FORTY-NINE senior officers from Shandong, China, attended the recent Shandong Fellows Training Programme implemented by the School of Continuing Studies' China Projects at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The School of Continuing Studies has been organising training programmes for senior officials from China since June 1992. During the six-week programme, the trainees participated in 34 tailor-made professional courses including international economics and trade, Asia-Pacific economic and financial development, Hong Kong studies and enterprise management. 'During these 42 days of training, we hope that we have not only simply organised sessions and sessions of lectures, but also invited active participation from our trainees,' said Dr Wong Pui-yee, programme director of the Shandong Fellows Training Programme. The 38 lecturers invited were scholars and professionals from the United States, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Hong Kong. The trainees also visited various government departments, financial institutions and private firms to understand more about Hong Kong's economic and trade development. 'Through lectures, visits, report writings and weekend assignments, we hope our trainees will be enhanced,' Dr Wong said. 'Also, seminars on multinational organisation and management were organised for trainees to have more in-depth understanding of trends in multinational business.' Before the end of the programme, each trainee was asked to submit an academic project on a selected research topic and an individual report on their own work performance. They were also asked to draw up a proposal outlining how they thought they could improve their performance in their workplace. 'I believe that every one of us has obtained deeper knowledge and understanding of the operation of the capitalist economy,' said Huang Cheng, deputy secretary-general of the Shandong Provincial People's Government. Another trainee, Li Mun, the trade department manager of Weihai International Economic and Technical Co-operative Ltd, said: 'I trust that this will prove helpful in analysing my future work problems and in improving my daily management affairs.'