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Jones Lang LaSalle Announces Winners of 2012 Business Smart Competition

Internship programme for finalists helps nurture talents for the real estate industry in Macau and Zhuhai

HONG KONG, MACAU AND ZHUHAI, 17 December 2012 – Jones Lang LaSalle announced today the winners of the 2012 Business Smart Competition. Apart from receiving cash rewards, all finalists will earn a valuable internship opportunity at Jones Lang LaSalle aimed at nurturing real estate professionals in Macau and Zhuhai.

Held in mid-October, Jones Lang LaSalle’s Business Smart Competition sought to spur creative thinking and local community awareness among university students. This year, the competition asked the participants to write a maximum 1,500-word essay on the economic opportunities presented by the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (the Bridge). Participants were also required to come up with strategic plans to realise these opportunities.

Sophie Shuying Ou from the University of Macau borrowed Michael Porter’s ‘value chain model’ to analyse the economic prospects of the Bridge and come up with some interesting insights on how Jones Lang LaSalle may realise these opportunities. The proposal successfully earned her the championship title and a cash award.

“The aim of the Business Smart Competition is to encourage university students in Macau and Zhuhai to think of creative solutions by providing them the right insights and guidance. We are pleased to offer internship opportunities to the winners and the finalists who are all currently studying in real estate-related disciplines. At Jones Lang LaSalle, we always value and invest in grooming talents. Through this internship programme, we hope to provide opportunities to these young people and prepare them to become successful real estate professionals in the future,” said Elsie Hui, Human Resources Director, North Asia, Jones Lang LaSalle Hong Kong.

Other winners in the competition included first runner-up Emma Tong Cao (University of Macau) and second runner-up Like Liu (Lingnan College of Sun Yat-Sen University in Zhuhai), both of whom received a cash award. All the winners and finalists will be given the opportunity to join the summer internship programme at Jones Lang LaSalle, where they will be placed in the various departments of the company.

Organised for the first time, the Business Smart Competition was open to all full-time university students aged 18 to 23 and are in their second or third year of studies. Submissions came from all major universities in Macau and Zhuhai from various faculties such as Management, Economics, Finance and Marketing.


Gregory Ku, Managing Director of Jones Lang LaSalle Macau (5th from left), together with the judging panel consisted of: Alison Yip, Associate Director, Agency (1st from left); Jeff Wong, Head of Residential Macau (2nd from right); and Martin Chow, Head of Property Management (3rd from right) presented the awards to winners Sophie Ou (1st from right) from the University of Macau; first runner-up Emma Cao (4th from left) from the University of Macau; and second runner-up Like Liu  (2nd from left) from the Sun Yat-Sen University in Zhuhai.