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Nguyen Huu Tai

Vinh Long province – Vietnam

Vietnamese-German University

Master of Global Production Engineering and Management

Work & internships

Employer: TBS Group

Awards & citations

TBS – Hinrich Global Trade Leaders Scholarship (2017)

Previous university & major(s)

Troy University – Bachelor of Business Administration (2015)

Scholar status

New scholar – Class of 2017

Read my story here

My first thought when I learned I was awarded this scholarship

I applied for the Global Production Engineering and Management (GPEM) scholarship in the hope of fulfilling my dream. I still remember the date of July 27 clearly. I was exhausted after a long day at work, so when I checked my email only two words struck me: “Congratulations” and “Hinrich.” I was so excited that I couldn’t sleep that night. This is the first scholarship I have received in my life and I am so thankful.

Why I’m interested in trade

Trade is the pulse of the global economy. It drives the economic development of countries, helping individuals enjoy a prosperous life. Expertise in trade can be considered an important factor in the process of becoming a global citizen and successful entrepreneur.

What this scholarship opportunity means to me

The GPEM scholarship provides me with the means to continue higher education at Vietnamese-German University; I don’t have to worry about paying for school. I must take care of my responsibilities as a scholar and make the Hinrich Foundation and TBS Group proud of me, especially when I start giving back to my community.

The international experiences I’m most looking forward to

I’m looking for personal growth. Once I complete my course and interact with a diverse group of scholars and other professionals, I hope to become more confident, self-reliant and determined to achieve my goals. This program will help me gain a broad worldview and build strong partnerships with those who share my vision of sustainable global trade.

Obstacles are expected, so I also hope to develop my problem-solving skills to greatly help me once I am in the field.

My favorite hobbies and other interests

I have enjoyed cultivating bonsai trees in the past few years. Working on trees gives me immense satisfaction; I’m happy to see my miniature trees develop over time. I shape them, care for them and watch them grow. As I cultivate them, I feel like I am also cultivating myself.

I also love playing mahjong. Much like the game of chess, mahjong requires creative thinking skills in choosing a tile and arranging them into threes to make a perfect set.

My proudest achievement so far in life

My proudest accomplishment would have to be when I helped finish a thermal power plant project in Tra Vinh province. I worked there for about a year in the last phase of the project. While my colleagues handled technical tasks, I managed all administrative duties until the project was completed. We wanted to contribute to the sustainable development of Vietnam, in general, and Mekong Delta, in particular.

The largest obstacle I’ve overcome so far in life

The biggest challenge I have faced so far is the financial crisis my brother and I encountered in the cultivation of a farm. Initially, everything went well but then the cost of growing crops exceeded our budget. We had to try all means to cover for it. I had to use my savings and all of my salary while my brother asked help from his friends. Finally, we pulled through. We learned that, when going on a business venture, we have to calculate the cost efficiently. We also realized the importance of having relatives and friends walking with us in our journey.

My future goals and aspirations

I want to complete the postgraduate program and gain valuable skills and experience in manufacturing, global trade and operation management. Amid all this, I’d like to balance my work and personal life and be financially prepared to start a family.

How I plan to give back and help others

I would like to work as a partner or volunteer at a nonprofit organization while still keeping my main job in a manufacturing company.

Personal statement

After I graduated from Troy University, I worked for companies focused on energy and construction. Prior to starting my MSc in GPEM, I had been interested in manufacturing in the hope that one day I could assist local industries. I am confident that I can get the skill set needed for me to achieve my career aspirations.

My aim is to work and to contribute to my country’s development. Meeting students and professionals from other countries gives me a great opportunity to further my own development.

Story about Nguyen Huu Tai

Reflecting on my work and educational experiences, I appreciate the impact that Troy University has had on my life. I have been able to use the skills and knowledge I acquired in school in different chapters of my life. When I began my undergraduate career, I had the opportunity to work as a part-time salesman in 4MEN Fashion shop; an assistant in English Plus Corner at Troy University; an office lease intern as well as an assistant to the senior manager in CBRE Vietnam.

As site administrator at GE Power, I wore many hats – serving as an assistant to the site manager; executive assistant; travel planner; and staff liaison officer in a fast-paced and exciting environment.

I feel extremely honored to receive this scholarship. I would like to thank the Hinrich Foundation and TBS Group for providing support for my personal and professional development.