BRI Gives Students New Horizons
03 Apr., 2019  |  Source:By Xing Wen | China Daily  |  Hits:2288

Thousands of college students from Tsinghua University and other universities attend a recent job fair at Tsinghua University, in which over 1,000 jobs in overseas projects were on offer.[Photo by Hao Shiming/For China Daily]

Project attracts widespread interest at job fair as potential candidates seek exciting opportunities, Xing Wen reports.

On March 21, the Comprehensive Gymnasium of Tsinghua University was packed with job hunters from various educational backgrounds with resumes ready for prospective employers. The job fair hosted by the university had booths for more than 300 companies and institutes.

Mei Li, 23, a postgraduate student from the China University of Geosciences, looked carefully at the job vacancies listed. When she found a position that seemed to suit her, she would stand in line waiting to talk with the recruiters and leave a resume, then move on to the next booth.

"I am seeking a job in the African branches of these Chinese companies as I want to build a career in a foreign land with a fascinating, mysterious and rich culture," says the geological engineering major.

To make things more convenient for job seekers like Mei who are interested in overseas job opportunities, Tsinghua University has for the first time prepared a special zone for companies involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, and marked their booths with special signs.

Over 1,000 jobs available in overseas projects were offered by about 40 companies, covering fields like manufacturing, financing, construction and telecommunications, according to Zhang Chao, the director of Tsinghua University's Career Development Center.

"With the deepening of the Belt and Road Initiative, it requires a large number of talented people to contribute their efforts and wisdom. We also found that quite a number of our graduates are now working in BRI-related projects overseas," Zhang says. "So we decided to gather the resources to better serve the job seekers, thus a special zone for BRI-related companies was designed for this job fair."

Tsinghua University says more than 3,600 students who study there and at other universities have attended the job fair in search of their dream job.

Engineer Jiang Ning (center) with his international colleagues in Yamal, Russia.[Photo provided to China Daily]

More job opportunities

Among them is Bilal Khalid, a Pakistani student from the North China Electric Power University. He says that he longs to work for a Chinese company's branch office in Pakistan.

Khalid, 26, started to learn control engineering at the Chinese university, after graduating from the University of Management and Technology in 2016 in Lahore, Pakistan.

"I came to pursue my master's degree because I saw the opportunities brought by the BRI," says Khalid. "I hope those China-Pakistan joint ventures or Chinese companies that have ongoing projects in my own country could hire me from here and send me home for work."

Khalid says with his three years of experience studying and living in China, he could play a part in fostering mutual understanding and carrying out further cooperation between the two countries.

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