Langley, British Columbia—HSBC’s corporate track record shows that the bank knows how to invest. And one of the bank’s most recent ventures is no different. HSBC is investing in university education and in one of Langley’s own students. Recently donating $5,000 in scholarship funds to Trinity Western University, the HSBC Business Excellence Scholarships will benefit five students entering TWU’s new School of Business this fall.
In addition, HSBC has hired Rebecca Neufeld, a fourth year business student from Langley, for a summer internship at the Langley branch. Neufeld will be the first TWU student to participate in the cooperative education opportunity established with HSBC.
“We want to get this student involved with what business banking offers, not only domestically, but internationally,” says Dale Telfer, assistant vice-president and manager for HSBC Canada Bank, Langley branch. “HSBC is a global company, which works well with Trinity Western University, because the University is community-minded with a global reach.”
The cooperative education opportunity with HSBC will grant Neufeld hands-on experience with one of the top trade finance banks in the world.
“I’m excited about getting experience in the real business world,” says Neufeld, who begins her position on June 4. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to get good experience for financial planning and accounting, areas I plan to work in after graduation.”
It is an opportunity that Mary Ellen Kuehl, associate director of The Career Centre at TWU, sees as key to succeeding in today’s job market. “With the tight job market, students are realizing that they need a competitive edge,” says Kuehl. “And that competitive edge comes from opportunities for hands-on experience and networking in their chosen career field before they graduate.”
Neufeld and Trinity Western are not the only benefactors of such a partnership. The cooperative education opportunity also gives HSBC a chance to scout for future bank leaders.
“One of our imperatives is to attract and retain the very best people,” says Telfer. “We want to retain young business leaders coming out of university who are looking for banking opportunities on national or international levels—opportunities that HSBC can offer these graduates.”
The HSBC Business Excellence Scholarships will be granted each year to five of the top students from Trinity Western’s new School of Business. TWU’s School of Business, which will officially begin this fall, is designed to prepare strong business graduates by offering students high-level classroom instruction with outside interaction alongside business executives and market leaders.
Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a privately funded Christian liberal arts university enrolling 2,850 students this year. With a broad-based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 34 major areas ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.
Last Updated: 2012-08-21