World-savviness a key future skill - Future China Advanced Leaders Programme participants conferred SkillsFuture Study Award for Internationalisation

09 July 2016


Five participants from the 2016 Future China Advanced Leaders Programme (FC-ALP) received the SkillsFuture Study Award for Internationalisation at the inaugural Awards Ceremony held on 9th July. The ceremony was presided by Guest-of-Honour Mr Ong Ye Kung, Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) & Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Defence.

The SkillsFuture Study Award for Internationalisation provides opportunities for recipients to enrol in courses to deepen essential skill-sets to navigate and overcome the complexity of overseas markets. The five participants each received a $5000 monetary grant for their participation in this year’s FC-ALP.

Mr Chris Pok, General Manager China, Singapore Airlines is looking forward to participating in the upcoming FC-ALP. "China is now at an important crossroad as the economy adjusts to a new norm. It is an exciting time to be in China right now even though the challenges are huge. I am glad to have this opportunity to attend FC-ALP to learn from fellow course mates and various thought leaders regarding their views of China, its opportunities and challenges. I appreciate the support provided by SkillsFuture Study Award."

Mr Christopher Ng, Executive Director, Triplestar Holdings shared, “As a young entrepreneur looking for new growth opportunities, China is inevitably a market to venture into, especially since it is one of the largest economies in the world. Through this course, I hope to gain an insider's perspective on the political, economic and cultural environment of China. I look forward to the extensive networking opportunities which will allow me to exchange ideas with the lecturers, government officials, business leaders and course mates.”

“Singapore continues to develop as a global commodity trading hub and China is an important market for commodities,” stated Mr Lim Boon Kiat, CFO, Asia Pacific, Concordia Agritrading Pte Ltd (Nidera Group). “I hope to develop a better understanding of China markets, its policies and business culture, as well as Singapore government's trade strategies and policies, with respect to trading relations with China.”

For one week each in the months of August to October 2016, FC-ALP participants will embark on a highly interactive learning journey towards gaining invaluable insights into latest developments in China, and preparing themselves to be “China-ready” and “China-savvy”.

The course includes a week-long experiential journey in China to give participants first-hand encounters with various facades of China’s society. This year, the FC-ALP delegation will be travelling to Shenzhen and Chongqing. Shenzhen has come to be known as the silicon valley of the east, being the birth place of Tencent, Huawei and many large internet and IT corporations. Chongqing has been chosen as the city where the 3rd government to government project resides. With the “One Belt One Road” initiative and development of the western region of China, participants can explore opportunities brought about by the Chongqing Connectivity Initiative. Exclusive networking sessions with senior government officials and key business leaders will also enable participants to further develop their internationalisation network and capability.

CEO of Business China, Ms Sun Xueling noted that, “To succeed in China, we need a deep understanding of the country’s history, culture and operating environment. FC-ALP addresses these topics in an engaging and insightful way, providing a platform for participants to gain insights into the latest developments in China and navigate the China market with greater confidence. We are happy to have the support of SkillsFuture to engage the next generation of international business leaders and enhance their China Quotient.”

Into its fifth edition this year, the FC-ALP is jointly organised by Business China and Nanyang Business School, and supported by its strategic partner International Enterprise (IE) Singapore. It is the only senior executive management course in Asia to comprehensively address the complex dynamics between social, political, economic and cultural factors that are fuelling China’s rapid rise.

Course dates for 2016 FC-ALP:

Singapore: 15 – 19 August 2016
China: 29 August – 4 September 2016
Singapore: 10 – 14 October 2016

Enrolment is on-going and all applications should reach Business China by 25 July 2016. Interested applicants can find out more details on the course content and available subsidies on www.futurechina-alp.sg.

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For further enquiries, you may contact:

Deng Shiying (Ms)
Senior Associate (Corporate Communications)
Business China
Email: shiying@businesschina.org.sg

About Business China

Launched in November 2007 by Founding Patron and Singapore’s Founding Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Business China’s mission is to nurture an inclusive bilingual and bicultural group of Singaporeans through extensive use of the Chinese language as the medium of communication, so as to sustain our multi-cultural heritage, and to develop a cultural and economic bridge linking the world and China.

For more information, please visit www.businesschina.org.sg.