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developing global trade leaders
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Qiqi Liu (Roxanne)

Guizhou, China

Hong Kong Baptist University

Bachelor of Business Administration

Awards & citations

Hinrich Foundation Global Trade Leaders Scholarship (2017)

Previous university & major(s)

Guangdong University of Foreign Studies – Year 2 student of International Trade (2015-2017)

Scholar status

New scholar – Class of 2017

Read my story here

My first thought when I learned I was awarded this scholarship

It is a great honor to be one of the recipients of the Hinrich Foundation Global Trade Leader Scholarship. I am grateful for the opportunity. I would like to promote sustainable global trade to improve people’s lives and promote peace between nations in the future.

Why I’m interested in trade

I once took “Practice of International Trade” as an elective course and scored 97 on it. I realized that, with the development of e-commerce, international trade is evolving rapidly; it has the power to promote business growth in developing countries.

I was driven by great curiosity to study trade. I knew that I had the heart for it and that I was good at communicating with people, which were necessary in trade. Studying it made me see my potential.

Moreover, trade influences many aspects of our lives and shapes the world. It generates employment, improves lives and fosters peace and goodwill.

What this scholarship opportunity means to me

I used to major in Cambodian. I learned about the country’s poverty-stricken regions. I also realized how trading goods and services has improved resource allocation in other underdeveloped countries like Cambodia. I, therefore, changed my major to international trade. Promoting sustainable trade to improve people’s lives has now become my dream.

It is good to know that Hong Kong Baptist University, where I will take my scholarship, emphasizes “whole person education.” This is something I believe in. The BBA program at HKBU features experiential and interactive learning.

The international experiences I’m most looking forward to

I’m very excited to study more about international trade at HKBU. I hope to put this knowledge to practice at Global Sources.

What I’ll bring to my dorm to remind me of home and why

I will bring chili sauce to my dorm! I am accustomed to eating Sichuan cuisine in my hometown. Eating with chili sauce will definitely bring memories of home.

My favorite hobbies and other interests

I am fond of keeping fit through aerobic dancing, indoor cycling and tennis. I was also a coach at the Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center Hongxing Fitness Club . Exercising four times a week helps keep my body in shape and makes me more energetic.

I also like participating in debates and practicing my speech. Last year, I won third prize at a university English speech contest.

My proudest achievement so far in life

I am grateful for the opportunity to be project manager of the Zijizizhu program at Enactus. Our aim is to look after the welfare of children, left behind in rural areas, who cannot afford to buy toys and enjoy their childhood.

We have also created an employment platform to help university designers earn about 200,000 renminbi annually.

I am proud to be a leader who can resolve conflict, such as those between team members, through my balance of discipline, compassion and open communication.

I have also encountered business people who are not so friendly, but the encouragement of my friends has made me optimistic when faced with setbacks. Because of this experience, I have become responsible and determined, and maintained a positive attitude in life.

The largest obstacle I’ve overcome so far in life

Two years ago, I failed a college entrance examination. I was upset and hiding at home all day doing nothing. My mother told me: “Life can be understood backwards, but it must be lived forward. We are what we choose to be.” I have since tried to stay focused on positive things instead of the negative. I turned to my aerobics dance, gradually recovered from the sadness and embraced a whole new life in a university. Ernest Hemingway once said: “A man can be destroyed but not defeated.” Hardships and difficulties are part of life.

My future goals and aspirations

I plan to major in marketing and choose courses such as socially responsible marketing, marketing communications and online media. I will focus on academic excellence and extracurricular engagement in my junior and senior years.

During my internship, I will align my studies with practical skills training and aim to better understand my career interests and career path. In the two years I will work for Global Sources, I want to serve as a marketing officer; learn how to extract and analyze data; and prepare marketing campaigns.

How I plan to give back and help others

I plan to stay on with Global Sources and hope to help underdeveloped countries, such as Cambodia, promote trade and spark economic growth.

Personal statement

My motto is: “I don’t mind the thorns if you are the rose.” Despite many challenges in life, I will keep working on what I am truly enthusiastic about in my journey with the Hinrich Foundation. I will always be grateful for this precious opportunity. My goal is to be in global trade. This scholarship enables me to fulfill my dream.

Story about Qiqi Liu (Roxanne)

Because of my passion for trade, I changed my major from Cambodian, where I topped my class, to international trade, where I ranked fifth among 222 students. I have had three professional experiences and taken active part in volunteer work.

I appreciate the Hinrich Foundation’s study-work-study pattern. It is in line with my own work ethic. I will devote my full attention to the program.