Partnerships between the academic and business community can pave the way for sustainable economic development.

Through the Global Trade Leadership Development Program, the Hinrich Foundation has been bridging these two sectors to give rise to young scholars whose skill sets are aligned with trade industry requirements.

To celebrate the collaboration, the Hinrich Foundation held a welcome reception at Park Lane Hotel in Hong Kong on Oct. 19, 2017.

Mr. Merle Hinrich, the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Hinrich Foundation, delivered his opening remarks and recognized the Foundation’s corporate and academic partners, staff, alumni and new batch of Global Trade Leaders.

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“The Hinrich Global Trade Leader Development Program relies on a robust and dedicated network. The value of brain and academic community, with industry working closely together, is really a critical part [of the program],” he said.

In line with the program’s core values ‒ “Aspire. Learn. Grow. Lead” ‒ Mr. Hinrich cited alumni of the Hinrich Foundation who have become prominent leaders in business and other fields. To focus on lifelong learning, adding value to the company, and actively pursuing personal and professional development will ensure success, he advised.

Two new scholars, Business Management Master’s student Juliette Li and Business Administration undergraduate Ivy Huang from Hong Kong Baptist University conveyed their gratitude for the program.

Following the scholars’ remarks, Ms. Carmela Joy Mandap-Delos Santos, Program Manager of the Hinrich Foundation, recounted her experiences with the program before the internet and into the digital era. She leads a team of six different countries in promoting small and medium enterprises through the Export Assistance Program. In the near future, this program will expand into Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

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At the main event, Mr. Hinrich awarded a scholarship certificate and a copy of A Splendid Change: How Trade Shaped the World to each of the 2017 Hinrich Foundation scholars in Hong Kong. These scholars are:

  • Olivia Ye – Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Sharon Sheng – Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Roxanne Liu – Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Hong Yen Nguyen – Master of Art in International Journalism Studies
  • Abdul Rahoof – Master of Art in International Journalism Studies
  • Imee Charlee Delavin – Master of Art in International Journalism Studies
  • Sopheak Pheana – Master of Art in International Journalism Studies
  • Putro Agus Harnowo – Master of Art in International Journalism Studies
  • Lizzy He – Master of Science in Business Management
  • Juliette Li – Master of Science in Business Management

About the author – Putro Agus Harnowo

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Putro is a Global Trade Leader Scholar year 2017 from Indonesia, currently studying at MA in International Journalism at Hong Kong Baptist University.