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HKTDC Education and Careers Expo 2017
  • A record-breaking number of 868 educational institutions, consulting firms, professional associations, government departments, semi-government bodies and private enterprises from 22 countries and regions were represented in the Expo, up 6.5% over 2016.
  • The Expo featured two main sections—Education and Career, with four Education Theme Days: Chinese Mainland, Japan, Europe and Australia & New Zealand, as well as four Career Theme Days: Tech & Innovation, Arts, Start-up and Electrical and Mechanical.
  • 100 events were arranged including seminars on further education, theme day talks, celebrities sharing sessions, tips on taking IELTS examinations, working holiday schemes as well as start-up sharing sessions.
  • Various government departments together with private and public organisations considered on-the-spot job applications. A total of more than 2,300 job opportunities comprising summer jobs and internships were offered during the Expo.



Talent Matching Platform for Enterprises
Education and Careers Expo is an influential event of its kind in Hong Kong. It provides a one-stop platform for employers and education institutions to meet their ideal employees and students. The 27th edition of the Expo was held during 23-26 February 2017 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. It welcomed a record-breaking representation from 868 educational institutions, professional associations, government departments, public organisations and private companies from 22 countries and regions, up 6.5% over 2016.

The Expo featured two key sections—Education and Career, which showcased Hong Kong’s most influential and comprehensive recruiters and educational institutes.
Education Section
The Education Section featured academic institutions, language schools as well as institutions of continuing education. On top of the prestigious academic institutions from Hong Kong, Austria, Canada, Chinese mainland, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Macau, Mexico, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, language schools were there to present a wide range of professional courses at different levels. Exhibitors such as Vocational Training Council (VTC), Hang Seng Management College, The Open University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, YMC College of Careers, Arts Education Section of Education Bureau, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Baron School of Music showcased details of different courses and highlighted the diversity of options available.
The highlighted Youth Zone included exhibitors who are dedicated to helping youngsters evaluate job prospects in different industries and identify careers that best suit their talent and interests. Exhibitors in this zone included the Labour Department, Youth.gov.hk, Vocational Training Council, The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, The Boys' & Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Youth Exchange Promotion United Association.
Career Section
The Career Section comprised of government departments, semi-government & professional organisations, and private enterprises that were all hungry for talents.
Hong Kong Government departments participating such as Civil Service Bureau, Government Secretariat, Hong Kong Correctional Services Department, Customs & Excise Department, Electrical & Mechanical Services Department, Hong Kong Fire Services Department, Hong Kong Police Force, Marine Department, Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board and Immigration Department. Professional bodies taking part included the Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management, Hong Kong Mediation Centre, The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors, The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and The Law Society of Hong Kong and so on.  
Career Theme Days were also arranged to acquaint students with the latest industry trends. The Tech & Innovation theme day explored trends in digital technology and research and development, while opportunities in the creative sectors such as digital games, film, performing arts, fine arts, design, architecture and media were organised under the Arts theme day. Formed by the Electrical Mechanical Services Department along with 18 related organisatons, the ever-popular Electrical & Mechanical theme day spotlighted industry prospects and various training programmes, as well as offering job opportunities on-site. Moreover, to keep abreast of the start-up boom in Hong Kong, the Start-up theme day gathered entrepreneurs to share their start-up journey to embolden young people who wish to start their own business.
Study and Working Aboard
During the Expo, four special theme days provided in-depth introductions on studying in different countries/regions including the Chinese mainland, Europe, Australia and New Zealand as well as Japan, which made its debut presence this year. Representatives from different institutions hosted seminars to talk about the pre-requisites of admission, necessary documents, timeline for applications, subjects to study, campus life and more.  
Gathering various Consulate General (CG) offices and officially recognised bodies, the newly launched “International Exchange Village” provided visitors with information and consultation service on studying and working abroad. Participating CG offices include Hungary, Korea, Mexico, Sweden, South Africa and the United States, as well as countries along the “Belt and Road” such as Bangladesh, Cambodia, Czech Republic, Iran and the Philippines.
In addition to education and employment, many young people have joined Working Holiday Schemes to broaden their horizons. This year, Consulate Generals of France, Germany and Japan provided essential information such as their annual quotas, application eligibilities and procedures, as well as short-term job opportunities and courses available.
Experts and Celebrity Seminar Sessions
A number of star speakers also took part in the Expo to share their experiences in climbing up the career ladder, including Mr. Lau Ming-wai, Chairman, Commission on Youth; Mr. Chan Chi-wan, Stephen, Senior media person; Miss. Kei Chiong, Apprentice Jockey of Hong Kong Jockey Club; Dr. Ben Au Yueng, Senior Lecturer at Department of Chinese Language and Literature, CUHK; and Shangrilayt, renowned YouTuber. Young Founders of F&B start-ups, “Y Cocktail & Mocktail” and “Mak’s Beer”, also came to share their start-up journey.
Looking Ahead
Following the success of the 2017 event, Education & Careers Expo 2018 is set to remain as an important event for both students and job-seekers. Be sure not to miss it!



For further information, please visit the official website of the fair at: http://www.hktdc.com/hkeducationexpo


Or contact:
Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Exhibitions Department
Unit 13, Expo Galleria
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 1830 668
Fax: (852) 2824 0026
Email: exhibitions@hktdc.org