Lyu You (Edwards)
Tel Aviv University
Master of Business Administration
Class of 2015
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My first thought when I learned I was awarded this scholarship
I was excited and honored to be awarded this scholarship, looking forward to studying abroad and getting prepared for a career change as a new beginning in my life.
Why I’m interested in trade
Just as promoting sustainable global trade is the mission of the Hinrich Foundation, I also believe that trade itself does not make global peace, but sustainable trade can make a better world.
What this scholarship opportunity means to me
It means that I have a fresh new start in my life and a different career path, which is more challenging and interesting.
The international experiences I’m most looking forward to
Experiencing different cultures, understanding different markets, and enriching my life.
What I’ll bring to my dorm to remind me of home
I will bring the photos of my family and the cooking condiments from my hometown. Because the photos can give me spiritual support in a foreign country and familiar cooking flavors can make me feel at home.
My favorite hobbies and other interests
I like jogging and swimming in my spare time not only for keeping fit, but also relax myself. I am passionate about history both home and abroad, and learning from ancient wisdom.
My proudest achievement so far in life
I am proud for organizing the first Model United Nations event during my undergraduate studies, and participating in similar ones in China as the representative of my university.
The largest obstacle I’ve overcome so far in life
It was in 2012 when I worked in Nanjing Foreign Affairs Office organizing Nanjing Day event in Tel Aviv University for celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Israel together with Chinese Embassy in Israel. As this event contains Opening Ceremony, Cultural Exhibition and Seminar, Art Performance, I have overcome the different ways of thinking in organizing such kind of events by negotiating with my counterparts in Israel through telephone and email. Finally, it ends with great success and media coverage both in Israel and China.
My future goals and aspirationsMy general career plan is bridging China and outside world with my knowledge in international relations and experiences in foreign affairs, which include: promoting sustainable trade and related education, consulting services for international business, and start up my own company in international trade and entrepreneur training.
How I plan to give back and help others
I plan to help people in developing countries to establish trade relationship with outside world and make money for supporting their families to lead a decent life, and help businessmen by consulting services to find market potential for products between developing countries and developed countries to do sustainable trade.
With three years of working experience in municipal foreign affairs in China, I have matured greatly since so many years to studying International Relations and pursuing it in the undergraduate, postgraduate, and professional spheres, I believe I will succeed in studying the IMBA program in Tel Aviv University with the help from Hinrich Foundation Global Trade Leader Scholarship and the Fellowship of Israel Asia Center.
Story about Lyu You (Edwards)
The great sage, Confucius, once said: “At fifteen, I committed myself to study. At thirty, I established myself.” Coincidentally, my goal, by the time of my thirtieth birthday in June 2015, is to earn my MBA and use the knowledge I gain for future career.
My decision to pursue an MBA at this time is motivated by two experiences in my work related to Israel. The first was in 2011 when I started to work in Nanjing Foreign Affairs Office, I helped organizing the visit of Mr. Saul Singer, the co-author of Start-up Nation-the Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle, to Nanjing City. After hearing his speech at Southeast University of China about entrepreneurship and dialogue with teachers and students, I felt inspired to pursue a new career path in business. The second was in 2012, during the twentieth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Israel. I participated in the Nanjing Day event held at Tel Aviv University. In order to prepare the series of activities, including the Opening Ceremony, History Exhibition, Art Show, and Cultural Seminar, I closely cooperated with Ms. Orly Fromer from TAU by telephone and email. After the event’s great success, Ms. Orly suggested that I consider applying for an International MBA.
I am also eager to refine my language skills and develop a more international perspective as a result of studying abroad. Meanwhile, since the International MBA is a group-work oriented program, I can share with my fellow classmates the Chinese perspective of the world and my knowledge and experience of the way Chinese people conduct business with foreigners.