Chinese University school attracts mainland government officials The Chinese University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies has tailored many courses for educational institutions and mainland government officials. School director Victor Lee Sze-kuen said in recent years mainland organisations found it was not viable to attend training courses overseas. 'They used to send senior managers to the United States, Britain and Australia to learn western techniques, see the outside world and take the opportunity to travel. 'But gradually they realised that this was not practical because most employees did not speak English and they needed a translator. The language barrier made them feel that they were acquiring second-hand information. 'They also found that some western techniques did not apply to the Chinese culture, so they turned to Hong Kong because it shares a similar culture and our business system is more applicable to the China business world,' he said. The school has trained mainland officials from bureaus, districts and provinces, including town planners and medical and health practitioners. Recently, the school trained university and college presidents, service managers and teaching staff, from Heilongjiang, bilingual teaching methodology. Dr Lee said it was so successful that educational institutes from Jilin also came for the training. The school enrols an average of 50,000 Hong Kong students every year and this figure continues to grow. More than 95 per cent of the students complete their courses. Dr Lee said that those who did not finish the programme were mostly dropouts that had lost interest in the courses.