The Government has launched its “Thousand Talents Programme”. It aims to provide young people with a better understanding of the country’s development and to help enhance the competiveness of Macao’s young people in employment markets. The programme – one of the Government’s key strategies for talent cultivation – was previously outlined by the Chief Executive, Mr Chui Sai On, in his Policy Address for the Fiscal Year 2016. A total of 1,000 young people will have the opportunity to join study visits to the mainland in the coming three years. Participants will include students of Macao’s high schools and young people that are studying in local universities or overseas. Mainland provinces such as Guangdong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang, and mainland cities including the municipality of Shanghai are among the destinations for study visits this year. The programme also aims at enhancing exchanges between young people from the mainland and from Macao. Activities during the visits will include leadership training, talks with outstanding achievers, and discussions on innovative technology and cultural creativity. The Government upholds the principles of “Letting Macao thrive through education” and “Building Macao with talent” as the foundation of its education policy. It also has the general policy aim of creating more favourable conditions for cultivating well-rounded young people of talent. The “Thousand Talents Programme” is headed by the Chief Executive’s Office and coordinated by the Macao Foundation, with support from the Ministry of Education and the All-China Youth Federation. Applications to join the programme opened on March 1. For more details, please visit: http://www.fmac.org.mo/1000program/.