On 18 April 2018, a group of more than 20 students and alumni visited Guan Sheng Yuan Group Internet and Finance Park (“GSY Park”), which occupies 12,000 square meters in central Shanghai.
The GSY Park, originally the headquarter site for the Guan Sheng Yuan Group, now mainly provides free community space for the public and incubation sites for start-ups in areas such as internet, finance, and innovation.
As part of the China Centre career development series, this company visit was organized by the University of Manchester China Centre and Shanghai Overseas Returned Scholars Association University of Manchester Alumni Association. Ms. Sherry Fu, China Centre director led the visit.
Mr. Xiaoxian Zhen, Manager in charge of innovation cooperation at the GSY Park first introduced the development and culture of the company.
Then, the site tour began with a visit to its incubation zone where a few selected start-ups got to use the office space for free.
Two start-ups based at the GSY Group, Mingxiao Circle, which strives to promote and raise awareness of traditional Chinese culture, and Dijie Technology, which aims to invent and create products that is user-friendly, time-efficient and economically feasible, introduced themselves to the students and alumni group.
Following the rather academic side of interaction and exchange was a tour of sky farm where community could apply to use a soil cell for free and utilize planting app and equipment for auto- watering and lighting.
The company visit finished with traditional Chinese music performance by folk musicians and senior residents in the community.
After the visit, an informal alumni social mixer was held at Sofia Pizza where students and alumni from different years of intake had the great opportunity to connect and network with each other.