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    22 Feb 2016
    VTC kicks off “International Fortnight” broadening global exposure of students and staff

    Riding on the success of its first ‘International Fortnight’, the Vocational Training Council (VTC) is launching the next event in the series, International Fortnight 2016, under the theme of “Link Local, Go Global” from today (22 February) to 4 March (Friday) at various VTC member institutions, offering a thrilling programme of sport, innovation, fashion, language sharing, food and friendship like cultural booths, exhibitions, the International Youth Chat, as well as the culinary demonstration by Michelin-starred chef Max FISCHER and the sharing on proper social etiquette made by UK royal butler Patricia PASKINS with teachers and students.

    At the Opening Ceremony today, VTC Deputy Chairman Eric YIM remarked, “Globalisation has broken down the global barriers that separate countries, people and cultures. It is also shaping the educational landscape. Vocational and professional education and training (VPET) which emphasises equipping people with broad-based transferrable skills, is gaining importance in Hong Kong’s education system.”

    25 students appointed as International Student Ambassadors will work in concert with the first event’s Ambassador cohort to promote VTC international exchange activities including meet-ups with students, experts and scholars from different countries.

    Hot on the heels of the cultural booths and International Youth Chat mounted immediately after the opening ceremony, a series of activities will be organised to advance international exchanges, including a Language Taster experience which will enable the acquisition of languages such as French, Spanish, German and Italian, in a relaxed setting. For the International YUMMIES event, Michelin master chef Max FISCHER, who has cooked for the royalty and state leaders, will demonstrate his culinary expertise to promote culture through food. Meanwhile Buckingham Palace royal butler coach Patricia PASKINS will share classic British dining etiquette, dressing and social manners. The close of the International Fortnight 2016 will be crowned by “Basketball for International Friendship”, gathering international friends through sports while lifting the language barriers. Yet another gem is the “Silk x Steel” Car x Fashion Show featured by the Youth College, where automobiles from different parts of the world will be presented alongside exciting fashion trends in innovative ways.

    Established in 1982, the Vocational Training Council (VTC) is the largest vocational and professional education and training provider in Hong Kong with some 250,000 students and trainees each year. The mission of VTC is to provide a valued choice to school leavers and working people to acquire the values, knowledge and skills for lifelong learning and enhanced employability, and also to provide valued supports to industries for their manpower development. VTC has 13 member institutions including the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) , the Institute of Professional Education And Knowledge (PEAK) , the School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE) , the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) , the Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) , Hotel and Tourism Institute (HTI) , Chinese Cuisine Institute (CCI) , International Culinary Institute (ICI) , Maritime Services Training Institute (MSTI) , Youth College , Pro-Act by VTC , Integrated Vocational Development Centre (IVDC) and Shine Skills Centre.

    VTC web site: www.vtc.edu.hk

    Media Enquiry:2836 1790 / 2836 1047
    VTC Deputy Chairman Eric YIM (seventh right) and VTC Executive Director Carrie YAU (eighth right) appointed 25 local and non-local students as International Student Ambassadors to promote international exchange
    VTC Executive Director Carrie YAU toured the cultural booths to experience the uniqueness of different cultures and traditions
    A series of activities, including cultural booths, exhibitions and the International Youth Chat has been organised during the International Fortnight