Thanh Thuy Ho

Thanh Thuy Ho


Hong Kong Baptist University

MA in International Journalism

Class of 2015


Read my story here

My first thought when I learned I was awarded this scholarship

My first thought when I learned I was awarded this scholarship:The time waiting for the scholarship result seemed longest ever. All candidates in the interview round were excellent and there was only one scholarship for Vietnam this year. I was so nervous on the day of result announcement. And when the email from Hinrich Foundation came, I screamed with myself “Wow, I did it!” The first goal in my new-year writing was checked. It provided great self-fulfilment, but there are still many more goals to do for my study in Hong Kong.

Why I’m interested in trade

My first impression about trade was traced back to the remarkable growth of Vietnam’s economy driven by “Export-led growth” strategy since 1986. This motivated me to enroll in a trade university where I discovered broader influences of world trade and its pros and cons. My interest was consolidated and developed into a passion for sustainable global trade which enables human to enjoy the equilibrium in economic prosperity, environmental quality, and social quality.

What this scholarship opportunity means to me

First of all, the Scholarship has realized my dream of taking higher education at a reputable university abroad to enhance my expertise, broaden my perspectives, and grow in maturity.

Furthermore, receiving the Hinrich Global Trade Leaders Scholarship is a further step into my career path to sustainable trade-based national wealth. Studying international journalism at one of the best journalism and media schools for Asian students is a valuable opportunity for me to increase my prominent strengths in writing and research and get closer to achieving my long-term career goal.

The international experiences I’m most looking forward to

I wish to experience Western culture and learn about the concept freedom of press which has been practiced at a very limited extent in Vietnam.

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

I bring a photo frame with some pictures of my parents and my best friend. The frame let me see the pictures from both sides, so I just take turn to “meet” them all by looking at the photo frame on my bookshelf. They are the ones who have been next to me during my ups and downs, encouraging me to overcome challenges and achieve my goals. Their pictures keep me warm because I don’t feel I am living far from them. There’s no reason to feel lonely when my beloved ones smile at me everyday.

My favorite hobbies and other interests

Music is my most favorite hobby. I love various types of music ranging from romantic pops healing my sorrow soul to electronic digital music fueling me with much energy. Interestingly, music makes me more focus on my work and stimulates my brain to come up with unexpectedly brilliant ideas. Football is another interest. I’m a huge fan of the Netherlands national football team and Manchester United club.

My proudest achievement so far in life

Winning the Hinrich Global Trade Leader Scholarship for MA in International Journalism Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University is my proudest achievement so far.

The largest obstacle I’ve overcome so far in life

Catching up with my classmates at Hanoi Foreign Trade University is the largest obstacle I’ve overcome. Despite little background in English, I chose Business English as my major and learnt with gifted students of English. In order to communicate in class and achieve desired study outcome, I participated in evening language classes and tutored to pay the fees of those classes.

My future goals and aspirations

I wish to work in the marketing research field.

How I plan to give back and help others

I want to carry out research to analyze the marketing strategies of export-oriented companies as well as their target customer insights to suggest effective approaches.

Personal statement

“The steeper the mountain, the harder the climb, the better the view from the finish line.” – Unknown

Story about Thuy Ho

Thuy Ho wishes to dedicate her career path to national prosperity and individual welfare of local people. Involved in trade-led job creation via the Developing Country Export Assistance Program of Hinrich Foundation for three years, she believes promoting sustainable global trade is the key to what she is pursuing.

Working as an Export consultant realized her passion for a job of high sense of community. It enabled her to support Vietnamese small- and medium-sized exporters to enhance their international sales skills, boost their exports, and generate employment.

However, this was only initial steps of her mission. Therefore, she undertakes the MA in International Journalism Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University with the ambition to broaden her knowledge and skills and optimize them for the calling of sustainable trade-based development.