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VTC International Development Office
International Collaborations
Inbound Visits
Visit by Ministry of Education and Technology Universities, Taiwan (30 October 2015)
Under the coordination of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Ms Yang Min Ling, Director General, Department of International and Cross-strait Education of the Taiwan Ministry of Education and a group of Taiwan technology university principals spent an afternoon at Hong Kong Design Institute on 30 October, 2015.  Apart from touring around the training facilities of the iconic design institute, the Taiwan delegation was given a briefing on VTC’s Technological Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong, one of VTC’s member institutions, as the courses offered by the Taiwan universities have a lot in common with that of THEi.  The exchange would facilitate better mutual understanding which might give rise to future collaboration opportunities.
Visit by HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, the Netherlands (30 October 2015)
The Netherlands is another country in Europe, apart from Germany and Switzerland, which offers extremely viable option for students who prefer hands on learning and a career in the skilled trades, through its vocational training track.  Ms Jelly J. Offereins, Director of International Affairs, HU Business School, HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, the Netherlands (HU) visited VTC on 30 October 2015 and, taking this opportunity, she was invited to meet with representatives of IVE Business Administration Discipline, THEi Faulty of Management of Hospitality and Student Development Office.  Ms Offereins gave the participants an introduction of their summer school which offers a wide range of courses to international students.  Other than that, discussions were focused on the exploration of student exchange possibilities.

As this was Ms Offereins’ first-time visit to the VTC, she was shown around the Retail Lab, Chinese Culinary Institute and Hong Kong Design Institute by the respective colleagues.

Visit by Guangdong Food & Drug Vocational College (27 & 28 October 2015)
Guangdong Food & Drug Vocational College (GDFDVC) is a partner of the VTC.  It signed an MoU in November 2013 with the Applied Science discipline on issues related to food safety.  On 27-28 October 2015, the new Principal of GDFDVC, Mr Zheng Yanyun, joined with the representatives from Guangdong Food and Drug Administration to visit the VTC for the first time.  They were arranged to see VTC Tao Miao Institute and the Applied Science Discipline laboratories in IVE(CW) during the two-day visit.  

GDFDVC advised that they are planning to construct an exhibition site to showcase food safety and extended an invitation to the VTC to take part, as Hong Kong has a robust system in this area.   To follow up on this, a visit to GDFDVC and the site by relevant VTC colleagues will be arranged by the International Development Office for more in-depth discussion as well as to explore industrial attachment opportunities for our students in this project.
Visit by Fiji Higher Education Commission (26 October 2015)
Fiji, a country located in the South Pacific Ocean, is probably not well-known to most people.  In fact, like Hong Kong, Fiji has a lot of vocational providers and, according to the Fiji Higher Education Commission (FHEC) representatives who visited the VTC recently, they are striving to improve their operations, programme delivery, internal quality assurance etc.  It was with these objectives in mind that they visited the VTC to understand our practices in these areas.  Under the arrangement of International Development Office (IDO), meetings with both the Quality Assurance and Accreditation Office and Qualifications Framework Secretariat were lined up for the two-person delegation of FHEC for thorough and in-depth exchanges with their counterparts in the VTC.  FHEC also told IDO that they will host the next round of International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) in 2016!
Visit by Inje University, Korea (16 October 2015)
Representatives from Inje University, Korea visited the VTC on 16 October 2015 for a discussion on potential collaboration opportunities.  The visit was part of Inje University’s fact-finding mission to China and Hong Kong.   During the meeting, they introduced Inje’s Korean language and culture programme which might be suitable for VTC students for outbound exchange, as Korea is considered one of the most popular places for young people in recent years.    It was agreed that both sides would maintain communications and explore possible collaboration directions.
Inje University is a private university which was established in 1932.  The university was originally founded as a medical college and even at today, its medical college is considered to be one of the university’s key academic areas.