Undergraduates to work on industry projects with companies based in Chongqing, China

Singapore, 9 April 2021 –

  1. In an effort to widen students’ exposure to global industry projects amid COVID-19 travel restrictions, the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) is partnering human resources consultancy WiseNet Asia Pte Ltd, and the Chongqing Yubei District People’s Government (YDPG) to offer industry collaboration opportunities. These opportunities are set to benefit students from the university’s Engineering and Infocomm Technology clusters, as part of their Integrated Work Study Programme (IWSP).
  2. Students will gain opportunities to interact with and learn from technology companies based in the Yubei District, home to the flourishing tech and innovation hub Xiantao International Big Data Valley, where more than 700 companies such as Intel and Microsoft have set up offices. Students will work remotely on programming and software engineering projects for an initial period of one trimester (four months). Physical on-site work attachments and industry visits to Chongqing, China, will commence when travel situations improve, with accommodation, meals and student visas sponsored by YDPG.
  3. In addition to enhancing students’ applied learning experiences, the partnership also seeks to leverage each party’s strengths, experience, and capabilities to facilitate talent development and mobility between Chongqing and Singapore. As part of the agreement, SIT will contribute to the upskilling of Chongqing’s professionals through its Engineering and Infocomm Technology-related Continuing Education and Training (CET) courses.
  4. Associate Professor Ivan Lee, Vice President (Industry & Community), SIT, commented: “This timely partnership provides our students with opportunities to widen their international exposure and enhance their understanding of regional industry demands first-hand. SIT is confident that the real-world industry projects and work attachments at regional and global leading companies will provide an added dimension to our students’ applied learning journey, training them to be nimble, adaptable and resilient in disruptive times.”
  5. Mr Wesley Hui, Director of WiseNet Asia, said: “As one of SIT’s IWSP recruiters, we aim to place students in relevant positions across key industry sectors. With this tripartite collaboration, SIT students are able to work and collaborate with leading companies in Xiantao International Big Data Valley and gain a competitive edge in the job market. In addition to gaining valuable work experience, students will be trained to keep an open mind to new cultures and work environments, thereby granting them better chances at securing employment in the future.”
  6. A distinctive feature of SIT’s degree programmes and an integral aspect of the university’s applied learning pedagogy, the IWSP enables students to undertake paid employment and work on real-world projects, thereby allowing them to integrate theory and practice, and develop deep specialist skills in their chosen fie The IWSP is structured in a unique and distinct way for each degree programme to cater to the specific needs of the industry, developing industry-ready graduates. For more information on IWSP, visit https://www.singaporetech.edu.sg/applied-learning/integrated-work-study-programme.
  7. A/Prof Ivan Lee, SIT, was joined by Mr Diron Chua, Director, WiseNet Asia, and Mr Tan Qing, Vice Secretary of the CPC Yubei District Committee, and Mayor/Chief Executive of YDPG at a signing ceremony held this morning to establish the tripartite agreement.  Mrs Josephine Teo, Minister for Manpower & Second Minister for Home Affairs, and Mr Tan Kiat How, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of National Development, were also present as witnesses.


About Singapore Institute of Technology

The Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) is Singapore’s University of Applied Learning, offering applied degree programmes targeted at growth sectors of the economy. With a mission to nurture and develop individuals who impact society in meaningful ways, SIT aims to be a leader in innovative learning by integrating learning, industry and community.

The university’s unique pedagogy integrates work and study by incorporating applied research for students to work on real industry problems and creating solutions that meet industry needs. SIT also advocates the work-learn continuum, which places an emphasis on upskilling and lifelong learning

For more information, visit www.SingaporeTech.edu.sg.

About WiseNet Asia Pte Ltd

Founded in the year 2011, WiseNet Asia Pte Ltd is a one stop HR solutions provider and management consulting firm headquartered in Singapore, with other locations in Kuala Lumpur, Chongqing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. WiseNet Asia’s HR solutions consist of talent acquisition, talent transition, talent development and HR outsourcing. WiseNet Asia’s core value is to accelerate human resources development through innovative HR models and knowledge sharing. For more information, visit https://wisenetasia.com/.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Nur Atiqah Ali

Manager, Corporate Communications

Singapore Institute of Technology

Tel:         (65) 6592 1154 / 9724 4462

Email:   Atiqah.Ali@SingaporeTech.edu.sg


Regine Chin

GM, Marketing

WiseNet Asia Pte Ltd

Tel:         (65) 6337 2231

Email:   regine.chin@wisenetasia.com

Seated from left: Mr Diron Chua, Director, WiseNet Asia; A/Prof Ivan Lee, SIT;Standing from left: Mr Tan Kiat How, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of National Development, Mrs Josephine Teo, Minister for Manpower & Second Minister for Home Affairs


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30 Jan 2021, Singapore –  The Singapore Management University (SMU) Incubation Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship organized a seminar for Career Coaches from WiseNet Asia to assist SMU students who intend to do remote internship in China to prepare their Chinese resume.

Wesley Hui, Director/Career Coach from WiseNet Asia shared, in brief, some of the work culture and things to look out for when working in China local firms.

Close to 40 students attended the seminar, with 1 trainer and 4 facilitators from WiseNet Asia.

Find out more about WiseNet Asia’s career coaching services:  https://wisenetasia.com/hr-solutions/internship-programs/


26 January 2021

The 3rd NIEI Teaching Faculty Training for Bashu Secondary School, Chongqing, China was held online for a total of 29 principals / senior school administrators from various schools.

The session was opened by Mr Li Xiao He, Vice Principal of Chongqing Bashu Secondary School and closed by Mr Wan Yu, also from Bashu.

Dr Tan Ah Hong from NIEI Singapore conducted the training in Chinese.


NIEI Trainer’s Profile:

Dr Tan Ah Hong, NIEI Singapore

Link to profile:  https://www.nie.edu.sg/profile/tan-ah-hong


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NIEI conducted first online training with Bashu secondary school in the 9th annual academic conference:  https://wisenetasia.com/niei-singapore-conducted-first-online-training-with-chongqing-bashu-secondary-school-in-the-9th-annual-academic-conference/

Chongqing, 22 Nov 2020

The Chongqing Talent Conference was held successfully in Chongqing Yue Lai Convention Center on 21 and 22 Nov.

Chongqing Party Secretary Chen Min’er and Chongqing Municipal Party Committee Deputy Secretary and Mayor Tang Liangzhi graced the opening ceremony.

The two-day conference consists of talent recruitment roadshows, competitions and project co-operation signing particularly in the fields of big data, artificial intelligence, biomedicine, integrated circuits, organized by the various Chongqing district governments.

More than 1,800 talents in areas critical to the development and growth of Chongqing have been attracted to work in Chongqing, including the Chengdu-Chongqing Economic Circle.  In addition, more than 250 entrepreneurial projects and agreements were being signed.

Over 56 million people watched the exhibition through the cloud, and 77 million people watched the conference through a live stream.

WiseNet Asia’s GM (China), Karen Woong attended the event as a special guest.  According to Ms Woong, “Having worked closely with companies under the ‘Singapore-China Chongqing Connectivity Initiative’ and The Belt and Road Initiative, we have built up a huge pool of talent base which will facilitate the projected growth in Western China over the next decade.  WiseNet Asia is committed to talent connectivity between Western China and Singapore, not just in the area of talent attraction (recruitment) but also in other areas such as talent development and internships for young talents.”



Singapore, 26 Oct 2020 – With mutual interest in the field of training and development, and to promote international collaboration, WiseNet Asia and the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) have signed an MOU to work together in the following areas:

  1. Co-designing of internship programmes for SUSS students in overseas markets
  2. Expand SUSS entrepreneurship programmes to overseas markets, bridging entrepreneurs through networks and activities

WiseNet Asia will work with employers in Asia Pacific on the placements of interns, which will be on either remote internship or on site, depending on COVID-19 developments and measures in each country.  For the entrepreneurship programmes, WiseNet Asia will co-ordinate with overseas companies interested at expanding into Singapore and ASEAN by matching them with a Singaporean co-founder from SUSS who is equipped with entrepreneurial skillsets.

For more information about the internship and entrepreneurship programmes, please refer to the following:

WiseNet Asia internship programmes:  https://wisenetasia.com/hr-solutions/internship-programs/

Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) entrepreneurship programmes:  https://www.suss.edu.sg/experience-at-suss/entrepreneurship/alibaba-cloud-suss-entrepreneurship-programme

For companies who are keen to participate in either the internship or the entrepreneurship programme, please contact the following:

Mr Wesley Hui
DID: 6238 0982 / HP: 9661 9473

Annoucement_WiseNet Asia and Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) Signed MOU to Collaborate on Internship and Entrepreneurship Programmes.docx

SINGAPORE, 13 May 2020 – To support undergraduates seeking internships in an uncertain market amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) is partnering human resources consultancy WiseNet Asia, and the Chongqing Yubei District People’s Government (YDPG) to offer internship opportunities in areas such as big data and artificial intelligence (AI).

These internship and employment opportunities, found primarily in the Yubei District, a burgeoning tech and innovation hub in Chongqing, China, will be open to NTU Singapore students across all disciplines. The Yubei District is home to the Xiantao International Big Data Valley, where more than 700 companies have set up offices, including big names such as Microsoft and Qualcomm.

NTU Deputy President and Provost Professor Ling San, WiseNet Asia Consulting Director Mr Diron Chua, and Communist Party of China Yubei District Committee Vice Secretary Mr Tan Qing inked the agreement yesterday at the fifth Joint Implementation Committee Meeting for the China-Singapore (Chongqing) Demonstration Initiative on Strategic Connectivity, at The Treasury building, Singapore. Mr Tan, who is also the Chief Executive of YDPG, signed the agreement remotely via video conferencing.

Joining them at the event were Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Home Affairs Josephine Teo. Chongqing Party Secretary Chen Min’er, and Chongqing Mayor Tang Liangzhi witnessed the signing through video conferencing.

(Back row from left to right): Josephine Teo, Second Minister for Home Affairs; Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Trade and Industry. (Front row from far right): Diron Chua, Director, WiseNet Asia; Professor Ling San, Nanyang Technological University

The collaboration seeks to leverage each party’s strengths, experience, and capabilities in order to facilitate increased collaboration in talent development and mobility between Chongqing, China and Singapore.

Prof Ling San said: “During this period of unprecedented challenges, it is even more crucial to give our students a competitive edge in securing employment. The internship opportunities that arise from NTU’s collaboration with WiseNet and the Chongqing Yubei District People’s Government will allow our students to experience the vibrancy and agility of the tech companies in Chongqing, and build up expertise in fast-growing fields such as big data and AI. Students may even get full-time employment opportunities arising from this collaboration. It will also give our students an opportunity to understand our region better, so that they are well-prepared to thrive in other countries and cultures, including in Asia.”

Mr Wesley Hui, Director of WiseNet Asia, said: “We are excited to be working together with NTU Singapore and Chongqing Yubei District People’s Government in talent development. Talents are a constant priority in companies of any size. When young workers are groomed from the start of their career, they are conditioned with the right mindsets, values and the tenacity to withstand tough challenges. These are the soft factors that make up successful leaders.”

Internships to start second half of 2020

The placements that are expected to start in the second half of this year will see NTU students being offered internship opportunities in the Yubei District, as well as industry networking opportunities, with the help of YDPG and WiseNet.

In addition to being given an allowance, students who are successfully recruited as interns will have their visas, accommodation and meals taken care of.

WiseNet will coordinate with companies on the selection and placement of potential interns, while YPDG will take care of the students’ visas, accommodation and meals for up to six months.

As part of the agreement, NTU will contribute to the human capital development of executives in Chongqing through its postgraduate programmes and executive courses.



Back row from left to right: Josephine Teo, Second Minister for Home Affairs; Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Trade and Industry
Front row from far right: Diron Chua, Director, WiseNet Asia; Professor Ling San, Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

Media contacts:

Foo Jie Ying
Manager, Corporate Communications Office
Nanyang Technological University
Tel: 6790 6681; Mobile: 9117 5023
Email: jieying@ntu.edu.sg

Regine Chin
GM, Marketing
WiseNet Asia
+65 6337 2231

About Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and Graduate colleges. It also has a medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI) and Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N).

Ranked 11th in the world, NTU has been placed the world’s top young university for the past six years. The University’s main campus is frequently listed among the Top 15 most beautiful university campuses in the world and it has 57 Green Mark-certified (equivalent to LEED-certified) building projects, of which 95% are certified Green Mark Platinum. Apart from its main campus, NTU also has a campus in Singapore’s healthcare district.

For more information, visit www.ntu.edu.sg.


About WiseNet Asia Pte Ltd

WiseNet Asia Pte Ltd is a regional integrated Human Resources services provider and consulting firm headquartered in Singapore.  WiseNet Asia’s HR solutions consist of talent acquisition, talent transition, talent development and HR outsourcing.  WiseNet Asia’s core value is to accelerate human resources development through innovative HR models and knowledge sharing. For more information, visit http://WiseNetAsia.com/


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SINGAPORE,  19 Dec 2019 – Last Friday, China issued the first batch of internship S2 visa to 19 foreign students from the National University of Singapore who arrived at Chongqing under the Singapore (Chongqing) Youth Talent Program.  Prior to this, China did not have an internship visa for foreign college students.

The talent program is a collaboration project between WiseNet Asia, Chongqing Yubei District Talent Service Center and Xiantao Big Data Valley, and is part of the Chongqing Connectivity Initiative, the third government-to-government joint project between China and Singapore.   The talent program agreement was signed by all three parties on 11 September during the Singapore-China (Chongqing) Economic and Trade Cooperation Forum, jointly organized by the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Enterprise Singapore and Chongqing Municipality.

The Singapore (Chongqing) Youth Talent Program aims to be a platform for China-Singapore young talents exchanges and cooperation, as well as employment and entrepreneurship. Based on the joint service mechanism formed by the talent’s office of Yubei District Party Committee, Yubei District Human Resources and Social Security Bureau, Yubei Youth League District Committee and other departments, the program provides free accommodation of up to 6 months for eligible young talents at home and abroad, and short-term personal accident insurance.

30 students from the National University of Singapore will go through a 5-weeks internship training in Xiantao International Big Data Valley Park.  The students consist of Singaporean, Malaysian, Vietnamese and Chinese nationalities.  They have graduated from sophomore to postgraduate level, covering computer, electronic engineering, economics, financial engineering, business analysis, business administration and other majors. The duration of this internship will be extended to 6 months in the future.

As the core big data intelligent industrial base in Chongqing, Xiantao Data Valley has gathered together a total of 764 high-tech companies. The first batch of students will enter Huawei’s Chongqing Innovation Center, China Automotive, Chongqing Xiantao Consumer Insight Research and Big Data Co, Transsion Communication Technology Company, Xiantao College and other representative companies in the valley.

Ethan Neo, Head of Operations, WiseNet Asia said, “We are in talks with other universities in Singapore and have already confirmed the next one. We are planning to bring about 100 students to Chongqing for internship next summer.”


About WiseNet Asia Pte Ltd: WiseNet Asia Pte Ltd is a regional integrated Human Resources consulting company headquartered in Singapore.  Incorporated in 2011, WiseNet Asia’s key services include talent acquisition, talent transition, talent development and HR outsourcing.  Our core value is to accelerate human resources development through innovative HR models and knowledge sharing.  For more information, visit https://wisenetasia.com/

Media Contact:
Regine Chin
General Manager, Marketing
T:  +65 6337 2231
E:  regine.chin@wisenetasia.com

Singapore, 11 September 2019 – The Singapore-China (Chongqing) Economic and Trade Cooperation Forum, jointly organised by the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Enterprise Singapore and Chongqing Municipal People’s Government, was held today in Singapore.

Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Trade and Industry, and Mr Chen Min’er, Member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee and Secretary of Chongqing Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) graced the forum and delivered speeches. Mr Hong Xiaoyong, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the Republic of Singapore, Mr Wu Cunrong, Member of the Standing Committee, the CPC Chongqing Municipal Committee; Executive Vice Mayor of the Chongqing Municipal People’s Government, and Mr Teo Siong Seng, Chairman of the Singapore Business Federation also spoke at the event. Mr Chan and Mr Chen also launched the China-Singapore (Chongqing) International Data Channel (IDC), which is China’s first point-to-point international data channel with another country. More than 500 Singapore and Chongqing business leaders and government officials attended the forum.

During the event, one of the projects signed is between WiseNet Asia Pte Ltd – Chongqing Xiantao Big Data Valley Investment and Administration Co., Ltd – Chongqing Yubei District High-level Talent Service Center.

This is a collaboration to provide internship and job opportunities for overseas young talents in Chongqing Xiantao Big Data Valley and Yubei District.  WiseNet Asia will also introduce training programmes for key leaders and business professionals in Chongqing.

For the full list of project signed, please refer to https://www.enterprisesg.gov.sg/media-centre/media-releases/2019/september/singapore-chongqing-economic-and-trade-cooperation-forum-and-mou-signing-ceremony




Singapore (19 July 2019) –  WiseNet Asia recently held a seminar on ‘HR Due Diligence for Mergers and Acquisitions in China’ for HR professionals in Singapore.   The seminar aims to provide the audience with fundamental knowledge on strategic mergers and acquisitions planning in China.  The event was held in Singapore on 19 July.

Mr Wesley Hui, Director WiseNet Asia, giving the opening speech.

“The total amount of mergers and acquisitions in China reached its peak in 2018 with a total of  $56.1 billion; however, there are also a large number of high profile deals that never took off due to failed due diligence.  China is Singapore’s largest trading partner therefore there will be ongoing M&A activities for Singapore companies in China .” said Wesley Hui, Director of WiseNet Asia.

Mr Koh Chin Seng, speaker on Due Diligence in Mergers and Acquisitions in China

The seminar was presented by Mr Koh Chin Seng, a veteran with more than 30 years of HR experience.  Mr Koh has undertaken 7 HR Due Diligence projects in China and 6 in US/Europe. In 2012, he co-authored the book ‘HR Diligence for Mergers & Acquisition in China’ and has also contributed 2 case studies to the book “Implementation of Changes in Chinese Organization”, edited by Professor Ruth Atlas.






The 2019 Second China Headhunting Industry Development Summit is successfully held on June 21st in Chongqing Human Resources Service Industrial Park.

On this occasion, our general manager Ms Karen Woong accepted an interview from Hualong.com.  According to Ms Woong, “Successfully hunting a senior talent is sometimes more like a psychological game.”  According to the “2019 Headhunting Industry Insight Report”, the headhunting process starts from the commissioning of the recruitment assignment whereby a recruitment project takes an average of 1-3 months to complete.  An average 45.67% of the headhunters complete a recruitment project within a period of about 3 months.  The people in the industry describe hunting talents as comparable to the pursuit of love.

Ms Karen Woong, General Manager, Chongqing WiseNet Asia Co., Ltd

From HR to headhunting for more than 10 years, Ms Karen Woong, General Manager of Chongqing WiseNet Asia Co., Ltd. bluntly said that it is a “marriage” for the company and talents.  Everything has variables. Once, to look for a sales director of an international company, the company picked an Italian from 10 recommended candidates, the two sides hit it off.  The candidate has three days to enter the job, but in the last minute said that he “does not want to jump”, which means that the year-long hunting plan has been abandoned. “My wife is pregnant, and there is no way for the company to take care of the family at this time.”  The candidate is apologetic.  In addition, the original company treated the welfare of the employees’ family members, which was obviously better than the new company.  Ms Karen Woong did not break the connection with the candidates. She recalled: “After a year, the job vacancy still exist, the client company once again proposed to recruit others. This time, the candidate who once rejected showed me his network, this single business was then successfully completed.”

An industry insider revealed that the high-end candidates are all “airborne soldiers”.  Whether they can control the team and survive in the enterprise, they also need the follow-up service of the headhunter.  “When the candidate failed to survive the three-month guarantee period, the headhunting company will only get 50% of the value of the order.” Previously, to help a packaging printing company in Singapore to find a professional and technical personnel, Ms Karen Woong turned to find the right person in India. When the other party flew from India to Singapore, a person came to the channel with his luggage. Ms Karen Woong decided to become his first local friend, this means one-to-one orientation including eating habits, cultural atmosphere, taking him to the supermarket, so that he can get used to the local life as soon as possible.  This year’s Spring Festival, the candidate’s phone call made Ms Karen Woong feel warm: “He said that when he returned to Singapore during the Spring Festival, he hoped to introduce his wife to me.”For many years, Ms Karen Woong often received something from the family members of the candidates such as greetings, hand-made desserts, etc.  The master of profound psychology, Ms Karen Woong feels that headhunting is a business that needs long term ‘efforts’, whereby you need to really think what is best for the job candidates and let them give you their heart. Headhunters often need to go out with candidates or customers to expand their network. They once recruited professional management talents for an international airport, whereby Ms Karen Woong flew directly to the Maldives.  This is a headhunting life exactly as shown in the TV series.

Extracted from Hualong.com – “Hunting in the Workplace” Chongqing WiseNet Asia.