28 February 2018

China experts to speak at Business Forum

Two international China experts will speak at this year’s South Island Lantern Business Forum, helping leaders from the international education, tourism and export sectors take a strategic view of opportunities presented by the market.

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The second annual South Island Lantern Business Forum will be held on 9 March and is run by ChristchurchNZ, in partnership with Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce.

The international keynote speaker for 2018 is Duncan Innes-Ker, The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Regional Director, Asia & Australasia. Duncan, who is based in Hong Kong and a frequent commentator for the BBC and CNN, will speak on the way in which key policies and customer trends in China will shape how businesses will interact and engage with the Chinese market. 

Also speaking is Dr Bill Liu, successful founder and CEO of Royole Corporation – a Silicon Valley, Hong Kong and Shenzhen-based company that develops rollable displays for smartphones, computers and televisions. His presentation aims to demystify the maze of investor funding and financing options available for companies wanting to make the big leap to manufacturing in China.

Following the forum is a number of workshops, including one on ‘The Future of The China International Education Market’ led by Shelly Xu, ENZ’s Market Development Manager, based in Shanghai.

Shelly will discuss trends in China student mobility, preferred overseas study destinations and subject choices, and trends in technology adoption in the Chinese education system. 

“Knowing how to approach agents and students in China, and understanding the trends in international education demand will help education providers engage more effectively in the market” said Shelly.

“This Forum provides an opportunity for education providers and exporters to network and explore opportunities to leverage from each other’s activities in China.”

International students from China are valued at around $1.55 billion to New Zealand. In 2016, 2,923 Chinese students studied in the Canterbury region.  This has grown by 82% since 2012, speaking to the quality and relevance of Canterbury’s international education offering for the Chinese market.

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