China Centre Career Development Series: alumni visit to Shanghai Overseas Returned Scholars Association (SORSA) Kunshan Innovation and Start-up Base
6月16日, 10多名学生和校友参观了上海市欧美同学会昆山创新创业基地。基地位处昆山, 是一座毗邻上海、拥有两千年悠久历史的县级城市,也是新兴工业和商业城市良好发展的代表。上海市欧美同学会昆山创新创业基地于2016年11月揭牌, 主要为立志在昆山发展的上海市欧美同学会成员提供免费办公空间、创业咨询、税务及商务咨询服务。
On 16th June, a group of more than 10 students and alumni visited Shanghai Overseas Returned Scholars Association (SORSA) Kunshan Innovation and Start-up Base, which is located in Kunshan, a county-level city bordering Shanghai and an emerging industrial and commercial city with a history dating back more than 2000 years. Launched in November 2016, the SORSA Kunshan Innovation and Start-up Base mainly provides free office space, entrepreneurship advice, tax and business consulting service for SORSA members who are willing and determined to start up their company in Kunshan.
As part of the China Centre career development series, this alumni visit was organized by the University of Manchester China Centre and SORSA University of Manchester Alumni Association. Ms. Sherry Fu, China Centre director led the visit.
Mr. Quanlin Xie, Director of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of Kunshan Municipal People’s Government, gave an overview of the innovation site, its functions as well as the city which it is located in: Kunshan. Director Xie’s sharing included advantages of Kunshan and SORSA Kunshan Innovation and Start-up Base as incubation hubs in terms of providing favoring policy and friendly environment for start-ups.
上海市欧美同学会昆山创新创业基地占地800平方米，校友主要参观了初创企业可持续成功发展的案例展示墙、宽敞的办公空间、轻松的咖啡区、多功能讨论室、宽敞的会议空间, 以及丰富的关于创新、创业发展和政策参考的各类指导手册, 旨在为处在孵化阶段的公司提供有用信息。学生和校友对基地的功能与发展表示了浓厚兴趣, 纷纷展开讨论。
The site tour of the 800-square-meter SORSA Kunshan Innovation and Start-up Base mainly included the wall showcasing successful cases of sustainable development of local start-ups, spacious office space, relaxing coffee area, functional break-out rooms, quiet conference space, and a rich collection of guidebooks on entrepreneurship, start-up development and policy reference, all striving to equip those newly-started companies with useful information at the their incubation stage. Students and alumni were intrigued by the site tour and discussed among themselves and with Director Xie.
曼彻斯特大学中国中心主任傅潇霄女士接下来感谢了谢主任和昆山创新创业基地为曼大参访团提供了良好的分享和交流机会。傅潇霄女士随后与大家分享了中国中心在筹备与即将推广的新项目, 这些项目涵盖了各种各样的学术领域。校友们表达了极大的兴趣, 表示将继续学习，深化学术追求。在过去的10年中,中国中心培养了近1300名雄心勃勃的Global MBA学生。除了致力于提供可持续的学习机会外, 作为中国中心校友职业发展系列策划的一部分，中国中心还定期组织讲座、交流和本地及国际组织的校友参访,以帮助校友的职业发展进程和扩大他们的网络。
Ms. Sherry Fu thanked Director Xie and SORSA Kunshan Innovation and Start-up Base for a good opportunity of sharing and exchanging great thoughts and interesting conversations. Ms. Fu then shared with alumni current and emerging programme offerings at the China Centre, covering a wide variety of academic fields. Alumni expressed great interests to continue studying and furthering their academic pursuits. Over the past 10 years, the China Centre has supported nearly 1,300 ambitious global MBA students. Besides Committed to offering sustainable learning opportunities, the China Centre regularly organizes talks, networking and alumni visits to local and international organizations as part of China Centre alumni career development series to help with alumni’s career development agenda and expand their network.
访问结束后, 参访团来到昆山市政府附近了解更多关于昆山城市文化和发展进展的事例。校友们借午餐的机会，积极交流，增进了解。有着自己创办企业的经历, 校友们分享了创业过程中面临的挑战, 并互相取经讨论，最终获得了不少有益的建议和帮助。此次昆山校友参访圆满成功，正如一位校友评论的, "真是一个很好的机会能听到在中国中心进行的各种激动人心的发展并结识新老朋友!”
After the visit, an informal alumni social mixer was held near the Kunshan Municipal People’s Government where the delegation was able to learn more about the city’s culture and development and at the same time connect and network with each other. Having started their own business, some alumni shared the challenges faced and raised discussion among the group. In the end helpful advice and help were shared and offered by other alumni with relevant expertise. The alumni vist to Kunshan was productive and successful and as one alumnus commented, “truly a great occasion to hear about the exciting developments taking place at the China Centre and meet friends old and new!”
Please stay in tuned and look forward to our “Back to Kunshan” visit in October!