ChanduGopalakrishnan_Scholar profile

Chandu Gopalakrishnan


Hong Kong Baptist University

Master in International Journalism

Class of 2015


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My first thought when I learned I was awarded this scholarship

I felt immense pleasure, coupled with a sense of responsibility when I learned about it.

Why I’m interested in trade

My education background and work experience is mostly related to trade, commerce and the economy as a whole. This is the first and foremost factor that keeps me interested in trade.

What this scholarship opportunity means to me

This opportunity is a chance for me to experience trans-national trade in person ¬– after seven years of editing and writing about trade and commerce.

The international experiences I’m most looking forward to

It includes the inception and execution of a business plan that breaks new ground in trans-national trade.

What I’ll bring to my dorm to remind me of home

I have set of books that I like, written in my mother tongue, in my dorm. The feeling you get when you read your language, and the memories that it evoke, is beyond explanation.

My favorite hobbies and other interests

I am interested in the media and entertainment business ¬ – as trained communication professional as well as a student of foreign cultures and trends.

My proudest achievement so far in life

Winning the Times Group Chairman’s Award – the first among the editing staff to do so – is currently a peak in my professional life.

The largest obstacle I’ve overcome so far in life

Language barrier was the largest obstacle I’ve overcome in my life. I learned to speak the local language in my first workplace in three months.

My future goals and aspirations

To become a person with substantial theoretical and practical knowledge of world trade is one of my aspirations.

How I plan to give back and help others

My experience and training offer many ways to give back and help others. Becoming a good mentor and teacher for upcoming communication and trade professionals is the one I choose.

Personal statement

I am a trained and experienced journalist, with a background of education in commerce and media management. I am currently improving my journalism and communication skills in the vibrant campus of the Hong Kong Baptist University, thanks to Hinrich Foundation, Hong Kong. About 80% of Indian undergraduate students never get a chance to access facilities like these, which adds more responsibility on me as I prepare to join a group of people committed to ease global trade. I expect the skills and the exposure would make me a competent communication professional. In the long run, I wish to share my knowledge with the upcoming stream of youngsters.

Story about Chandu Gopalakrishnan

I am Chandu Gopalakrishnan, a Hinrich Foundation Global Trade Scholar from India. I am a journalist with eight years of experience in news editing, designing and writing, currently doing a master’s programme in business and financial journalism at Hong Kong Baptist University as the Hinrich Foundation’s candidate this academic year.

My experience and my education background helped me get this opportunity.

I have a bachelor’s degree in commerce and a postgraduate diploma in print journalism, after which I joined Deccan Chronicle, India, as a Sub-editor. I moved to The Economic Times a year later as a Copy Editor. There, I completed a master’s degree in media business management as a part time programme. In August 2014, I resigned as Chief Copy Editor.

However, my life till then was not just studies and work. I am a trained percussionist. I track Indian cinema, both regional and Hindi. I collect stamps, coins and currencies. I blog for a small group of friends and cousins. The list will turn much longer if I add my temporary interests.

This opportunity is a crossroad for my life and career – from a journalist with experience in print news production to actively participant in the process of facilitating global trade. I expect the skills and the exposure would make me a competent communication professional.

My limited knowledge on the actual work behind trade developments across the nations adds a little unpredictability to my career plan ahead. This is exactly what I wish to earn: a sound knowledge of trade through participation and developing my career. When I consider myself worthy enough to share that knowledge, I would focus in mentoring those who wish to follow our path.