AlmaLaurea in China: at Beijing’s Career Day
From Italy to China to increase professional opportunities for young University graduates on the international job market and to support firms during their search for highly qualified human resources.
This is the objective of the third Beijing Career Day, organized by the Italian Embassy in Beijing on 16 May in collaboration with the Italian Chamber of Commerce in China, the Association of Young Italians in China and, for the first time, the AlmaLaurea University Consortium.
More than 100 young people and 20 companies participated to the 2016 edition, divided into two sessions, the first dedicated to thematic workshops, the second to direct meetings between young people and company representatives.
Career Day was created to offer orientation, support, and networking to young Italians who arrive in increasing numbers on the Chinese job market, and it allowed them to study especially the themes dedicated to work and training visas, Chinese job contracts, and also to the fiscal and insurance system.
Ettore Sequi, Italian Ambassador in China, started by underlining the complexity of the Chinese market and the importance of promoting and increasing cooperation between all parties involved. “The initiative’s success,” he underlined, “demonstrates that there is a need for occasions like this one. The career day was organized especially to answer students’ and academic institutions’ expectations and to meet the needs of the companies looking to find and create loyal, qualified, and specialized human resources, ready to operate in a special market like the one in China.”
AlmaLaurea presented Chinese market programs prepared by the Interuniversity Consortium to participants, and they also illustrated services to companies and data about Chinese students in Italy. These data are very useful for monitoring the increased interest of young Chinese university students who might decide to complete their studies in Italy.
During her speech, Marina Timoteo, Director of AlmaLaurea, underlined how the number of Chinese students that graduated in our country has increased. “From 2004 to 2014 they have almost tripled, and they are today the second largest national group, behind students coming from Albania, with a marked preference for Engineering and Economics/Statistics.”
The Career Day concluded with B2B meetings between companies and recent university graduates. All the sectors in which Italy is active in China were represented: manufacturing, agricultural, food, tourism, training, and attracting investments. Among the companies there were international brands like Pirelli and Luxottica, and Italian firms that have been present on the Chinese market for some time, like Rdm Group, Ceramiche di Imola, Gartour, Tommaso Pretti Sport, and The Embassy Italian School. Even universities participated: Ca’ Foscari University Global Management for China, Roma Tre Universities, and Naples Oriental University.