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Innovative luncheon connects graduating students and employers

03 Feb 2021

Professor Alexander Wai, President and Vice-chancellor of HKBU (middle) presents certificates of appreciation to industry experts.
Professor Alexander Wai, President and Vice-chancellor of HKBU (middle) presents certificates of appreciation to industry experts. 
Professor Alexander Wai, President and Vice-chancellor of HKBU (middle) and students who showcase their talents in the event.
Professor Alexander Wai, President and Vice-chancellor of HKBU (middle) and students who showcase their talents in the event.
Industry experts share their experience and insights at the event.
Industry experts share their experience and insights at the event.

At a time when the economic and the employment market are hampered by COVID-19, HKBU’s Office of Student Affairs and the School of Communication took the lead to organise the “Employers’ Luncheon 3.0” on 1 February. The innovative event adopted a mixed-mode approach to overcome social distancing barriers and connected graduating students with employers.

 

The event, which had the theme “Work Together with Heart”, was well attended by about 180 students who met online with more than 400 employer representatives from a wide range of business fields. In collaboration with social enterprises, vegetarian lunchboxes with recipe recommended by the School of Chinese Medicine were prepared and delivered to the employers’ offices, and they enjoyed their lunch while watching the event’s online programme. About 20 employer representatives even had lunch together with HKBU students for more in-depth exchanges.

 

In his welcoming remarks, Professor Alexander Wai, who officially joined HKBU as the new President and Vice-Chancellor for the first day, said: “This event is a perfect example of HKBU’s innovative solutions to challenges. With the whole world weathering through storm and strife in a year, ‘work’ and the ‘workplace’ are redefined. We are no longer just focusing on traditional work and employment models, but will develop our students as passionate, resilient and adaptable individuals.”

 

The event’s online programme featured eight HKBU students who showcased their talents and shared their career aspirations. Industry experts were also invited to share their experience and insights into how mentoring and internships can maintain a stable and efficient workforce, as well as how they have helped the Generation Z develop and excel in a highly competitive employment market.