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The Hinrich Foundation and its academic and industry partners in Vietnam gave a warm welcome and congratulations to three new Global Trade Leaders under their co-sponsored scholarships. Held Nov. 10, 2018, the event was filled with opportunities for my fellow scholars and me to learn and network while having fun.

The welcome reception took place at adidas’ office in Deutsches Haus, considered one of the most energy-efficient office buildings in Vietnam. Organized by the Hinrich Foundation in cooperation with adidas, the event was attended by representatives of the Vietnamese-German University (VGU) and adidas’ suppliers such as Pou Chen Group, Lai Yih Group, Hwa Seung Vina and Framas.

Learning from speakers

Speeches from adidas, Hinrich Foundation and VGU representatives allowed my fellow scholars and I to know more about the companies involved in our studies and future careers.

Kelly Nguyen, director of LO Operations & Projects at adidas in Vietnam, introduced us to the company and highlighted the growth of adidas’ footwear market and its record sales of €21.2 billion in 2017. From her opening remarks, I realized it was a good opportunity for footwear manufacturers as well as professionals in the footwear industry.

Linh Huynh, Program Manager of the Hinrich Foundation’s Trade Career Development Program, provided insight into the Global Trade Leader Career Development Program. She noted the four steps involved in the program – Aspire, Learn, Grow and Lead – and the work-integrated learning (WIL) approach it takes. Under WIL, students experience a real working environment with the Foundation’s industry partners.

Mrs. Huynh also told attendees of the reception about previous scholars who have completed the Global Trade Leader Career Development Program. Afterward, a short video about me and Zin Htar Oo, another scholar from Myanmar, was shown.

What I learned about the Foundation and the success stories of Global Trade Leaders further inspired and motivated me to explore this new stage of my life. Dr. Hà Thúc Viên, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at VGU, noted the essential role of education and research in the new era of technological innovation. We learned that VGU possesses the highest number of international students in Vietnam and is moving forward in its goal to be the leading research university in Southeast Asia.

Global Trade Leaders posed for a photo with representatives of the Hinrich Foundation, adidas, adidas’ suppliers, Luen Thai and all guests.

Hearing about VGU and its accomplishments, I felt confident about my decision to apply for and accept the scholarship that will enable me to obtain a Master of Science degree in Global Production Engineering and Management, which is offered at VGU by the Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin).

Dr. Hà Thúc Viên, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Vietnamese-German University, talked about the role of education and research in this era of technological innovation during his opening remarks.

Awarding and networking

After the speeches, my fellow scholars and I excitedly received certificates of our scholarship from the Hinrich Foundation and its industry partners. A group photo after the awarding ceremony provided a good memento.

Hinrich Global Trade Leaders received certificates of their scholarships during the event.

Afterward, all attendees participated in a team-building activity. We all enjoyed the game and it provided us an opportunity to work with and get to know several people.

A team-building activity allowed the new Global Trade Leaders to get to know each other.

The event concluded with a networking session and refreshments, which gave us another chance to know other attendees better.

A networking session provided Global Trade Leaders the opportunity to know each other and professionals from the manufacturing sector and the academe.

All in all, the welcome reception will be a vivid memory and has left me delighted about the bright future ahead.

About the author – Tun Tun Oo

Tun Tun Oo is currently studying Master of Science in Global Production Engineering and Management at Vietnamese-German University. A graduate of the Myanmar Aerospace Engineering University with a major in avionics, his goal is to become a professional specializing in automation, industrial engineering and production technology.