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Confucius Institute at Durban University of Technology Organizes Chinese Enterprises to Job Fair for the First Time

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Durban University of Technology [Time]    2018-09-06 16:28:59 

From August 15th to 16th local time, over 10,000 job seekers and 125 recruiters of South African and world famous companies, enterprises as well as government units came to the Ritson Campus of Durban University of Technology (DUT) to attend the WOW, World of Work Careers Fair, which is the biggest on-campus job fair in South Africa. As a bridge that links mutual cooperation and common development between China and South Africa, the Confucius Institute at DUT sent warm invitations to local Chinese enterprises to attend the fair, and gained great success in its first participation in the WOW.

Job site

Many Chinese enterprises attended the WOW, including, the CRRC, Shanghai Zhenhua Port Machinery Company (ZPMC), China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited (COSCO), Bank of China, and Dongguan Commodity South Africa Exhibition Center. Well-known China-invested companies in South Africa such as GOLF, SunFree, and Value Co also came to the WOW. With solid strength, these large companies gained great popularity among the job seekers.

Chinese companies gaining great popularity among job seekers

Applicants before the exhibition stand of CRRC

Employers explaining information about job vacancies in detail

“To keep up with the developing tendency of our company, we established African center in Durban in 2013,” said Shi Jun, General Manager of the South Africa subsidiary of ZPMC.” “While focusing on our development, we always remind ourselves of our responsibility for and honor of serving local community. Over the past two years, we have created numerous jobs for local students of South Africa and trained them with professional skills. That is how we made our contributions to local community”, he continued.

Shi Jun talking about the on-campus job fair

As Chinese enterprises have seen continuous growth in South Africa, the demand for local employers, especially for those who have a good knowledge of Chinese, is also increasing. “Confucius Institutes have created a brand-new platform for us to develop products and increase our market influence,” according to He Ming, General Manager of South Africa Minzhu Enterprises (Pty) Ltd, a private food company having been running for over ten years in South Africa. “With the help of Confucius Institute, we have deepened our cooperation with DUT in such areas as product development, scientific research as well as talent training. And we hope that even more talented college students who can speak Chinese and are equipped with professional skills will join us,” said He.

He Minglai being interviewed

“This job fair is the largest one in the past ten years, and it is also the first time that Chinese enterprises have been invited to on-campus job fair. I want to say thank you to the Confucius Institute for its strong support and promotion. It is a significant breakthrough for Chinese enterprises to positively take part in the development of local labor market and create job opportunities. We hope that more Chinese enterprises will join in the activity to create a brighter future for our graduates who seek for jobs,” said Shakeel Ori, Director of Cooperative Education Department of DUT.

Another thing worth our attention is that many students, after knowing the requirements of Chinese enterprises, showed keen interests in Chinese learning. They crowed in front of the exhibition stand of the Confucius Institute, asking about information of Chinese courses, and hoping to learn professional Chinese more systematically.

Confucius Institute volunteers introducing Chinese courses

According to Wu Lin, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at DUT, “this job fair has provided a platform for talent exchanges between South Africa students and Chinese enterprises. It is beneficial for both sides. What’s more, it has encouraged more students of the Confucius Institute to learn Chinese well, and offered us a new plan for ‘occupational’ Chinese teaching.” At present, beside routine Chinese training courses and culture promotion activities, the Confucius Institute at DUT are trying to set occupational Chinese training courses for local Chinese enterprises, especially for improving their ability to communicate in Chinese at work. It also works hard to seek more job vacancies both at home and abroad for its students. With all these efforts done, on the one hand, Chinese learners will be given more opportunities to apply what they have learned, and are more likely to succeed in their job seeking; on the other hand, local China-invested enterprises will gain a large talent pool to boost their development. That is how they make sure that culture brings out real outcomes and win-win results for boosting economic development of China and South Africa.