VTC International Development Office

Connecting to the World Seminar Series
Internationalisation can also happen ‘here’!  Aiming at helping VTC staff and students keep abreast of international key issues and/or knowledge about specific topics, non-local experts and talents are invited from time to time to deliver talks under the Connecting to the World Seminar Series coordinated by IDO. 

During the International Fortnight 2017 event from 28 February to 10 March, IDO had organised a number of talks, many of those were in collaboration with the Consulate Generals in Hong Kong.

Culture and Economy of Iran
Dr Mehdi Fakheri - Consul General, Consulate General of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Hong Kong and Macao
(1 March 2017 at VTC Tower)

Dr Mehdi Fakheri took the audience to an interesting journey of Iranian culture by talking about poetry, music, cinematography and sports.   His talk also covered Iranian economy and tourism.  Some major cities of Iran were portrayed for a better understanding about this ‘mysterious’ country under the veil. 

Dr Mehdi Fakheri talked about the Iranian culture and economy.

Economic Development of Hungary
Dr Péter Garai, Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Hungary in Hong Kong and Macao
(1 March 2017 at VTC Tower)

Since 2010, Hungary has introduced a string of measures aimed at reshaping the country’s economy into an investment friendly environment.  Building on the country’s strong traditions in education and innovation, changes to the tax, labour and incentive legislation as well as the government’s new strategy of strengthening economic ties with Asia are now bearing fruit.  Through the sharing by Dr Péter Garai, we learnt about Hungary in general, its participation in the Belt and Road initiative and how it has become one of the fastest growing economies of the European Union.

Dr Péter Garai shared how Hungary recovered from the economic downturn

Germany Dual VET and Vocational Education 4.0
Dr Margot Ohlms, Consultant of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder (KMK), Germany
(2 March 2017 at VTC Tower)

Funded by the VTC International Visiting Fellows/Scholars Scheme, the Youth College has invited Dr Margot Ohlms to Hong Kong during the period of the International Fortnight.  Among the various activities, she delivered an inspiring seminar to the VTC colleagues on the structure of VET in Germany and introduced the influence of industry 4.0 on vocational education.

The talk was full house of audience as many colleagues were interested in the topic

Islamic Culture
Imam Uthman Yang, The Islamic Union of Hong Kong
(3 March 2017 at Youth College (Yeo Chei Man))

Islam is one of the top three religions and the fastest-growing major religion in the world with over 1.7 billion followers.  In Hong Kong, there are around 300,000 Muslims, in which 50,000 are Chinese and 150,000 are Indonesians.  With the growing number of non-Chinese speaking students in VTC and to facilitate our daily interaction with Muslim people, this talk which had been previously conducted two years ago was rerun, hoping that our staff and students will understand more about the Islamic Culture.  Although this was the second time Imam Yang delivered the talk for us, the number of staff and students signed up was encouraging.

An interesting presentation by Imam Yang enlightend audience about the Islamic culture

South Africa – A Country in Transition and International Film Appreciation - “Invictus”
Mr Leon Naidoo, Consul (Political), South African Consulate General Hong Kong SAR/ Macao SAR
(6 March 2017 at VTC Tower)

April 27th 1994 marked the end of apartheid rule and introduced a new Constitutional order, where all South Africans worked towards a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous society.  The talk gave the background information about this historic event and, in addition, introduced South Africa’s culture, tourism opportunities, current socio economic development, as well as the transformational leadership of Nelson Mandela and latest efforts in addressing the legacy of Apartheid.

For a better understanding of the event, the talk was immediately followed by screening of the film “Invictus”.  This award winning film showcased how the newly elected President Mandela made use of South Africa’s rugby team to help unite the new country.

Mr Leon Naidoo shared the latest development of South Africa

Culture of the Czech Republic
Mr Dalibor Mička - Consul and Deputy Consul General, Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Hong Kong
(8 March 2017 at IVE (Sha Tin))

Apart from being one of Europe´s top travel destinations with countless cultural and historical points of interest, the Czech Republic is a country of great historical and cultural importance.  Since few VTC students and colleagues had been to Czech Republic, Mr Dalibor Micka unfolded before us the beautiful capital city Prague and many other towns and historic monuments in this country, which are so well-preserved and noted in the UNESCO register as world cultural and heritage landmarks.
In addition, the Czech Republic is also famous in film production, video games development and beer production.  Mr Dalibor Mička shared with us the many successful stories also in these areas and taught us the longest word in Czech.

Mr Dalibor Mička taught us the longest word in Czech language

To Discover the Philippines
Mr Robert D. Quintin – Vice Consul, Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong SAR
(8 March 2017)

The culture of Philippines is a combination of Eastern and Western influences.  Due to historical reason, the Philippines exhibits not only aspects found in other Asian countries and Southeast Asian heritage, but also culture displaying a significant degree of Spanish and American influences.  It has numerous beautiful islands and attractive landscapes.  The people of the Philippines, in particular, are talented in languages and music.  Audience was immersed in a lovely song ‘Anak’ sang by Mr Quentin, who used to be a musician before working for the Consulate.

Mr Robert Quintin sang a song for us