CRCC Asia remains committed to running the largest China Internship program in the world, with over 6000 alumni from more than 150 countries. We believe that our three Mainland China locations of Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen offer a broad range of experiences, encompassing the political capital, finance center and tech hub of China.
We are pleased to have grown our portfolio of program offerings, all of which compliment our Award Winning China Internship Program. Participants are now able to combine their Internship Program with a Travel component through our partners The Dragon Trip, a coding & digital marketing course in Shenzhen and university experience at East China Normal University in Shanghai. All programs are focused on providing participants with key transferable skills, which will benefit their future employability, alongside a comprehensive and fulfilling social calendar, to ensure that worldwide contacts and networks are developed.
The USA, UK and Australia regions continue to provide the highest numbers of students for our programs, and we have increased the number of university partnerships in all those locations. The co-directors of the company, Daniel Nivern and Edward Holroyd Pearce, have exhibited and presented at numerous industry events, such as the NAFSA, The Forum on Education Abroad, BUTEX and EAIE and we remain committed to the development of the Global Internships Conference, where best practice in the industry is shared.
CRCC Asia is also proud to be taking forward its commitment to equal access, and to ensuring as many people as possible, no matter their financial background, can participate in our programs. We have been running the British Council’s Generation UK program for the past three years, which aims to send 15,000 students from the UK to China and we were pleased to have had the contract renewed for a further three years. In the US, our number of partnership programs has grown threefold and we are now working with over 30 US universities to run customized programs, all of which are in active support of the US government’s 100,000 Strong Initiative. Australian institutions have been particularly keen to work with CRCC Asia to provide China Internships, benefitting from funding from government sources including The New Colombo Plan. In recognition of CRCC Asia’s work, we were very pleased to have won the Entrepreneur of the Year award at the British Business Awards in China and the Cathay Pacific China Business Award, as well as receiving media coverage in various outlets including CNBC, BBC News, The Wall Street Journal and The Guardian.
Our commitment to CRCC Asia program alumni remains as strong as ever, with the launch of our Alumni Entrepreneurship Fund. CRCC Asia to date has built up its investment portfolio and now has four significant holdings in businesses, which relate to China or to students (or both), and we hope to add value and foster creative thinking and growth in these fine young enterprises.
As always, we are reliant on our Chinese and international colleagues who not only do their utmost for every element of the program and the company as a whole, but also make our working lives fulfilling and pleasurable.
We look forward to serving a growing number of clients and we hope to have the chance to show you what it means to work with CRCC Asia as a customer, client, partner or investor.
Daniel Nivern, Edward Holroyd Pearce and Thomas Kirkwood