“Where East and West unite their best for greater good of all… Oh Baptist U, our founders’ dream, our faith and hope maintained”. When the orchestra played the university anthem, I felt nothing but an overwhelming sense of pride for being selected as a Hinrich Foundation scholar and for being here at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU).


Merle Allan Hinrich
Figure 1. Dr. Hinrich at the moment of the conferment of his Honorary University Fellowships.

All of us were gathering for the HKBU 60th Convocation and Honorary University Fellowship Conferment Ceremony, welcoming over 2,100 new undergraduate students and international students and conferring six distinguished leaders for their significant contribution to the university and to society. Dr. Merle A.Hinrich, the Executive Chairman of Global Source and the founder of the Hinrich Foundation was one of those esteemed individuals.

Professor Roland Chin, President and Vice-Chancellor of HKBU, noted that education is not just the acquisition of knowledge in and of itself, but a brand new horizon that should be fully utilizedby those who receive it  so they may become a well-rounded individual.

Being selected for a scholarship to study abroad is not an easy task. Setting a clear route to define  ourselves and finding a mission to commit to in  a quickly-changing globalized world  is exponentially more difficult. Attending this event, the other six scholars and I shared the same eagerness, enthusiasm, hope and ambition about a bright future , fortunate to find the mission of creating peace through sustainable global trade to that we could contribute to.

I declined the Cardiff University Scholarship Winner Award and traveled to Hong Kong and become immersed within the Hinrich Foundation in order to live wholeheartedly. I know beyond any shadow of doubt that this was the right decision. The dark clouds making the choice difficult in my mind were blown away when listening to managers,  scholars and alumni.

“I am so grateful to the Hinrich Foundation for offering this scholarship to me which will allow me to receive a trade-related education in HKBU. As a member of the Hinrich scholar family, I really feel that we are promoting sustainable global trade through participation in the China Sourcing Fair as well as some charity bazaars.” Li Shengpeng, a senior student from the BBA program shared.

Merle Allan Hinrich Honorary HKBU
Figure 2. New Hinrich scholars meet their team and the board of directors in Hong Kong.

The convocation was not only an occasion for the Hinrich Scholars to get to know each other, but also a chance to learn more about who we are and what we are doing. I believe all the scholars were inspired by the sound advice and sincere encouragement of Dr. Merle A. Hinrich to “take responsibility for your choices, you give yourself the greatest chance of being satisfied with your role in society, to be a rounded person and to be happy.”

This was also a chance for me and other journalism scholars to empower ourselves with a mission of using media platforms to promote global sustainable trade. Communication plays an irreplaceable role in any networking; it connects people and enables global trade.

Alexander J. Boome, Hinrich Foundation program director stressed that best practice will not only give credibility to information for products, supply, demand and the specific needs of trade partners but also enhance the partnerships of theHinrich Foundation and its stakeholders. I also learned from him that as a journalist I could take advantage of researching, developing and expressing information in the most effective ways across a range of communication channels. Now more than ever before, I have a strong belief of using my pen and using it to shape the world we live in.

For those who not  yet clear  in their mind about their journey in life , here is another beacon to guide them: “Ask yourselves what is your most critical measurement of your success? Make a wise choice among experience, network, mindset, skills development, giving back or compensation; which will make the most difference to you? And finally be patient, walk and don’t jump. Growing slowly means giving yourselves unlimited opportunities to learn and the right direction for driving your bus” said Khiem Vu, an alumnus anda program advisor of the Hinrich Foundation.

It has been an honor for me to travel over 2,000 kilometers to have the opportunity to receive this valuable advice and inspiration. With the Hinrich Foundation, I am living my passion and my dream and doing what I love. I have decided and take my turn. When when will you?

About the author – Nguyen Quang Minh Nguyet (Moon)

Nguyen Quang Minh Nguyet (Moon)

Awarded the Hinrich Global Trade Leader Scholarship, Nguyet is now pursuing her Master of Arts in International Journalism Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University. She has worked for both print and online magazines for four years in her hometown of Hue, Vietnam.