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Manchester to meet China's demand for graduate talent

23 Nov 2007

AS the Chinese economy continues to grow at a rapid rate, many China-based companies are coming to the UK to recruit the graduate talent they need to compete in an international market. One event which helps them to do so is the Chinese Graduate Fair @ Manchester, which takes place at The University of Manchester on November 28.

 Thousands of students studying in the UK, who have knowledge of Chinese languages and culture, will attend to seek graduate employment and work experience in China.

Over 30 China-based companies will advertise vacancies at the Fair, including multinationals such as Bloomberg, Eversheds LLP, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte, as well as domestic companies, such as SAP Global Service Center, Bank of China and Shanghai Phosphor HR Consulting.

A further 12 organisations will provide relevant information and advice, including UK Trade & Investment, the China-Britain Business Council and SinoVentures.

Amanda Wood, Head of International Career Development at The University of Manchester, said: "Recent studies show that the threat of a talent shortage in China is very real, with the country needing suitable graduate talent to sustain its recent rapid economic growth. The UK is now home to thousands of Chinese students, eager to use their knowledge and experience of international work and study in a global-facing Chinese market.

"The Chinese Graduate Fair @ Manchester provides a bridge between graduate supply and demand, as well as an opportunity for us to celebrate the UK's Chinese student population, and Chinese culture itself."

The fair is organised jointly by the University's Manchester Leadership Programme (MLP) Careers & Employability Division and NCUK. Attending students will be from The University of Manchester and other universities partnered with NCUK.

The University of Manchester's Confucius Institute will bring some eastern culture to the Fair, with Chinese musicians performing and calligraphy demonstrations taking place throughout the day.

The Fair will be opened by the Chinese Consul General, Mr Gong, at 10.45am at the University's Renold Building, and will run until 4pm. To find out more, visit:

Notes to Editors

1. An invitation is extended to journalists and press photographers to attend the Chinese Graduate Fair @ Manchester. Should you wish to attend, please contact Tracey Campbell Monks on 0161 275 4041, or

2. Amanda Wood, Head of International Career Development at the Manchester Leadership Programme, Careers & Employability Division, The University of Manchester, is available for interview on request.

3. Exhibitors at the Fair include Linklaters, Bloomberg, Standard Chartered Bank, Agfa Graphics, Halliwells and AstraZeneca.  Further information, including a complete, up-to-date list of exhibitors, is available online at

4. The University of Manchester is the proud home of the second Confucius Institute in the UK, formed through a partnership between the University, the Office of Chinese Language Council International and Beijing Normal University. The Confucius Institute acts as a principle centre for the dissemination of Chinese language and culture in the North West of England, serving the general public and local communities. It serves as a bridge between the Chinese and British communities, bringing Chinese culture to the lives of UK citizens. Services include the provision of short-term courses in Chinese language and culture, and the delivery of cultural seminars. See:

5. The Chinese Graduate Recruitment Fair is part of an extensive programme of careers fairs and events organised and held through the year by the MLP, Careers & Employability Division at The University of Manchester. A full list of events is available online at:

6. The Manchester Leadership Programme, Careers & Employability Division at The University of Manchester is committed to improving the employability of students and graduates. It works with graduate recruiters across the globe to develop and manage a variety of projects and events, all dedicated to equipping students with key career management skills and knowledge vital for future success. See:

7. NCUK works in a rapidly expanding number of countries, providing a range of courses that prepare international students for undergraduate or postgraduate study outside their home country. It has a long track record of success, with more than 11,000 students from all over the world benefiting from NCUK programmes that guarantee them a place at some of the world's leading universities. Owned by 11 British universities, including The University of Manchester, NCUK is a highly successful education organisation providing pathway programmes for international students. As well as the original 11 founder universities in the North, NCUK works with universities in the South and, more recently, with institutions in the Republic of Ireland and Australia. See:

Tracey Campbell-Monks, Business Development Assistant
MLP, Careers & Employability Division, The University of Manchester
0161 275 2828 /

Rowena Forbes, Marketing & Communications Executive
MLP, Careers & Employability Division, The University of Manchester
0161 275 2828 /