Mohammad Nurun Nobi is a Hinrich Global Trade Leader who graduated in February 2017 with a master’s degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management (MSEM), a program jointly offered by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and the University of Warwick under the Integrated Graduate Development Scheme (IGDS). Nobi received the “Best Project of the Year” award for his thesis “Implementation of Supply Chain Sustainability and Lean Manufacturing in the Leather and Footwear Industry of Bangladesh.”

Question: Congratulations Nobi for winning the Best Thesis of the Year. What was your first thought when you were informed about the award?

Nobi: It was very surprising for me as it was out of my expectation. My first thought was “hard work gives back.”

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Nobi stands in his graduation robes, having completed his master’s degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management .
Q: Who did you share the news with first?

Nobi: I was in the office when I got this great news by email from my university. I immediately called my parents and wife to share the news. They were also surprised and happy to find out about this news.

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Nobi poses with his wife and daughter during their visit to Hong Kong.
Q: You must have put a lot of effort into this thesis as well as your 10-month study in Hong Kong. Can you share some of the most memorable moments during this time?

Nobi: It was not an easy journey to achieve this award and complete my study in Hong Kong. Usually, I like to study at night as the calmness of the night helps me to concentrate more on my studies. There were lots of nights that I didn’t sleep due to preparations for my thesis.

There were several memorable moments during my time in Hong Kong. I can easily remember one: In preparing for one of my assignments, I started studying at 10 a.m. and got up from the table 10 a.m. the next day. It was almost 24 hours of continuous studying. I received a distinction in that subject recognizing my hard work, and that made the achievement a memorable moment.

Q: Now that you’re back in Bangladesh, what do you think about your journey in Hong Kong?

Nobi: It is always pleasure to go back to my motherland after a spending long period abroad. In my case, I was happy as well as sad when I left Hong Kong. The lifestyle of Hong Kong, specially transportation system, is one of the best in the world because it is very convenient to move from one place to another.

Q: If given the chance to go back in time, what would you do differently?

Nobi: I couldn’t explore and visit all parts of Hong Kong due to my studies. I will try to explore Hong Kong as much as possible if I get a chance to go back in time.

Q: What is your plan for the future, personally and professionally?

Nobi: My personal goal is to lead a happy life with my family. Professionally, I want to become a role model in my work and industry.

Q: How is your work at VF Corp.? Do you think you are applying what you learned in Hong Kong to your job now?

Nobi: I feel very lucky to work with VF Corp., which is one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories suppliers that have socially and environmentally responsible operations spanning numerous geographies, product categories and distribution channels. Currently, I am a plant engineer under the manufacturing excellence and technical services department of VF Asia Ltd.

I learned different aspects of manufacturing engineering in the master’s program, including industrial engineering for business improvement, supply chain management, logistics and operations management, and procurement and inventory management. Now, I am applying that knowledge in my day-to-day work life in VF.

Q: What would you say to the next generations of Bangladeshi engineers?

Nobi: “Grow with your passion.” This is my message for the next generation of Bangladeshi engineers. They should select the engineering subject they are interested in. Also, they should choose their subject according to the market demand.

Q: Overall, what do you think about the Hinrich Global Trade Leader Development Program?

Nobi: The program of the Hinrich Foundation was a life-changing opportunity for me. This is a unique program and I am very grateful to the Hinrich Foundation and VF Corp. for trusting and giving me this great opportunity.

Thank you.

About Hinrich Global Trade Leader – Mohammad Nurun Nobi

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Mohammad Nurun Nobi has a Bachelor of Science degree in Leather Engineering from Dhaka University. Prior to pursuing his master’s degree in Hong Kong, he worked in Bangladesh’s footwear industry, particularly in export, retail and wholesale merchandising. He is now a plant engineer for VF Asia Ltd in Dhaka.