Training needs of 183,000 civil servants, working in 15 policy branches and 72 departments are taken care of by the Civil Service Training and Development Institute, whereas training policy is set by the Civil Service Branch. The institute is the central training agency responsible for helping the CSB to formulate and implement training policies and regulations. It also supports initiatives by the Government, provides advice on human resource development to departments, and provides general training to meet job and developmental needs of civil servants. In 1995-96, the institute trained 45,630 civil servants. This amounted to 144,783 trainee days. In the same period, the institute carried out 19 projects on training surveys/advisory services for 19 departments and launched 18 publications. In 1996-97, the institute hopes to train 54,000 civil servants. This would amount to 167,000 trainee days. It hopes to undertake 23 projects on training surveys/advisory services for 23 departments and launch 28 publications. The institute was set up last year by merging the former Civil Service Training Centre (CSTC) and the Senior Staff Course Centre (SSCC). The institute's professional training staff include a director, four staff tutors, 79 training offices, 16 executive officers and 64 support staff. For 1996-97 the institute has been allocated $128.1 million. Of this, $36.4 million will be used for sponsoring officers to attend local and overseas courses, $87.2 million for in-house training, and $4.5 million for developing self-learning packages. The institute has 40 training rooms, three micro-computer training centres, three language laboratories and three libraries. Seven operational units make up the institute's structure. The Administration Unit is responsible for monitoring civil service regulations regarding training, and for managing all external management education programmes. The information technology training section under this unit organises training on use of IT and personal computers. The English and Communication Training Unit offers English and communication courses as well as programmes tailor-made to meet departmental needs. The China Studies Unit has two sections. The Chinese language section is responsible for written Chinese, Putonghua and Cantonese training. This section organises training to familiarise civil servants with the political, social and economic systems of China. The Training and Development Advisory Services Unit provides consultancy services to departments on matters related to training and development of staff. The Management Training Unit provides both central and tailor-made management courses for those with managerial or supervisory functions. The General Grades Training and Development Unit organises training to help general grades staff to meet their operational requirements as well as developmental needs. The Senior Management Development Unit organises the 10-week senior staff course for staff on the Master Pay Scale Point 45-49 and Directorate Pay Scale Point 1-2, as well as directorate seminars.