New pro­gram that matches Chi­nese stu­dents with lo­cal busi­nesses

‘Fos­ter­ing these global con­nec­tions is cru­cial’

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF

Grant Thorn­ton is seek­ing Chi­nese univer­sity stu­dents to par­tic­i­pate in a pi­lot pro­gram de­signed to stim­u­late in­ter­na­tional trade op­por­tu­ni­ties for Nova Sco­tia busi­nesses.

The pro­gram matches stu­dents from China who are at­tend­ing Nova Sco­tia univer­si­ties with busi­nesses in the province that want to grow by con­nect­ing to op­por­tu­ni­ties in China.

The pro­gram is based on the premise that many Chi­nese univer­sity stu­dents know busi­ness own­ers in China, and there are Nova Sco­tia busi­nesses that need help ac­cess­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in China.

“This pro­gram will help con­nect our out­stand­ing in­ter­na­tional stu­dents with the busi­ness com­mu­nity,” Pa­tri­cia Brad­shaw, dean of the Sobey School of Busi­ness at Saint Mary’s Univer­sity, said in a press re­lease.

“Fos­ter­ing these global con­nec­tions is cru­cial, whether stu­dents re­turn home to work or even con­sider immigration as a vi­able op­tion for their fu­tures.”

The pro­gram will match 10 Chi­nese stu­dents from univer­si­ties in Nova Sco­tia who have con­nec­tions to busi­nesses in the seafood, agri-food and tech­nol­ogy sec­tors in China with rel­e­vant Nova Sco­tia busi­nesses.

If the pi­lot is suc­cess­ful it will be ex­panded to in­clude stu­dents from other coun­tries.

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