To celebrate the Chinese Lunar Year, the Hinrich Foundation (HF) held a special dinner for the foundation’s scholars and alumni on January 29, 2016. Nine scholars and five alumni attended the said dinner to celebrate the festivities and have a look back at their experiences in the previous year.

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Gong Xi Fat Cai – Kung Hei Fat Choi from Hinrich Foundation Scholars, alumni and management! First row (from left to right): Muhammad Najmul Haque, Alex, Bibekananda Sarker, Destinee Luo, Sam Li Second row (From left to right): Law Luo, Sunil Bushnoi, Ivy Huang, Amy Wu, Eileen Zhou Third row (from left to right): Laura Siu, Celeste Zeng, Cathy Zhou, Suri Huang; Last row (from left to right): Kathryn Dioth and Hunter Liao.

HF’s Chief Executive Officer Kathryn Dioth and Program Director Alex Boome were also present during the get-together, to give the scholars and alumni better insight into the foundation and its goals as well as foster a sense of community among them. Through the program, both scholars and alumni can share a common ground that will enable them to learn more through each other, share experiences and broaden their circle of friends.

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Scholar and awardee Muhammad Najmul Haque with Kathryn Dioth, Alex, and Laura Siu .

During dinner, the alumni shared their own personal experiences with the scholars, with the hope that these would be of help to the scholars someday. The scholars, too, talked about the progress of their studies and listened intently to the advice of their fellow scholars on internships and working in the near future.

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Scholar Eileen Zhou smiles proudly with her award presented by Kathryn Dioth, Alex, and Laura Siu.

A ceremony was held after this to hand out certificates to the six scholars graduating in 2016. Scholars Muhammad Najmul Haque, Bibekananda Sarker and Sunil Bishnoi, sponsored by Hinrich Foundation and VF Corp to take up MSc in Manufacturing Systems Engineering Studies at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, were awarded with certificates that honored them as Hinrich – VF Global Trade Leader Scholars, while Amy Wu, Eileen Zhou and Sam Li – BBA scholars at the Hong Kong Baptist University – were also awarded as Hinrich Global Trade Leader Scholars.

Praise and encouragement were given to the deserving scholars for their hard work and outstanding performance.

About the author – Huang Huiying (Ivy)

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Ivy is a Year 3 Hinrich Global Trade Leader Scholar pursuing her BBA degree at the Hong Kong Baptist University. She has been a scholar studying Global and China Business since September 2015. She is interested in communications and is prepared to promote trade upon graduation.