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2021 AXA Signing Ceremony - Inheritance Planning Programme

AXA announced the launch of the “Inheritance Planning Programme” (the Programme) in their 2021 Programme Ceremony. The Programme was specially developed by the Institute of Advanced Executive Education (IAEE) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) for a small selected group of AXA’s premium wealth management advisors.  The Programme has witnessed the continued effort of PolyU in support of knowledge transfer through education to create positive impact in the society.  A signing ceremony was held where Mr. Howard Pou, AXA Chief Distribution Officer (Hong Kong, Macau & Guangdong), Mr. Jason Wat, AXA Chief Agency Officer, Mr. Kelvin Wong, Interim Director of Institute for Entrepreneurship of PolyU and Dr Elex Chan, Programme Director were invited to introduce and kick off the Programme. The Programme will run for 2 years starting from May 2021, aiming to provide an inspiring learning experience for participants to enhance their knowledge and skills to serve the high-net worth market in Hong Kong and the Mainland China.

25 Feb, 2021

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CGTN Forum - Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area: Internationlisation and Integration

Supported by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the Hong Kong and Greater Bay Area TV forum was successfully organised in Shenzhen by CGTN (China Global Television Network) on 17 November 2020. With a themed focus on the Greater Bay Area's (GBA) internationalisation and integration, 17 distinguished speakers and panelists from Shenzhen, Hong Kong and around the world shared their views on the GBA area at the venue in Shenzhen and online.   During the first session, the academics, researchers, business leaders and representatives from financial institutions in China and around the world explored the development of the Pearl River Delta region, including the role Hong Kong plays regionally and beyond. It also discussed how Hong Kong, as China’s “door to the world”, can leverage its connections and advantages to help China achieve its goal of robust Double Development. The session also analysed solutions to help both businesses and government better understand the method and methodologies for integration that can create connectivity amongst cities in the GBA.   The second session discussed the finance and investment aspects of the GBA area, with a main focus on how Shenzhen and Hong Kong complement each other as tech hubs and financial hubs respectively. Topics ranging from fintech to green finance were explored, while industry experts also discussed Hong Kong’s ongoing unrest from a obstacles and opportunities perspective. The forum concluded that every city in the GBA is facing its own challenges but can make its own contribution by exploiting its localised advantages to help develop the finance and investment industry and make the area better and stronger.   Please click here for the detailed topics and guest speakers list.  

17 Nov, 2020

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Hong Kong FinTech Week - FinTech Development and Opportunities in Greater Bay Area

A three-hour webinar was organised in November 2020 as a key feature of Hong Kong Fintech Week. PolyU experts highlighted a wide range of Fintech programmes in different levels and explained how these programmes can contribute to the talent development of Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area (GBA).   Five renowned experts in the financial field shared their views on the outlook for Fintech development and opportunities in GBA. The speakers discussed how the potentials of the GBA with the help of financial technology solutions to achieve cross-border digital-enabled identity verification, financial inclusion, as well as supply chain of the area. They also discussed Fintech ecosystem and explained why knowing how to stay on top of rapid technological changes in the financial world is essential for today’s and tomorrow’s leaders.   During the final roundtable discussion, FinTech experts and PolyU academics discussed FinTech trends and how talent development can help transform the financial landscape in the future. IAEE leverages on PolyU’s expertise to strive to provide a robust and diverse learning environment to nurture new FinTech talent in the GBA.   Please click here for the detailed topics and guest speakers list.

2 Nov, 2020

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DHBW Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University - China Study Programme

A group of 32 students from the Karlsruhe, Loerrach, Mannheim, Stuttgart campuses of the DHBW Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University, Germany, came to join the two-week China Study Programme from 4 Aug - 16 Aug 2019. The programme was filled with inspiring learning topics and exciting field visits in Hong Kong and Beijing, China. Learning topics included China’s Development, Hong Kong Business and Economy, Hong Kong Financial System and Services, Business Culture in the Mainland China, etc. Participants were pleased to have received different academic views from lecturers and guest speakers from the two cities in China. For field visits, participants were inspired by the insightful advice and the hands-on experience from the sharing sessions. Visits included Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Hong Kong, and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, ZhongGuanCun and the German Chambers of Commerce in Beijing, etc. It concluded with the cultural site visits including The Forbidden City and The Great Wall. The China Study Programme was a great success! Students took back so many great memories and invaluable knowledge. Many of them were inspired from this niche international immersion programme and would like to come to China for work one day.   Testimonials from Past Participants From Lisa Raab Why China? In 2018, I decided to join the China Study Programme at DHBW Mannheim in cooperation with The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Due to a Chinese language course and my first practical experience with Chinese business clients at my employer, I was interested in the Chinese culture. As experiencing the banking sector during my study programme, I was particular interested in learning more about the Hong Kong stock exchange- especially from an Asian perspective (lecture given by Dr Derek Yim). The excursions to companies, having also subsidiaries in Germany, were also boarding. Because of digital project in my daily business, I expect that my business contact with Chinese employees will expand in the future. Therefore, I appreciate and recommend the programme to explore the Chinese culture and to gain first business/academic experience in China. What did I get out of it? From my perspective, it was very helpful to participate in the programme, because my current employer endorses my intercultural experience. So, my projects profit from the programme regarding interacting with people from different cultures. Additionally, the programme formed up a kind of network between the participants and experts from PolyU. Sometimes we are still exchanging articles towards interesting topics and discussing about them. Credits and greetings to PolyU and Karen!   From Marcel Hofmann Why did I choose China? I wanted to take the exceptional chance to get exposure to another culture and international experience. I was looking forward to fly to Hong Kong to get the taste of an international and very different experience. Compared to all European possibilities, choosing China turned out as the best way to step out of my comfort zone and broaden my horizon. Not only I did expect an interesting trip to this one way very traditional, but in the other way highly modern country. One of the most relevant aspects that made me want to join this short-term program in China, was the wide range of knowledge areas which were attended in only two weeks. How useful was the trip to me? I got a very exciting and educational stay in Hong-Kong and Beijing with a group of skilled young people out of other companies and from different DHBW locations. In today’s business world understanding the global market, working in teams with different cultures is a true asset, and this is what the program enabled for me. And at least I learned also a lot about me during this stay. Seeing me acting outside known fields was very helpful for my personal development process. And for sure through this program I was able to extend my international network with various precious people. Thanks for this very special program and well organized stay in Hong Kong and Beijing!   From Gabriel Ebert What did you like about the International Immersion Programme? The DHBW Summer study program in 2019 was a great learning experience. While staying for one week in Hong Kong and Beijing each, I had the opportunity to learn more about China’s fast growing economy. I gained deep firsthand insights by visiting major companies, e.g. Lenovo and furthermore by having discussions and assessments by representatives from the German chamber of commerce in Hong Kong. The most astonishing experience to me was the visit to different innovation hubs. Contrary to many stories, I was able to learn more about major innovations from China in recent years. The organisation from the DHBW and PolyU coordinators made the two-week program to a great learning journey that I can recommend to other students. By attending the program, I was able to make many new experiences to deepen my cross cultural experience that will be more important than ever before in the German-Sino business relations and my personal professional career.   Programme Timetable    Part 1 -Hong Kong  Day  Time  Activity   Arrive   Arrival Delegate Preliminary Meeting   Day 1   AM Opening Ceremony     Lecture 1: China’s Development: Does it End in Tears    PM Lecture 2: Hong Kong Business and Economy - Past Present and Future     Briefing for Beijing trip  Day 2  AM Chinese Language Crash Course     Project Session    PM Visit 1: Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany  Day 3  AM Chinese Language Crash Course     Lecture 3: Hong Kong Stock Market & Financial System and Services    PM Lecture 4: Business Culture & Effective Communication in Mainland China  Day 4  AM Chinese Language Crash Course     Project Session    PM Visit 2: German Chamber of Commerce  Day 5   Free Time     Part 2 - Beijing  Date  Time  Activity  Day 7    Free Time  Day 8  AM  Lecture 5:   (1)  Life Cycle Eco-Service Platform of Intelligent Manufacturing (2)  How Enterprises from Europe enter the China Market and its Survival Strategies?    PM  Lecture 6: Economy and Innovation in China by Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Economic Affairs Minister Counselor.  Day 9  AM  Visit 3: Visit to Lenovo    PM  Visit 4: Visit to ZhongGuanCun Inno Way  Day 10  AM  Lecture 7: Sino-German Business Cooperation – current developments, challenges and opportunities by German Chambers of Commerce    PM  Visit 5 : The Palace Museum (“The Forbidden City”)  Day 11  Full Day  Visit 6: The Great Wall      Certificate Ceremony  Depart    Departure from Beijing

12 Aug, 2019

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2019 Tanzania Leadership Programme

IAEE launched the Tanzania Leadership Programme for 100 young Tanzanian professionals in 2019 as part of PolyU’s ongoing effort to support the HKSAR Government’s drive to develop Hong Kong as a facilitator and promoter of the Belt and Road Initiative. The programme will run in a series, each catering for a cohort of 30 talented young Tanzanians. IAEE is also planning to extend similar training to other Belt and Road countries.   Programme Design The first cohort was completed in June 2019. The programme combines a series of lectures, field visits and networking functions to equip government officials and young professionals from the United Republic of Tanzania with the knowledge to become effective leaders to tackle challenges in their country. IAEE customises the training content according to the participants’ background in each cohort. The first cohort provided the following lectures, field visits and networking sessions:   Lectures Manufacturing - “Building a Modernised and Industrialised Green Tanzania”; Sustainability - “Building a Vibrant and Sustainable City through Urban Planning”; IT - “Planning and Transforming IT Infrastructures to Facilitate International Trade in the Digital Era”; Tourism - “Hong Kong's Tourism Infrastructure and Promotion Strategies” Public Health – “Establishing, Accessing and Assuring Quality Public Health System”.   Field visits and networking Textile up-cycling factures and The Mills City Gallery PolyU House of Innovation and Innohub The Hong Kong Trade Development Council LSH Catering HK Limited Huawei Shenzhen base Networking sessions with a wide range of business leaders, professionals and mainland Chinese government officials   Please click here for the detailed programme schedule.  

23 Jun, 2019

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