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VTC International Development Office
International Collaborations
Inbound Visits
Visit by National Formosa University, Taiwan (15 & 16 August 2016)
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Professor Lee Bean Yin, Vice President of National Formosa University, visited the VTC with his six-person delegation on 15 & 16 August, following a student exchange programme which they organized for Youth College in May.  
 
Located north of Kaohsiung, the government-funded National Formosa University is one of the 60 technological and vocational universities in Taiwan, and renowned in respect of its engineering discipline.  
 
The delegation was arranged to meet with operational units at different levels, including THEi, IVE and Youth College, and site visits for a comprehensive overview of the operation of VTC.
 
Visit by University of Highlands and Islands (8 December 2015)
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On 8 December, Ms Audrey Milton, International Director of University of Highlands and Islands (UHI) visited VTC while in Hong Kong for exploration of collaboration opportunities and development of international partnership.  UHI is located in Inverness, a beautiful city of Scotland, and is fully government funded.  It is ranked the ‘best performing young university in Scotland’ and like the VTC, UHI is composed of 13 colleges/centres and offers both Vocational and Higher Education.  One of their particular strengths is the small class sizes where students could be benefited from very close personal attention from academic and support staff throughout their studies.  With its new campus building opened in Nov 2015 and the excellent facilities such as dormitory, UHI can be considered potential partners for short term student exchange and other activities, in the fields of say tourism, health science and renewable energy.
 
Visit by Federacão das Associacões dos Operários de Macau (FAOM) (3 December 2015)
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Among the various partnerships VTC has developed in Macao, FAOM can be counted as one.   As a fact-finding exercise, a 18-member delegation led by Vice President Leong Sun Lok of FAOM visited VTC earlier on with an objective of learning more about the VET system in Hong Kong.  As told, out of the 8,000 associations in Macao, FAOM is one of the largest, with some 60,000 members.  Apart from being briefed the operation and services of the VTC by IDO colleagues, the delegation also conducted a campus visit at IVE(MH).  Although the visit was relatively short, the delegation was very impressed by our teachers, students and facilities.  Currently, Macao is facing shortage of manpower in various fields, hence may be in-service training is one of the future collaboration areas that can be developed between the two bodies.
 
Visit by Zhongshan Centre for Disease Control & Prevention (27 November 2015)
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Zhongshan Centre for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) is a key partner of the Applied Science discipline (AS) for students’ industrial attachment.  A CDC delegation scheduled a visit to the VTC from 26 November to 28 November 2015 and was jointly received by AS and IDO.  Taking this opportunity, IDO formally introduced the VTC to the guests on the first day, followed by meetings with external parties in the subsequent two days, including a technology start-up company at the Hong Kong Science Park (HKSP).  The core business of the company is replacing animal testing with an award winning innovative transgenic fish embryos test.  Other places where the delegation visited were Vegetable Marketing Organization (VMO) at the Cheung Sha Wan Wholesale Vegetable Market and a Food Fiesta held by the Hong Kong Food Council.  CDC’s Hong Kong trip was nicely concluded with a tour to the Info Day in Chai Wan Campus, where AS’s food laboratories are located.
 
Visit by Guangdong Department of Human Resources and Social Security (16 November 2015)
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The VTC was pleased to welcome again Mr Zhang Fengqi, Deputy Director of the Guangdong Department of Human Resources and Social Security (GDHRSS) and Mr Chen Junchuan, Head of the Guangdong Occupational Skill Testing Authority.  This time, these gentlemen brought with them the news about a new policy related to the free trade zones (Nansha, Hengqin, Qianhai) in Guangdong province and sought VTC’s opinions about a proposal for mutual recognition of qualifications with Hong Kong and Macao in these areas.  The delegation was received by Executive Director Mrs Carrie Yau and other senior management of VTC.  A visit to PMQ including VTC’s Image Lab 360 was organised and Mr Victor Tsang, Executive Director of PMQ, gave a detailed introduction of the heritage site after having lunch at the Spanish restaurant.
 
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