The “Shanghai-Hong Kong Future Leaders (Lingnan Elites) Internship Programme 2015”, co-organised by Lingnan University and the Hongkong-Shanghai Economic Development Association, held its farewell dinner in Shanghai on 13 July. As the Hongkong-Shanghai Economic Development Association, in celebration of its 30th Anniversary, organised a delegation to Shanghai from 12 to 14 July for its members led by its President Mr Andrew Yao Cho-fai who is also Council member of the University, the farewell dinner became one of the key activities of the delegation. President Leonard K Cheng was invited to join the event and share the joy of 36 Lingnan students in completing the programme.
In his address at the dinner, President Cheng thanked the support of the Association and all participating enterprises of the internship programme. Prominent enterprises and multinational corporations that have joined the programme include Always (Shanghai) Marketing Services Co Ltd, East Money Information Co Ltd, Oriental DreamWorks, Shanghai Media Group Limited, Touch Media – PZAZD. Three new enterprises including Nimble Mind, Winfopay Network Technology Co Ltd and Unique Shanghai also joined the programme this summer.
President Cheng attributed the success of the programme to the assistance of a number of Mainland organisations including Shanghai Chinese Overseas Friendship Association, Shanghai Youth Federation, HKSAR Government’s Home Affairs Bureau, Commission on Youth, and Economic and Trade Office in Shanghai, Changning District Overseas Friendship Association, Putuo District Overseas Friendship Association and East China Normal University. Through the tailor-made internship programme, Lingnan students have the opportunity to explore the creative art and cultural industries covering multimedia, film and television broadcasting, and marketing and sales. The new “Shanghai-Hongkong-People” mentorship programme initiated this year also allowed the 36 students to connect with mentors in Shanghai, which will benefit their personal and career development in future.