Tai­wan com­pa­nies of­fer in­tern­ships in Dong­guan

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - YOUTH - By LI WENFANG in Guangzhou li­wen­fang@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Fif­teen Tai­wan com­pa­nies in Dong­guan, Guang­dong prov­ince, are of­fer­ing 128 in­tern­ship po­si­tions to stu­dents from eight Tai­wan uni­ver­si­ties to al­low them to gain knowl­edge of busi­ness op­er­a­tions.

The stu­dents will spend nine months start­ing Septem­ber at the com­pa­nies in the pro­gram jointly or­ga­nized by Dong­guan Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy, the Hu­men branch of the Tai­wan Busi­ness­men As­so­ci­a­tion Dong­guan and eight Tai­wan uni­ver­si­ties, in­clud­ing the Tai- wan Univer­sity of Science and Tech­nol­ogy, and the Taipei Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy.

The pro­gram is much longer than pre­vi­ous in­tern­ships in Dong­guan of­fered to Tai­wan stu­dents by other or­ga­ni­za­tions, which mostly cov­ered two months in the sum­mer va­ca­tion, says Chen Wei, the dean of the Guang­dong-Tai­wan Col­lege of In­dus­trial Science and Tech­nol­ogy, of the Dong­guan Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy.

It will al­low the stu­dents to gain more knowl­edge of the main­land and get ac­cus­tomed to the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment, he says.

Hu Chien-min, the sec­re­tary­gen­eral of the Tai­wan Busi­ness- men As­so­ci­a­tion Dong­guan’s Hu­men branch, sees sig­nif­i­cant de­mand from Tai­wan stu­dents for the in­tern­ship, adding that the in­tern­ship pro­gram may have to be ex­tended next year.

The Tai­wan com­pa­nies also need “fresh blood” who are ac­cus­tomed to Tai­wan-style management, he says.

The mem­bers of the Hu­men branch com­prise more than 260 com­pa­nies, and they are en­gaged in man­u­fac­tur­ing of gar­ments, ma­chin­ery, elec­tron­ics and ca­bles.

Tai­wan com­pa­nies in Dong­guan num­bered 3,447 at the end of last year, ac­cord­ing to the city’s com­merce bureau.

Mean­while, the num­ber of Tai­wan com­pa­nies in Guang­dong stood at 27,173 as of March, and in­volved $63.46 bil­lion in investment from Tai­wan.

Trade be­tween Guang­dong and Tai­wan ac­counted for about one-third of all crossS­traits trade, ac­cord­ing to the pro­vin­cial Tai­wan af­fairs of­fice.

Stu­dents in the in­tern­ship pro­gram in Dong­guan will be paid a monthly salary of 5,000 yuan ($735), with free food and ac­com­mo­da­tion, for po­si­tions at com­pa­nies mainly pro­duc­ing elec­tron­ics and home ap­pli­ances, says Hu.

The aca­demic cred­its gained from the in­tern­ship in Dong­guan will be rec­og­nized by their uni­ver­si­ties and the Tai­wan ed­u­ca­tion author­i­ties, says Chen.

The Dong­guan Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy will tu­tor Tai­wan stu­dents tak­ing the in­tern­ship as its Guang­dong-Tai­wan Col­lege of In­dus­trial Science and Tech­nol­ogy has about a dozen teach­ers from Tai­wan.

in Guang­dong prov­ince are Tai­wan-in­vested as of March.

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