(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Last Saturday the 21st July, twelve Saint Lucian students in Taiwan participated in an Intern-Career Introduction and lunch at the headquarters of one of Taiwan’s leading Banks.
The students were provided with career advice, guidance on developing and writing resumes and applying for jobs by the Vice Chairman of Hua Nan Bank Tommy Lin, who co-hosted the event with Saint Lucia’s Ambassador to Taiwan, Edwin Laurent.
Hua Nan Bank is one of the oldest and largest in Taiwan and has a number of subsidiary companies and affiliates in a wide range of areas.
The initiative to have this workshop came out of discussions in the last two weeks on collaboration between the Bank and the Embassy.
The students at Saturday’s workshop engaged in a lively discussion on a number of issues, relating to careers, banking and financial matters and business.
Since Taiwan is so advanced economically and technologically, getting Saint Lucian students employed with its businesses can be very beneficial. Among other things, it provides them, not just with some income, but also an invaluable learning opportunity before they return home to contribute to the prosperity and advancement of the island.
Mr. Lin said that, in general, Taiwanese businesses know very little of the island, so when they engage Saint Lucians, they can learn about and get to better understand its life, culture, economy and opportunities.
The employee, even if initially an intern, therefore facilitates introduction and potentially, investment and joint ventures in Saint Lucia.
At the end of the workshop on Saturday, it was agreed that the Embassy will gather the details and resumes of all Saint Lucian students who are interested in internships and will compile and send them to the Bank, which will circulate them to the managers of its Branches and affiliated businesses for arranging attachments.
The Minister of External Affairs, the Honorable Sarah Flood-Beabrun, has sent messages both to the Vice Chairman of Hua Nan Bank and to St Lucia’s Ambassador in Taiwan, commending them on this joint initiative.
She welcomed the offer of the internships since they can be of tremendous value to the students, both immediately and for their career development. She also pointed out that getting St Lucians engaged by Taiwanese businesses can ultimately help advance business relations and cooperation that benefit both countries.
In other news from Taiwan; last week four Saint Lucia Medical Students at the I -Shou University’s School of Medicine for International Students received their White Coats and will commence their rotations at the I-Shou hospital. They were Meghan Mangal, Le-Ann Yarde, Trevern Cooper and Shawn Small.
The Embassy is preparing to welcome the new students arriving for the next academic year beginning September 2018. The largest contingent, ten, arrive in Taipei at the end of August. They will begin a one-year intensive Chinese language programme before they commence their studies at various universities in Taiwan.
Another four students will arrive about the same time but will be going straight to the universities where their programmes will be conducted in English.