October IET China update

31 October 2012
IET Communications team
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The recent 'IET Social' event in Beijing

The IET's Dick Bacon delivers a presentation at the recent 'IET Social' event in Beijing.

News from the IET’s team in Beijing.

The IET China team, based in Beijing, has recently welcomed four new colleagues, and enjoyed a visit from UK IET staff member Dick Bacon, who joined them for some high-profile events.


New colleagues

Four new have colleagues joined the IET China team. They are country head Paul Han, business development managers Christine Yu and Violet Guo (who look after Corporate Partner and Academic Affiliate development respectively) and office manager Rebecca Xie. Contact details for the office are available on the website.


‘IET Social’ networking event

The fourth ‘IET Social’ networking event was held in Beijing on 19 October. The two speakers were Dick Bacon, the IET’s UK-based professional development manager, and Andrew Gammie, a member of the IET and a registered clinical scientist. Around 40 people attended, mostly from universities.

Dick shared details on services offered by the IET and also his thoughts on key competences for engineers and what aspects university students should bear in mind and practice during their studies.

Andrew spoke about his experiences of working in a different culture and emphasised the importance of communication and interpersonal skills. He highlighted that, as an engineer, no matter what your level of technical skill, good communication skills will help you work with others to deliver results.


IPRA training

Eight Chartered and Incorporated Engineers from both industry and academia across China attended IET China’s International Professional Registration Advisor (IPRA) training in Beijing on 20 October. They will become the first group of IPRA volunteers in China after further training in the coming weeks.

Dick Bacon was on hand once again to give an introduction on becoming an IPRA in China. The group described how their own professional registration was such an important milestone in their career development, and that they were very proud to be involved in the IET professional registration process in China. They are keen to help young engineers through the process, and suggested that the IET should work more closely with Chinese engineering institutions and government to further promote professional registration.


Academic Affiliates presentation

During his trip, Dick Bacon also delivered a presentation on ‘Routes to Registration’ to the IET Academic Affiliate universities in China. This attracted around 500 young graduates and students. Weina Chen from the IET China team tells us that the audience was very interested to hear from Dick and several attendees expressed a desire to get more involved to promote IET professional registration in China.


Chinese language website

The IET China team has recently launched a new Chinese language website… take a look at www.theiet.org.cn.