Fabian Demicoli

EU China Management Training Programme

The fifth Managers Exchange and Training Programme (METP) intake will start in May 2010. The application phase started on September 21, 2009 and will end on January 7, 2010. METP had been launched in July 2006 as a four-year intergovernmental programme comprising four intakes. Within this scheme, about 400 managers from China and the European Union have been provided with training and internship opportunities.

China has evolved into one of the world's most dynamic and constantly growing markets. But small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) in particular often lack the resources to establish business relations with China. The European Commission therefore supports SMEs, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and self-employed entrepreneurs by offering METP – a ten-month executive training in China.

The fully-funded programme offers EU-based companies the possibility to train their employees to become qualified experts for the Chinese market. Ideally, these experts will utilise their newly acquired skills and contacts needed to conduct business with China. During METP, the selected European managers receive seven months of business Chinese language training, intercultural training, tailor-made seminars and site visits to Chinese companies, cities and administration bodies. Additionally, the participants embark on a three-month internship in a Chinese company. Long-term objective of METP is to enhance the EU's relationship with China in a sustainable fashion through exchange and economic cooperation. Besides the organisation of the whole stay, the EU will cover all tuition fees and provide participants with a monthly living allowance (1.000 euros). All graduates receive an official diploma signed by the EU Ambassador to China.

For further information about application modalities, download instructions for the application dossier and for general information about METP visit www.metp.net.cn or contact the METP hotline at +49 69 15402 638.

This programme financed by the European Union offers EU-based companies and SMEs the opportunity to train their employees to become qualified experts on the Chinese market. Since July 2006 about 400 managers from China and the European Union have benefited from the training and internship opportunities. This year METP has been extended by a fifth intake the application phase for which started on September 21, 2009 and will end on January 7, 2010. 

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