International Students Employability Summit 2017

27th - 28th July | Shanghai and 1st - 2nd August | Hong Kong

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Summit overview

International student employability is a constant issue amongst universities. As student numbers continue to rise, increased pressure on careers services will build. A lack of capacity to deal with the ever-growing numbers is one of the key problems universities face.

The aim of the International Student Employability Summit is to provide real connections between universities and employers of international students. Through our research, we have found that employers are less likely to target overseas universities where they either don't know who to contact, or where to find information on the students to assess how relevant they may be. However, employers confirmed that if they had this valuable information, over 80% said they would consider an overseas university as our 2016 Returnee Report has shown.

With the aim of bridging the gap between returnee students and employers, GradConnection is hosting the 2017 Returnee Summit to help employers and universities share ideas with each other and building lasting and mutually beneficial relationships.

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Reasons why you need to attend

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The United States, United Kingdom and Australia Universities were highly targeted above any other country.
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55% of employers have over 100 vacancies available.
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19% of employers don't target universities because either they don't have a contact, or know how to make contact.
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Over 50% of employers don't target universities because they don't know the international student/returnee numbers at that university.
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86% of respondents would consider targeting universities if they knew they had a large number of relevant international/ returnee students.
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57% of respondents most important attribute for targeting a university is if they have successfully hired from there before.

Learn the key differences of working in each of the 3 largest markets for Chinese and Asian students

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The program

Join GradConnection and help build real connections for your international students. At the summit you will meet career and employability professionals from around the globe, as well as key employers from both China and Hong Kong.

Day 1 - Employers and Universities

Sessions, training and workshops will be run by employers and universities to share best practice on connecting returnee students back home. Below is an outline of the sessions provided for universities:

Morning Session

In this immersive and interactive professional development session, you will gain on-the-ground insight from local and international graduate program experts in areas including:

  • A background of the China, Hong Kong and SEA labour markets (cultural, economic, history)
  • Region-specific graduate salary trends and data
  • Understanding of main industries and sectors seeking graduate talent – Banking & Finance, Media & Communications, Government and Start-ups.
  • Insight to best-practice graduate program strategy and timelines across the China, Hong Kong and SEA regions.
  • Regional comparisons between candidate assessment, development and methodology – including key differences between USA, UK, Australia and the Asian regions.

The structure of the session will include:

  • Market insight quiz – what do you know about the China, Hong Kong and SEA regions when it comes to how and why employers in these regions recruit graduate talent?
  • Comparison of graduate recruitment and development process – when compared to your home region.
  • An understanding of how to better prepare your international students who are returning back to these ‘home’ regions to work.
  • Networking with like-minded careers professionals to share experiences, initiatives and experiences when it comes to managing international students from these regions.
Afternoon Session

Keeping with the theme of region specific knowledge sharing, the afternoon session will build on the morning’s content, the proposed agenda will include:

  • ‘World Café’ – a highly interactive, small group discussion activity with local and international subject matter experts to allow you to ask specific questions in a more intimate environment.
  • Panel Session (Employers) – get a first hand insight to hear from local employers representing a range of industries and sectors about their graduate recruitment and development strategies in this informal panel session.
  • Panel Session (Students) – hear directly from student alumni who are working in the region to understand more about their challenges, experiences and how to better set them up for success when returning home.

Day 2 - Exhibition for your students

A career fair will be run where employers will exhibit to meet the attending universities students who are already back home. It's important to note the following:

  • Any university attending the summit can invite their students to attend
  • Universities can get involved by either attending or encouraging their students to attend
  • Sponsorship opportunities are available for universities wanting to gain extra exposure to the employers attending
  • Sponsor universities will also have access to exclusive training for their students on becoming an employable returnee

R.S.V.P below to reserve your space.

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Summit Locations


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Day 1: 27th July, 9AM - 5PM

Training / Professional Development session & World Café

Location: Grand Kempinski Hotel 1288 Lujiazui Ring Rd, LuJiaZui, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200120

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Day 2: 28th July, 9:30AM - 12PM

Networking Session with Employers

2PM - 5PM - Returnee Career Fair

Location: China Financial Information Conference Centre

Hong Kong

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Day 1: 1st August, 1PM - 5PM

Training / Professional Development Session

6PM - 9PM - Networking event and panel session for employers and Universities

Location: Harbour View Room I & II, The Excelsior Hotel 281 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

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Day 2: 2nd August, 2PM -5PM

Returnee Career Fair

Location: Harbour View Rooms, The Excelsior Hotel (Same as day 1)

Summit Hotel Special Rates


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Location: Grand Kempinski Hotel - Luxury 5 Star Hotel

Proximity: Grand Kempinski Hotel (Same location as Day 1 venue) 6 Minute walk to China Financial Information Conference Centre (Day 2 venue)

Address: 1288 Lujiazui Ring Rd, LuJiaZui, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200120

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Rate: $152 USD per night - Special Conference Rate

Hong Kong

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Location: The Excelsior Hotel - Luxury 5 Star Hotel

Proximity: Same location as Day 1 and 2 event venue

Address: 81 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

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Rate: $205 USD per night - Special Conference Rate by Jardines who is a Conference Participant and large employer of International Students

After confirming your attendance via the registration form, the team will be in touch to cater to your accommodation requirements

Pricing for 2017

Book to Attend the 2017 International Students Employability Summit

Please complete the below form and a representative will be in touch to provide options for you and your staff attending. You can contact us on [email protected] if you have any questions.