HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – October 26, 2021 – The Citi-Hong Kong Social Services Council (HKCSS) Community Internship Program (CIP) 2021 has successfully completed, marking 11 years since the start of this unique cross-sector partnership. The recognition ceremony highlighted the achievements of the interns, recognizing their efforts and contribution to community affairs and hard work by putting in at least 160 hours of professional experience and 20 hours of in-depth training with non-governmental organizations in Hong Kong. (NGO). Over the past 11 years, CIP has nurtured corporate social responsibility (CSR) know-how with 848 leaders of tomorrow.
Officer at the recognition ceremony were Mr. Edward Yau, GBS, JP, Secretary of Commerce and Economic Development, Government of Hong Kong SAR; Ms. Angel Ng, CEO of Citi Hong Kong and Macao; and Mr. Chua Hoi Wai, Director General of the Hong Kong Social Services Council.
Sponsored by Citi and co-hosted with HKCSS, the program is the first cross-sectoral collaboration of its kind between academia, business and the NGO sector and provides a unique opportunity for students majoring in Business Studies to contribute their knowledge and expertise. to NGOs and help them build their capacities. The aim is to cultivate the concept of CSR among students and provide them with a broad understanding of the needs of the community.
The program gives future business leaders the opportunity to work with local NGOs to resolve issues within the Hong Kong community. This summer, 78 business school students from 9 local universities were selected and placed in 40 different NGOs, allowing them to put into practice the knowledge acquired at the university.
During the ceremony, Ms. Angel Ng, Managing Director of Citi Hong Kong and Macao, said, “At Citi, we are pleased to have supported this great program for over a decade. Young people are our future, making Hong Kong a better place to live and work. It is increasingly important to empower our future leaders with the concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and a broad understanding of community and social needs. I hope that students cherish this valuable experience and learn from the knowledge gained during their internships, and that they continue the concept of CSR wherever their career takes them. ”
Mr. Chua Hoi Wai, Managing Director of the Hong Kong Social Services Council, added, “The program was dedicated to training future business leaders by providing them with opportunities to understand and practice corporate social responsibility. . They can grasp various social issues and Given the new normal and the growing importance of big data, I am delighted to know that the student interns not only applied their market acumen, but also applied their knowledge of the market. business information to help the work of I would like to reiterate my gratitude to all partners for supporting the program for 11 years and hope that more students will unleash their potential and contribute to the community.
Five participants received the “Grand Award for Excellence” in recognition of their exceptional performance during the internships. They were Li Hoi Wan from Hong Kong City University and Tsoi Ka Wai from Hong Kong University who interned at Kids4Kids; and Chui Shing Hang from Hong Kong Metropolitan University, Mak Chun Wai from Hang Seng University in Hong Kong and Yim Sheung Ching from Hong Kong City University who interned at the Society for Truth and light.
Grand laureate Chui Shing Hang from Metropolitan University of Hong Kong said, “During my internship at the Society for Truth and Light, I was responsible for the animation production and game design of educational company, and I helped organize a seminar. CIP offered me the chance to apply my business knowledge to the operation of an NGO and gain a better understanding of the community. I have made many breakthroughs and I sincerely hope that I can use my profession as an entrepreneur to contribute to society. ”
The 78 interns served various community groups, including low-income families, seniors and people with disabilities, while helping to conserve the environment. They have provided strategic and operational assistance to NGOs in areas such as networking and branding, fundraising, social enterprise strategies, operations and support to community services. During the program, interns received 20 hours of in-depth training on NGO operations and pressing community issues such as the poverty gap, aging population and environmental concerns. They attended seminars on CSR and cross-sector partnerships, visited non-profit and social enterprises and had the opportunity to interact with various disadvantaged groups.
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Mr. Chua Hoi Wai (front row 5e from left), Director General of the Hong Kong Social Services Council (HKCSS), Mr. Edward Yau (front row 6e from left), GBS, JP, Secretary of Commerce and Economic Development, Hong Kong SAR Government Ms Angel Ng (front row 7e from left), Managing Director of Citi Hong Kong and Macau with Citi executives, representatives from Hong Kong university business schools, representatives from employment NGOs and interns.
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Ms. Angel Ng, Managing Director of Citi Hong Kong and Macao, praised the achievements and contribution of the student interns in her opening speech at the recognition ceremony.
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Mr. Edward Yau (3rd from right), GBS, JP, Secretary of Trade and Economic Development, Government of Hong Kong SAR, and Ms. Angel Ng (3rd from left), Managing Director of Citi Hong Kong and Macao, pictured with the students who won the “Grand Award for Excellence” and representatives of NGOs.
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The HKCSS is an umbrella organization of more than 490 member agencies that provide over 90% of social protection services in Hong Kong. HKCSS launched the Caring Company Scheme to build a cohesive society by promoting a strategic partnership between business and social service partners and inspiring corporate social responsibility by caring for the community, employees and the environment. HKCSS puts a lot of effort into building the capacity of social enterprises through the Social Enterprise Business Center (SEBC) to advance social entrepreneurship and mobilize social innovation.
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