With a continued focus on youth empowerment, Henderson Land Development Company Limited ("Henderson Land" or "the Group") (Stock code: 12) is committed to helping young people unleash their infinite potential and open up new avenues of growth, in hopes of bringing a boost of vibrant energy to society. This summer, the Group has organised a host of activities to connect with young people and to cultivate a new generation teeming with ingenuity and ambition.
Scheme on Corporate Summer Internship on the Mainland and Overseas 2023
Participating in the HKSAR Government’s Scheme on Corporate Summer Internship on the Mainland for the third time, Henderson Land recruited 11 post-secondary students for an eight-week internship this year, during which they joined the Leasing Department of the Group’s Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou offices. By providing summer internship placements in mainland China to the city’s youth, the Scheme hopes to broaden participants’ horizons and help them establish personal networks, paving the way for their future personal and professional development.
Having completed the programme last week, the interns returned to Hong Kong and took part in a Sharing Session organised by the Group. During the event, they visited the control room and rooftop of Two International Finance Centre, in addition to going on a guided tour of the show suite of The Henderson, the Group's flagship development in Central, to learn about its architectural design and innovations.
Dr. Martin Lee Ka-shing, Chairman of Henderson Land Group, met up with the interns to hear about their experiences over the summer. Offering them words of encouragement, Dr. Lee said: “I hope all of you will continue this meaningful exchange with the youth and professionals from mainland China and beyond in the future, fostering mutual learning, sparking each other’s imagination and striving to develop into a new generation with a global vision, great ambition and innovative thinking. I also encourage you to share this special experience with Henderson Land with your peers and schoolmates and inspire them to embrace life’s endless possibilities."
Ms. Akemi Wong Hiu-yau, currently pursuing a Master's degree in International Management at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, described her internship experience in Guangzhou as greatly inspiring: "As someone with no prior exposure to the real estate sector, I was heartened by the opportunity to explore the shopping mall business from an operational perspective. Weekly meetings were set up to share knowledge about architecture, surveying and marketing, as well as to keep abreast of interns’ progress. This experience has sparked my interest in the industry, and I would be open to working in the Greater Bay Area in the future."
While interning in Shanghai, Mr. Anthony Wong Chun-hin, a final-year student in Marketing at the Hang Seng University of Hong Kong, had a chance to visit the Group's various development projects in mainland China. He remarked: "Like the projects in Hong Kong, those in mainland China abound in green spaces. And through the insightful talks arranged by the Group, it is clear to me that sustainability has emerged as a prevailing trend in property development." He also took advantage of the internship to visit Suzhou and Nanjing, roaming the halls of local museums and learning about the rapid development and internationalisation of Chinese cities.
During her stint in Beijing, Ms. Angel Siu Ki-ki, a third-year student majoring in Imaging Design and Digital Art at Hong Kong Metropolitan University, helped organise activities for mall tenants, handled daily leasing operations and led a group of Hong Kong senior secondary students on a tour to the Group's World Financial Centre (wfc). She said: "This internship was a precious opportunity for me to better understand myself, plan for my future career and get acquainted with the workplace culture in mainland China."
Beijing History and Cultural Summer Camp
Co-organised by the Federation of Hong Kong Beijing Associations and Dr. Martin Lee Ka-shing, Chairman of the Group and Executive Vice Chairman of the Federation, the Beijing History and Cultural Summer Camp also came to a close recently. Forty senior secondary students from Hong Kong participated in a week-long summer camp in Beijing, where they explored and experienced the greatness and vastness of China first-hand.
As part of the camp, the participants visited the Group’s World Financial Centre (wfc) in Beijing, with a guided tour led by two of the interns from the above-mentioned Scheme on Corporate Summer Internship on the Mainland and Overseas 2023. Attendees were introduced to the project’s architectural and smart design, awards and accolades, and tenant types, gaining a deeper understanding of both Henderson Land and wfc.
Art Tour in Central and Western District x Upcycling Workshops
In full support for the HKSAR Government's Strive and Rise Programme, the Group hosted the Art Tour in Central and Western District x Upcycling Workshops last week to enrich and enliven participants’ summer break. While journeying through ARTLANE, Hong Kong's first URBAN ART SOHO community revitalised with mural paintings, and HART Haus, an artists’ studio launched by the Group, mentors from the Group’s companies and the Centum Charitas Foundation and their mentees interacted with local artists and were offered a glimpse into the many facets of the city’s art ecosystem.
Additionally, in the spirit of upcycling, the participants were guided to repurpose eco-friendly materials collected from the neighbourhood, such as coffee grounds, into mosquito-repelling incense, and to try their hand at sustainable planting. The mentors and mentees thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and some of the finished products will be distributed to organic farms, community shops and residents for building a green and sustainable community.