EU-China Managers Exchange and Training Programme

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We are delighted to promote the EU-China Managers Exchange and Training Programme, and to highlight some recent news that it has put out:

    “The double-digit growth rates the Chinese economy has shown in the past years have brought about a strong demand for professionals and managers that currently cannot be met. According to a survey published recently by the human resources consultancy Hewitt Associates, 55 per cent of corporations invested in China plan to hire new staff in 2008. The EU-China Managers Exchange and Training Programme (METP), financed by the European Comission and China, aims to meet this rising demand by offering an unmatched high-level training scheme. The programme aims at EU managers and professionals interested in gaining China expertise as well as Chinese managers with an ambition to train in management in Europe. The application period for METP’s 2009 programme has started this month.

    For EU-based companies and especially SMEs, METP offers the possibility to train their employees to become qualified experts for the Chinese market. Ideally, these experts will utilise their newly acquired skills and contacts needed to conduct business with China. Long-term objective of METP is to enhance and to sustainably improve the EU’s relationship with China through exchange and economic cooperation. Stefan Hell, Team Leader in Beijing: “Despite the strong coverage China has received through the Beijing Olympics, the country and its business culture remains unknown to most European managers. To be successful in China, one needs a profound knowledge of economy, culture and business ethics. And this is what METP offers applicants. At the same time the programme functions as a platform where Europeans and Chinese meet and build long-term relationships – the basic foundation for successful business in China.”

    Besides the organisation of the whole stay, the EU will cover all tuition fees. METP will provide participants with a monthly living allowance (about 1.000 Euros). All graduates receive an official diploma signed by the EU Ambassador to China.

    METP is a four-year initiative of the European Commission and the Chinese Government and is divided into four intakes, each lasting ten months. Intake 3 starts in October 2008. Application deadline for intake 4 is January 4th, 2009. Applicants should have no or only very limited knowledge of Chinese language, should be between 26 and 40 years of age and must have a minimum of five years work experience. In addition to credible academic qualifications the candidates have to present a compelling business plan for their stay in China. Applicants who convince the European and Chinese selection jury of the feasibility of their business plan will obtain an invitation to a personal interview and assessment centre in Brussels or Beijing in 2009.

    For further information about application modalities, download instructions for the application dossier and for general information about METP visit www.metp.net.cn or contact the METP hotline at +49 69 15402 638.”

About the Programme

    “The EU-China Managers Exchange and Training Programme (METP) is a four-year intergovernmental cooperation project between the European Commission and the Government of the People’s Republic of China. Placed within the dynamic context of continuously evolving relations between the EU and China, the non-profit programme is designed to enhance business expertise by developing European and Chinese human resources. METP aims to train and financially support internships for 200 Chinese managers in the EU and 200 European managers in China. The programme is implemented by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade from 2006 to 2010, and total funding from the EC and the Government of China is 23 million Euros.”

    Enquiries:
    PUBLICIS Consultants | Deutschland
    Sarah von Hauenschild, Tel.: +49-69-15402-367, Fax: +49-69-15402-270
    E-Mail: sarah.von.hauenschild@publicis-consultants.de

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