Exceptional Visit of the Consulate General by Local Students (27 Mar) [fr]
18 students from the TWGHs Yow Kam Yuen College, partner secondary school of the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau under Project WeCan, made an exceptional visit of our office on 27 March 2015 to have a glimpse of how a Consulate General works.
Mr. Arnaud Barthèlemy, Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macau gave a speech in the presence of the School’s Vice-Principal Mr. Yeung, Liberal Studies Teacher Ms. Chan and fellow students. He recapped the activities organized for the TWGHs YKY College under Project WeCan, including the performance of their symphonic band at the Le French May Preview Cocktail and his visit as the officiating guest at the 30th Anniversary Celebration of the School in January. He also explained to the curious students the political, economic and cultural roles of the Consulate General of France within the territory of Hong Kong and Macau. Besides, an introduction of France in terms of its culture, geography, business and technologies was given to the students, who reacted with enthusiasm and raised interesting questions about the working-holiday scheme managed by the Consulate General.
The students then made a visit to the Economic Department of the Consulate General as well as Business France. They were fascinated by the fact that there are keen business and economic collaborations between organizations based in France and Hong Kong. Other than that, they were given a special presentation on Le French GourMay and the cuisine of Midi-Pyrénées, this year’s featured region in the southeast of France, too.
Afterwards, the students visited the Consular Chancery Department and learnt about the work of the Visa, Passport, Police and Press services of the Consulate General.
Last but not least, the Department of Culture, Education and Science was presented. The students learnt about the objective and the programmes of the Le French May arts festival organized by the Consulate General for 23 years, the scientific cooperation between France and Hong Kong as well as the higher education offered in France for secondary school graduates.
A game concluded the fruitful visit and helped students consolidate their understanding about France and the Consulate General. After presenting prizes to the mini-quiz winners, Mrs. Anne Denis-Blanchardon (Consul for Culture, Education and Science) and all teachers and students enjoyed the rest of the afternoon with chats, laughters and light refreshments.