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Partner required for EU-China Junior Managers' Programme

The European Commission, DG I, has published a call for expressions of interest aimed at establishing a shortlist of candidates wishing to act as a partner organization of consortium for the implementation of the EU-China Junior Managers' Programme (EC contribution: ECU 9,935,000).

As a complementary activity to projects concerning the training of young Chinese managers, the objective of the proposed programme is to provide a pool of young EU managers with both the language and business training needed to operate effectively in China. Over the five-year period, the following training courses would be provided in China:

- Course A (11 months, anticipated demand 25 young managers per year):
Designed for those with some command of Chinese already, this course should prepare young Europeans for permanent employment either in China or in the EU working on trade with China. The following activities are foreseen:
. Four months of top-up and specialized business language tuition, workshops, etc.;
. Four months of visits and placements in Chinese and foreign-invested enterprises;
. Three months of project work carried out for one of the placement companies.

- Course B (15 months, anticipated demand 20 young managers per year):
This course is intended to allow young Europeans who have already embarked on a business career to be released from their employers to obtain the language and other skills necessary to play an effective role in the company's China operations. This should include:
. 12 months of intensive language tuition (to reach the intermediate level of proficiency in Chinese, recognizing around 2,000 - 2,500 characters);
. Three months of placements and project work.

A seminar programme on Chinese economy, government structures, experience of business leaders, etc., would be common to both courses.

Before departure, screening of applications would be followed by interviews and assessment of language skills as well as resilience. An alumni association would link those completing the courses with CEIBS graduates and those from other relevant EU-funded initiatives.

The partner organization or consortium will require the following characteristics:

- Ability to ensure appropriate geographical spread by having contact points in the Member States of the European Communities;
- Experience in the management of large-scale economic or industrial cooperation programmes in Asia, including financial management;
- Close contacts and working relations with relevant organizations in China.

The organization (or individual members of a consortium) should, in addition, be able to demonstrate:

- A proven track record of technical capacity in the publication, selection and implementation of intensive linguistic training programmes for Asian languages, preferably Chinese;
- Close contacts and working relations with industry in the EU.

The programme will be implemented in the EU and China. The contract is conditional upon finalization of a financing agreement between the European Community and China. The Commission is not seeking candidates to participate in the training programme at this stage.

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