Future China Advanced Leaders Programme Commencement Ceremony 2016
Twenty-three participants of the Future China Advanced Leaders Programme (FC-ALP) 2016 celebrated the completion of the management course on 14 October at Regent Hotel. Gracing the dinner as Guest-of-Honour was Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information and Ministry of Health, Business China Board Director, Mr Chee Hong Tat. MOS Chee conferred graduation certificates to this year’s graduates, which comprised top executives and successful business owners from a diverse array of industry sectors. Some 80 guests including Business China Chairman, Mr Lee Yi Shyan, witnessed the momentous occasion.
MOS Chee in his opening address shared that “Singapore’s relevance to China also depends on our ability to add value in areas which they will find us useful, and can benefit by working together with us”. He elaborated three key strengths for Singapore’s continued success and competitiveness: “First is our connectivity as a key node in Asia and ASEAN and our role as an effective interlocutor between the East and the West. Second, leveraging on our reputation as a reliable and trustworthy partner and turning this into a competitive advantage. And third, to continue our focus on talent development and for Singapore to remain open to talent and ideas from around the world”, which will in turn allow us to add value in our collaborations with China.
The graduating class also performed a skit during the dinner to re-enact their learning journey across three cities from August to October.
Building network and exploring untapped opportunities
The FC-ALP graduates embarked on a journey of 3 weeks of intensive lectures and extensive networking sessions spanning across 3 months, which included an experiential trip to Shenzhen and Chongqing in China. Through the course, the delegation had exclusive networking sessions with local and Chinese senior government officials and key business leaders, enabling them to further develop their internationalisation network and capability.
Mr Lee Yi Shyan, Chairman of Business China highlighted that “China is constantly changing and evolving. We have to remain plugged in to developments in China in order to know latest developments.”
Class representative, Mr Tang Tuck Weng, Senior Director, Ministry of National Development Eco-City Project Office and the National Climate Change Secretariat in Prime Minister's Office, shared his thoughts on how the course had helped him gain practical knowledge about China. He remarked that “FC-ALP is particularly helpful in building up my understanding of China from different aspects such as understanding the prevailing business culture, navigating the political system, and appreciating how very different cities can be. It is also a good platform for the public services and the business community to get to know each other, to forge trust and partnership for possible future collaborations.”
Into its fifth edition this year, the FC-ALP was jointly organised by Business China and NTU’s Nanyang Business School, and supported by strategic partner International Enterprise (IE) Singapore. It is the only senior executive management course in Asia to comprehensively address the complex dynamics between social, political, economic and cultural factors that are fueling China’s rapid rise.