Antai International Students Activities--Company Visit @ China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone

International Cooperation and Exchange Office    2015-11-27

On November 25, 2015, a 50-people team mainly consisted of international degree program students, participated in the serial activities of company visit organized by the International Office, paying a visit to Shanghai Pudong International Container Terminals Limited (SPICT) at Shanghai Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone and the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone. The students had the opportunity to meet with senior company executives and get an in-depth, first-hand view of the much-anticipated Pilot Free Trade Zone.

The team set out at 12:30. On the bus, organizers from the International Office briefed the upcoming schedule and shared lively stories and tourist information about Shanghai.Students also had an interesting quiz time. By answering and discussing questions about the Free Trade Zone, students picked up some fun facts about the newly established Zone and got warmed up on the way to the destination.

The first destination was the Shanghai Pudong International Container Terminals Limited (SPICT). Mr. Fan Jinlin, the Vice President and also an alumnus of STJU, greeted the team and had an informative talk with the students. Begun with a vivid video presentation, Mr. Fan then gave an introduction with abundant statistics and facts about the SPICT and the development of Shanghai Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone at large. At the Q&A part afterwards, students couldn’t wait to raise their hands. Questions regarding to the international shipping channels, the cooperative modes with foreign companies, business in light of the current global economy were particularly manifold. Mr. Fan provided thorough analysis and insightful sharing to every question.

After the heated Q&A time, the team was invited to step on the port platform, the very place that was  previously visted by Premier Li Keqiang, and have an excellent overall view of terminals. Despite the dropping temperature outside, students’ enthusiasm remained high at the one of the most bustling and flourishing terminals in China.

The second agenda, followed by a coffee break, was to visit the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone. The Pilot Free Trade Zone has been under the spotlight since its establishment, and this time the team was able to both tour around the zone and listen to an extensive introduction from Mr. Tao Huimin, Secretary-General of Shanghai Pudong Modern Logistics Association (SPMLA). Mr. Tao gave his introduction on the general development of the Free Trade Zone with specific focuses on its pilot policies and advantageous investment environment. During the popular Q&A part, students showed a great interest in topics such as the relaxed regulations, the taxation, the procedures and cost of corporate establishment, the current composition of the enterprises in the Zone, and the foreign investment from their own home countries.    

The visit finished by nightfall. Students all appreciated the opportunity, especially the chance to hear directly from senior company executives and ask questions. They thanked the executives for their generosity in sharing their time and valuable insights. 

Recently Shanghai has introduced the policy regarding to international students with master or above degree from universities in Shanghai and with job offers in Zhangjiang National Innovation Demonstration Zone. International students in this category are now able to apply for foreign employment permit and work residential permit without job experience. In light of this, the International Office of ACEM plans to organize more company visits throughout the year and encourages both current students and alumni to take this brilliant opportunity to learn and network.