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Macau’s got talent, abroad

The Talents Development Committee is designing initiatives to foster exchanges with local talents living abroad, in the hope of luring them back to the city

Difficulties in developing an adequate industry, lack of qualifications and professional certification, and limited access to general knowledge about Macau’s situation, as well as an inability to adapt to the city’s environment, are amongst the main reasons discouraging ‘talents’ from returning to the Macau SAR, according to research conducted by the Macau University of Science and Technology.
According to a release yesterday, the Specialized Group of Incentive to the Return of Talents to Macau of the Talent Development Committee requested the study in order to integrate the preliminary report in its action plan to encourage the return of talents to Macau.
The study also pointed out that the Macau SAR’s global development, opportunities made available by political measures, a feeling of belonging and family reasons are the main incentives attracting ‘talents’ to return to the city.
Actions envisaged by the Committee in order to bring back talents include the creation of contact and exchange channels with talents residing abroad, exploring their experiences in different areas, organizing exchanges between those talents and attendant professional groups in Macau, as well as strengthening collaboration efforts with the city, considering that some talents have already returned, the Committee highlighted.
A spokesperson from the Committee confirmed to Business Daily that the report has not yet been published.

Technical training
In a different release yesterday, the Committee announced it is working in collaboration with the Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (DSEJ) to develop initiatives in the field of technical and professional education.
Three reports have been prepared in this regard, focusing on existing initiatives for the development of local talents, the current demand for talents in five sectors of activity – gaming industry, retail, hotels, Food and Beverage, and MICE – as well as an index on the lack of talents.
The Committee stated that the reports have been available online since May this year.
A spokesperson for the Committee confirmed, however, that they are currently only available in Chinese, and that an English version “will be published soon.”
According to the announcement, the reports cover topics that range from the demographic situation, and the educational regime, to the training of talents in different sectors of activities.
A spokesperson from the Institute for Tourism Studies (IFT) confirmed to Business Daily that the institution is involved with the training programme.