enhance their career readiness, the University has worked assiduously to collaborate with partners in a range of industries to offer its students experiential learning and internship opportunities. Multiple recruitment activities are organised regularly to provide students with the latest job market information and help employers find the right talent to meet their business needs.