Lingang New Area starts job fairs for new graduates
A job fair for new graduates of universities in Lingang New Area is held on Sept 24. [Photo by Meng Yuhan/Xinhua]
The Lingang New Area of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone opened two job fairs in late September in an effort to attract more talent.
The local government hoped to boost the social and economic development of Lingang New Area by taking advantage of this year's prime job-seeking season.
Lingang Group collected resumes from some of the city's renowned universities, including Shanghai Jiao Tong Univeristy, Tongji University, and East China Normal University.
On Sept 24, 83 enterprises in Lingang New Area and Lujiazui Financial District launched a job fair for college students about to graduate from five universities in Lingang New Area -- Shanghai Ocean University, Shanghai Maritime University, Shanghai University of Electric Power, Shanghai DianJi University, and Shanghai Jian Qiao University.
An HR employee at an international shipping enterprise said it was the first time the company had recruited in the Lingang area and praised the quality of the jobseekers who attended the event.
According to a survey led by Shanghai Ocean University, most students at the five universities want to work in Lingang New Area because they are highly confident about the area's future development.
China's State Council issued an overall plan for Lingang New Area on Aug 8, saying it will help the area attract investment and promote trade liberalization and facilitation. By 2035, the area is expected to have strong international market influence and competitiveness.
The administrative committee of Lingang New Area participated in a discussion with local universities on how to retain talents and attract more high-caliber personnel and pledged to implement competitive policies to achieve these goals.
Wu Xiaohua, vice director of the administrative committee, said that high-end talents will require a better education environment. The area is currently working to increase the number of high-quality schools available.
There has been a recent push to encourage college students to become entrepreneurs, and a maker space at Shanghai Ocean University has already incubated 40 student projects by providing office space and equipment for the commercialization of technological achievements.