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The HFAA-Scholar Connect: Vietnam event held April 7-8 was a huge success! A big thanks to our alumni, scholars, partners and HF team members who spent their precious weekend with us though fun outdoor activities, professional development workshops, campus tour and more. Participants of the 2-day event were:

Scholars: Ei Ei Cho, Hein Ho, Jeimie Saw, Raksa Chan, Trang Nguyen, Oo Tun Tun and Zarni Lynn

Alumni: Mai Nguyen, Timo Nguyen and Tristan Truong

HF team: Alex Boome, Carmela delos Santos, Linh Huynh, Moon Nguyen, Lycah Baylon and Thuy Ho.  

Outdoor bonding activities

Hinrich Foundation scholars and alumni got together this Sunday to reconnect and enjoy several outdoor activities at the Boat Club Resort in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Activities included Zord ball soccer, paintball gun shooting, kayak boating and pottery making, where our finished products were used as exchange gifts for each other! 

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Zorb ball soccer


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RMIT Engineering lab tour

Dr. Eric Dimla, PhD of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology gave Hinrich Foundation scholars and team members a tour of the university’s top-notch engineering facilities such as the automation labs, robotics & mechatronics labs, and electrical & electronics labs. Dr. Dimla is the head of RMIT’s Science and Technology Department. 

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RMIT engineering lab tour facilitated by Dr. Eric Dimla, Head – Science and Technology Department

Back-to-back training sessions

Hinrich Foundation alumnus Khiem Vu (Vietnam, HKBU MAIJS ’08 & CUHK MBA ’16), who is the Global Sources Vietnam Chief Representative, shared with the scholars his expertise on effective cross-cultural communication. The highlight of the workshop was when the scholars were divided into groups to simulate a situation where their communication and persuasion skills were put to the test. 

Right after that, Hinrich Foundation Program Director Alex Boome talked about communicating effectively through clear and concise writing at today’s Professional Development Series in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Alex gave on-the-spot email writing exercise to the scholars to test how much they have learned from the training. 

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Khiem Vu (Left), HF alumnus and Global Sources Vietnam Chief Representative conducted a workshop on Effective cross-cultural communication. To complement, Program Director Alex Boome (Right) discussed best practices on Effective written communication. 

Send-off dinner to the graduates

A big shout out to Vietnam team members Lycah Baylon and Thuy Ho for a job well done in organizing the two-day event. We look forward to more activities in the future!

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