14 January, 2009
More than 60 Chinese managers from companies including Nokia China, Tsinghua Holdings, China Telecom, Lenovo, China Daily, Air China and Liao Ning TV attended a drinks reception hosted by Manchester's inward investment agency, MIDAS, last night at the Yang Sing Oriental Hotel's Oku Bar.
The reception was in celebration of a business exchange programme taking place in Manchester between 5-16 January organised by Manchester Metropolitan University Business School (MMUBS) as part of the EU-China Managers Exchange and Training Programme (METP). The METP is an intergovernmental project of human resource exchange which aims to train 200 Chinese and 200 European managers to be proficient in the language, business culture and business practices from both Europe and Asia by 2010. The European managers will be trained in Chinese language and business culture and gain work experience in China while the Chinese managers will take part in management training at prestigious European business schools and then gain work experience in a European company or organisation.
The managers represented a wide range of industries including media, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, wholesale and trade, finance and insurance, hotels, construction, logistics, textiles, electrical and industrial, computers and IT sectors and came from Dalian, Wuxi, Yunnan and Beijing.
Gerry Yeung, founder and managing director of the Yang Sing who also sits on the MIDAS board, said: “The event provided an excellent opportunity for Manchester to demonstrate the strength of its links with the Chinese business community. The managers taking part in the programme were able to meet with some of the Chinese firms who have successfully established a European base in the Manchester city region, allowing them to share knowledge and learn about their experiences. The exchange programme is fantastic as it works to promote a mutual understanding of Chinese – UK business practices, developing important working relationships and paving the way for long-term collaboration.”
The MMUBS programme focuses on delivering HR management training through lectures, industrial visits, case studies and workshops. The delegation will now spend a further five weeks at business schools in Paris and Brussels focusing on marketing, accounting and finance before starting their industrial internships with companies in Europe. Nine will return to the UK to work with UK companies.