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On April 26th, two representatives from Singyes Green Energy Technologies (HK) Limited, Mr. Peter Tan (Deputy General Manager) and Mr. Xie Xiaobin (Project Manager) along with the company Human Resources manager, Ms. Liu Fengjuan as well as seven engineers and technology developers from the company, visited UIC to speak to GIR students.

Mr. Xie Xiaobin discussed photovoltaics (PV), a fast-growing energy provision technology consisting in the conversion of sunlight into electricity using solar panels. He also spoke about the projects that Singyes has introduced in Uzbekistan, Tonga (South Pacific) and, in particular, Cameroon, where he lived for one year overseeing a project aiming at providing electricity to 166 villages across this diverse country. He then mentioned the challenges encountered during his activity in Cameroon, as well as the many business opportunities that the whole of Africa offers in the energy sector.

Mr. Peter Tan briefly spoke to students about the company’s current projects in Uzbekistan and Tonga, where working conditions were easier than in Cameroon. He pointed out the importance of the “One Belt, One Road” initiative, introduced by President Xi Jinping in 2013, which encourages and provides more opportunities for Chinese to work with and in foreign countries. In conclusion, he welcomed students to consider the possibility of joining the company after graduation.

During the following, long “Q&A” session, students asked many interesting questions that were answered by the company’s technical experts and Human Resources manager. A GIR Year 4 student, for instance, asked about the maintenance of solar technology in the developing countries where it is installed: Mr. Li, an engineer, explained that specific provisions were in place, wherever possible, saying for example that a specialized research institute was created in Uzbekistan, providing 3,000 jobs for locals trained in the field and thus self-sufficient as far as maintenance and further development was concerned. A Year 1 student asked about the technological advantages and skills that allowed the company to beat the competition from Japan, South Korea, Spain, and Germany. Other questions concerned, in general, the positive impact that Chinese investment projects have on the development of local communities, the welcoming attitude towards Chinese presence among locals, as well as the importance of basic infrastructure to guarantee sustainable, widespread progress. Lastly, Ms. Liu Fengjuan, Human Resources manager, encouraged interested students to apply for positions in the company, after graduation, as they are often looking for new employees who possess an interdisciplinary understanding of international affairs and are willing to live and work overseas.