Hinrich Foundation (HF) and VF Corp (VF) successfully hosted a scholarship and leadership fair entitled “Global Trade Leaders MBA Scholarship and VF Career Fairs” in Vietnam on March 12 and 13, 2016

VF-HF host scholarship & career fair
Hinrich Foundation and VF Corp team up to co-sponsor MBA scholarships at Hanoi University of Science and Technology and build a strong university-indudstry linkage for the industry.
 
 Robert Hiley, VP of Timberland Asia Footwear Sourcing talks about VF Corp’s businesses and growth plan in Vietnam.
Robert Hiley, VP of Timberland Asia Footwear Sourcing talks about VF Corp’s businesses and growth plan in Vietnam.
queries about career opportunities
VF Talent Acquisition, Diversity and Inclusion Director Veronica De Homersley (left) answers queries about career opportunities in Vietnam.

Held at Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi, the fair was attended by prospective candidates, textile and garment schools and representatives from the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Leather and Shoes Research Institute.

The two organizations set up the event to strengthen the ties between education and industry and meet labor demand, since Vietnam is projected to becoming VF’s largest footwear sourcing hub in 2016.

“This implies a lot of opportunities in Vietnam to grow,” said Robert Hiley, vice president of Timberland Asia Footwear Sourcing. “We are here today to encourage more Vietnamese people to work for VF.”

Career opportunities in Vietnam and abroad were offered by VF. The apparel and footwear powerhouse of iconic brands including North Face, Timberland and Vans offered career development opportunities in commercial engineering, production planning, robotics/automation engineering and sustainable living environment.

The MBA program of the University of Leipzig at Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) was also introduced during the fair. Sponsored by VF and HF, this program aims to cultivate the leadership and management skills of footwear production managers. This partnership between HF and VF began in 2014 when MSc scholarships at Hong Kong Polytechnic University were offered to citizens from Bangladesh.

 Hinrich Foundation’s Program Director Alex discusses the foundation’s collaboration with industries and universities to provide work-integrated-learning scholarships for export trade leaders.
Hinrich Foundation’s Program Director Alex discusses the foundation’s collaboration with industries and universities to provide work-integrated-learning scholarships for export trade leaders.

“We aim to take your education up in the international trade,” HF’s Program Director Alexander Boome said. “We discover what the market needs and make sure that when the scholars graduate, they are offered the jobs in the areas they are passionate about.”

Successful candidates work full-time in June for four months before taking up their MBA in Small Enterprise Promotion and Training (SEPT) in the evening and on weekends.

talks to attendees about the scholarship
The Hinrich Foundation team talks to attendees about the scholarship co-sponsored with VF.

The SEPT MBA program was developed by Germany’s Leipzig University (LU) and launched in Vietnam in 2005 at HUST, which is Vietnam’s leading technological university. It is a full-accredited international program – with half of the professors from LU – that aims to give students a knowledge base in management and economic development.

This work-integrated-learning approach was created to align scholars’ academic studies with practical requirements of the industry, which will train them to become leaders in their prospective fields.

About the author – Thuy Ho

Ho Thanh Thuy

Thuy Ho, based in Ho Chi Minh City, works as Hinrich Foundation’s education and training coordinator. Her job involves trade-related talent development through scholarships, internships and work placements offered by the Hinrich Foundation and its partners.

She started her career promoting sustainable global trade with the Hinrich Foundation as an export consultant, providing assistance to Vietnamese small and medium-sized exporters to enhance their international sales skills, boost their exports and generate employment.

Thuy was awarded the Hinrich Global Trade Leader Scholarship to pursue a Master of Arts in International Journalism at Hong Kong Baptist University in 2014.