Talent and Youth Education
AMTD Foundation is committed to giving back to the society and upholding its social responsibility. AMTD Foundation has been putting in great efforts in promoting education, relieving poverty, and supporting people in need in Hong Kong and across the world.
AMTD’s strategic collaboration with Hong Kong University to groom next generation of digital and innovation leaders
AMTD Waterloo University Global Talent Postdoctoral Fellowship
AMTD Waterloo Global Talent Postdoctoral Fellowship was jointly established by AMTD Group, AMTD Charity Foundation and the University of Waterloo in February this year. This Fellowship, aimed to cultivate talents in technological innovation, was co-sponsored by Mr. Calvin Choi, Chairman and CEO of AMTD Group and Chairman of AMTD Charity Foundation, Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur, President of University of Waterloo, and Dr. Donna Strickland, Nobel Prize winner, Canadian physicist, and professor of physics at University of Waterloo.
Before this program, AMTD Group and University of Waterloo also jointly established the AMTD-University of Waterloo Innovation Hub in Central, Hong Kong.AMTD Waterloo Global Talent Postdoctoral Fellowship announced the first batch of four selected scholars, all of whom are committed to improving the social environment, and have disruptive research proposals and competitive research outcomes in important disciplines.
It is worth mentioning that there are two female scholars among the first batch of four scholars, hoping to inspire more women to devote to scientific study and research. All four selected individuals will become AMTD Scholars at the same time.
The first phase of AMTD Waterloo Global Talent Postdoctoral Fellowship begins in 2020 and ends in 2025. Each phase of the program will be 1-2 years, including an annual salary of 75,000 Canadian dollars, an engagement fund of 7,500 Canadian dollars and additional rewards.
AMTD Group, AMTD Foundation and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University have established a profound friendship and cooperation, and carried out multi-level cooperation and exchanges in financial technology, academic research, and talent incubation. On December 2017, at the PolyU 80th anniversary Celebration Dinner, under the witness of Ms. Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of HKSAR and Mr. Paul Chan Mo-po, Financial Secretary, Mr. Calvin Choi, Chairman and President of AMTD Group, signed a strategic partnership memorandum with Professor Timothy W. Tong, President of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Dr. Patrick Poon, President of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Foundation and Prof. T.C. Edwin Cheng, Dean of the Faculty of Business, to enhance university-industry collaboration, promote technology development, especially the development of financial technology in Hong Kong, and to support the education for innovative talents. On April 2018, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), AMTD Group Company and AMTD Foundation jointly launch Hong Kong’s first university-industry collaborated Financial Technology (FinTech) centre ——“AMTD FinTech Centre of PolyU Faculty of Business”. The FinTech Centre will conduct FinTech related research, consultancy and training projects for the financial industry, provide support to start-ups, facilitate exchanges among local, Chinese mainland and overseas experts, and offer FinTech education for students, financial personnel, and the public. Meanwhile, the AMTD FinTech Centre will lead the innovative technology and research in Hong Kong to engage in the exchange, education, and research in Mainland by establishing branches or centres in Mainland. The Centre will carry out the academic exchange, university-industry collaboration and curriculum development with Mainland institutions, universities and enterprises to support the training, research and technology industry in Greater Bay Area and across the country and to promote the development of Greater Bay Area. On October 2018, during Hong Kong FinTech Week, as the sole strategic partner, AMTD Group co-hosted “AMTD Innovation Hub Tour” and “FinTech and Beyond” with InvestHK and AMTD FinTech Centre of PolyU Faculty of Business, to discuss the innovation and development of Fintech in Hong Kong together with the FinTech experts, industry investment leaders and education experts from globally.
During the Annual Meeting, Mr. Calvin Choi, as one of the few representatives from Asian financial institutions and the only representative from Hong Kong financial institutions, was invited to attend the "Governors Meeting for Financial Services" to discuss with leaders of the most influential global institutions, including Mr. Thomas Farley, President of the New York Stock Exchange, Mr. Stuart T. Gulliver, CEO of HSBC, Mr. William Downe, CEO of BMO Financial Group, Mr. Axel Weber, Chairman of UBS AG, Sergio P. Ermotti, CEO of UBS AG, Mr. Ralph Hamers, Chairman Executive Board and CEO of ING Group, Mr. Douglas L. Peterson, President of Standard & Poor's, Mr. Brian Hartzer, CEO of Westpac, Mr. Wiebe Draijer, Chairman of Rabobank, on the new developments of the global financial industry. As one of the representatives of Asian financial institutions, Mr. Calvin Choi, from the perspective of the reshaping of the global financial landscape and the rise of Asian capital, shared about the globalization efforts of AMTD as a financial institution rooted in Hong Kong, based in China and radiating to the rest of the world. Mr. Calvin Choi pointed out that, in recent years, China's overseas investments surged. More Chinese capital grouped together to invest overseas. This sets higher requirements for Chinese financial institutions to strengthen global footprint. China's financial institutions should keep abreast of the latest developments, understand the trend of globalization, enhance communication with the rest of the world, and truly integrate into the rules and systems of the international capital markets, in order to better meet the responsibility of the times and serve the strategic "Go Global" initiative, facilitating the world to hear more voices from the East.