Asia Connect

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada believes that Asia competence—the knowledge, skills, and experiences required for effective engagement with Asia—is the foundation of a strong and thriving Canada-Asia relationship. APF Canada's Asia Connect program supports Canadian youth in building their own Asia competence through valuable work experience in Asia.

In Phase 1 of the Asia Connect program (2016-17), we provided financial support to 36 Canadian university and college students from seven different institutions. These students completed co-op terms or other work experience programs in nine countries or territories across the Asia Pacific (China, India, Hong Kong, Japan, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Thailand). They gained professional experience in a range of sectors, including: automotive manufacturing, disaster management, education, engineering, financial management, food security, global health, publishing, trade and investment, and many others.

In Phase 2 (2017-2018), we are forging partnerships with the private sector and Canadian post-secondary institutions to open up new work experience opportunities in key Asian markets. Our first Phase 2 initiatives are described below. We will continue to add new initiatives to the Asia Connect program – so check back for updates.

India

APF Canada has partnered with Langara College to send two Langara students every year to complete a four-month co-op placement with Optimus Information, a Vancouver-based company with operations in New Delhi, India. The first two students departed for India in January 2018.

Philippines

This program, a partnership between APF Canada and Nimbyx, a Vancouver-based IT company with operations in the Philippines, will support several Business and IT students every year to get co-op work experience in Manila, the Philippines, one of Asia's fastest-growing economies.

APF Canada-Cansbridge Fellowship

APF Canada has partnered with the Cansbridge Fellowship Program, a highly selective program for Canadian students with a proven ability to manage, build, and innovate across borders. One of the key components of the program is an internship in Asia. In fall 2018, APF Canada and Cansbridge will host a conference in Vancouver on Asia, youth, and entrepreneurship.

Hong Kong Airlines-APF Canada “Connect the World” Initiative

Through a partnership with Hong Kong Airlines, APF Canada selected four university students—two from Simon Fraser University and two from UBC-Okanagan—to receive free round-trip air tickets, courtesy of Hong Kong Airlines, to support their study abroad and internship programs in Hong Kong in September 2017.

Networks

For students and recent graduates interested in getting work or research experience in Asia, we encourage you to check out the following organizations:

AIESEC Canada

AIESEC is a global platform to help you find experiences around the world through paid internships and volunteer experiences. https://www.aiesec.ca/

Cansbridge Fellowship Program

The Cansbridge Fellowship offers scholarships to help you gain experience and build a unique professional network in Asia. https://www.cansbridgefellowship.com/

 

International Experience Canada

If you're a Canadian citizen aged 18-35, International Experience Canada (IEC) offers you a path to a work permit or visa to work and explore in one of over 30 countries and territories. https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/canadians/international-experience-canada.html

JET Canada

The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme aims to enhance foreign language education, and promote international exchange. https://jetprogramme.ca/

Mitacs Globalink

The Mitacs Globalink Research Award offers $6,000 awards for research in Mitacs partner countries, including China, India, Japan and Korea. Senior undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply. Mitacs Accelerate International offers $15,000 awards for research with a company in any country around the world. Graduate students are eligible.

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