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Six UTech students for China tour

Thursday, May 22, 2014    

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SIX University of Technology (UTech) students are scheduled to leave the island on May 27 for a 21-day study tour of China.

Their visit is being made possible by several donors, including a $500,000 contribution from the Lasco Group, headed by Executive Chairman Lascelles Chin.

"China is poised to be the largest economy in the world and we need to remind them that we are here," Chin told a recent briefing for programme participants held at the Technology Innovation Centre at UTech, as he expressed his support for the initiative.

Professor Rosalea Hamilton, UTech's vice-president for community service and chair of entrepreneurship and development, said the objective of the tour to China is to provide participants an opportunity to gain first-hand business, education and cultural experience. The focus, she said, will be on academic/educational pursuits, business entrepreneurship and music and culture.

"One of the important objectives of the trip is to begin to introduce businesses to the opportunities that exist in China, especially small and medium businesses which cannot afford to go physically," said Professor Hamilton.

While in China, the UTech delegation will participate in tours, presentations, business meetings and observational sessions.

The group is expected to share its experience with the wider Jamaican community through a documentary trailer to be produced by the Creative Production and Training Centre (CPTC), blogging and other online platforms.

A cohort of representatives from the Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China, led by First Secretary XU Kun, last week provided the UTech team with extensive information on the history and achievements of China and its impact on Jamaican culture.

Chin, of Chinese decent, was able to give further insight to the group, both as a Jamaican who has travelled to China and as a local business leader with extensive experience with Chinese culture in Jamaica.

In addition to the monetary contribution, the Lasco chairman made a personal commitment to donate historical books on China to UTech's resource library.

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