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Shanghai’s biggest UK university careers fair welcomes Apple, PayPal & Tesla

  • Over 1,200 students attend Shanghai’s biggest careers fair for Chinese students at UK universities, with University of Warwick playing leading role
  • Top global companies present, including Mars China, Bloomberg, Mondelez, IBM, GSK
  • There are currently 3,228 Chinese students at Warwick - one of the world’s top 60 universities with partnerships across China

The largest UK university careers fair in Shanghai – co-led by the University of Warwick – welcomed over 1,200 students and major global companies such as Apple, PayPal and Tesla today (2 April 2019).

Taking place in the heart of the city, the ‘UK University Careers Fair’ drew together international students who study at UK universities to meet representatives from over 70 high-profile employers who are looking to hire graduates in China and across the Asia Pacific.

Students at the UK University Careers Fair 2018 in Shanghai

Developed and organised by the University of Warwick, the University of Birmingham and the University of Nottingham, the event is now in its second year.

Companies from a breadth of different industries were represented at the ‘UK University Careers Fair’, including: Apple, Bosch, GSK, IBM, Mondelez, PayPal, Bloomberg, Mars China and Tesla.

Students had the opportunity to visit the employer stands, learn more about the roles available and have a fast-track graduate interview on the day. In preparation for the fair, Warwick students had access to online resources, webinars and a careers fair app to ensure that they were prepared to meet the world’s top employers and make the most of this invaluable opportunity.Students at the UK University Careers Fair 2018 in Shanghai

Professor Simon Swain, Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Warwick, said:

“The UK China Careers Fair in Shanghai is an excellent example of Warwick’s comprehensive and globally-recognised employment support for our international students - which includes our annual UK joint university China careers roadshow, pioneering research into virtual internships and tailor-made employment skills training.

“Warwick is committed to developing partnerships with leading universities and companies in China, and across the world, to further internationalise our research and education.

“This event has become the largest careers fair in Shanghai for Chinese students at UK universities, and we are proud that so many students will be able to use it as a springboard to explore and gain their first graduate role in some of the world’s top companies. 

“Hosting a careers fair in Shanghai helps our graduates to find employment in their chosen country, and Warwick is committed to supporting all our students in following their chosen career path.”

Gloria Zhou, Talent Acquisition Specialist, Mondelez China, commented:

“At the Fair, we will be promoting our summer intern and graduate programmes and our target is to hire around 40 students in total. We see the Fair as a fantastic opportunity to meet with high quality UK-educated Chinese students who meet our talent requirements.

“This fair is definitely the ‘place to be’ to recruit UK-educated Chinese students for our graduate roles.”

Maria Forrest, overseas graduate recruitment, KPMG China said:

“The Warwick Shanghai fair is hugely valuable to us at KPMG China. It allows us to engage with top quality students and talk to them about the key issues to consider when returning home to China after graduation.

“Not only this, it gives us an opportunity to support and guide them through our recruitment processes - to help them stand out and indeed to compete in the Chinese job market.”

Students at the UK University Careers Fair 2018 in Shanghai

Nathan Lin, President of the Warwick Chinese Society said:

“This careers fair provides students with a fantastic opportunity to meet with a wide range of organisations who are specifically looking to connect with returning students and graduates. Talking with the employers today helped to expand my ideas and options for my future career and showed how my international experiences, gained whilst studying in the UK, are very much valued by companies.”

Geely, a leading automobile manufacturer, whose consumer brands include Geely Auto, Lotus, Lynk & Co, PROTON, and Volvo, confirmed they had sent 20 graduate role offers to University of Warwick students as a direct results of last year’s event, with 10 of the offers in their R&D department and the rest in Purchase Company, Finance Department and Human Resource Department.

The University of Warwick welcomes over 4,100 students from China and South East Asia each year, studying from foundation programme to research degrees. There are currently 3,228 students from China studying on Warwick’s diverse campus.

Warwick benefits from teaching and research collaborations with many prestigious institutions across China, such as Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Fudan University. More information here.

The University also has a dedicated office based in Beijing.

Students and academics at Warwick have access to the EUTOPIA network, a new alliance of six European universities, established to promote greater mobility for people and ideas across the continent. The University also co-founded the Monash-Warwick Alliance with Monash University in Australia in 2016.

Notes to editors:

IMAGES - Students and employers at the ‘UK University Careers Fair’ 2019 in Shanghai - click images for high res. Credit: University of Warwick.

The University of Warwick is one of the world’s top 60 universities, coming 54th in the QS World Ranking.

It is one of the top 100 universities on the planet, according to the Times Higher Education ‘World University Rankings 2019’ and ‘World Reputation Rankings 2018’.

Warwick has also been named as one of the world’s top 25 Most International universities by the Times Higher Education.

87% of Warwick's research is 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent', according to the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework.

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