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RMIT University Vietnam and Hinrich Foundation welcome inaugural cohort of Master of Global Trade students


Published 16 March 2020

Companies across global value chains enroll 28 executives in program under Hinrich Global Trade Leader Scholarships.

RMIT University Vietnam and the Hinrich Foundation have launched the first-ever Master of Global Trade to equip the next generation of global trade leaders with exceptional strategic and 21st century managerial skills essential for advancing sustainable global trade.

The Hinrich Foundation has awarded scholarships to 28 staff nominated by 17 companies, including Samsung, HSBC, Siemens, Sam Agritech, Duc Thanh Wood, KPMG and BIDV. The scholars work in sectors ranging from electronics manufacturing to trade finance. Companies sending staff to the program have a combined 900,000 employees worldwide and $400 billion in annual revenue.

One of Hinrich Foundation’s leading Employer Partners is Innolux Group. When asked about the Master of Global Trade, Innolux’s CEO, Mr. Roy Jahoda, remarked: “The Master of Global Trade presents a wonderful opportunity for firms like ours to take a more proactive approach to talent development and sustainably support our rising leaders.

“We look forward to contributing our industry expertise to the program content, and seeing our candidates incorporate the practical components of the program to their work.”

One scholar from KPMG Vietnam, Binh Le, Director of Global Trade and Customs and Integrated International Tax, said: “The Master of Global Trade will provide me with an enormous opportunity to analyze the trends in global trade and to make sense of the complexity of cross border trading activities for more efficient trade outcomes.”

Hinrich Global Trade Leaders Of Master Of Global Trade 1St Intake 2020
Hinrich Global Trade Leader scholars come from nine countries and have an average of 12 years’ progressive work experience in trade. Pictured here with Hinrich Foundation CEO, Kathryn Dioth, and Program Director, Alex Boome

Developed by employers, for employers

RMIT University, in partnership with the Hinrich Foundation, developed this program in collaboration with 75 leading employers across global trade value chains. The customized calendar of the program, with 12 courses delivered over 15 months, accommodates executives who need to balance full-time work with study.

“We created the Master of Global Trade program in response to an industry need to develop leadership talent to drive the creation of sustainable and more resilient global value chains,” said Merle Hinrich, Founder and Chairman of the Hinrich Foundation. “These future global trade leaders will guide business growth in the context of significant disruptions caused by geopolitical and technological change, and other global uncertainties.”

Graduate degree conferred by RMIT University Australia

RMIT graduate faculty is comprised of dedicated full-time academics and visiting professors with extensive global experience across the corporate, government and academic sectors. Students will earn a Master of Global Trade degree conferred by RMIT University Australia upon completing the following graduate courses:

  • Global trade
  • Sales & Cross-cultural negotiation
  • Global market entry strategies
  • Business data analytics 
  • International logistics
  • Managing technology & innovation
  • Business operations management
  • Leadership & ethics
  • Managing across cultures
  • Business & economic analysis
  • International strategy
  • Global business consulting

“Global firms must adjust their approaches to technology, production, distribution and risk management,” said RMIT University Master of Global Trade Program Manager, Dr. Steve Clarke. “To achieve that, they need experienced, trained talent with an understanding of trade, geopolitics, risk analysis, financial management and sustainability.

“Executives also need the skills to deal with decision-making in the face of uncertainty and ambiguity, together with multicultural international teams. This program will develop their expertise to excel as leaders of global trade.”

Details about the Hinrich Foundation Employer Partner program and participating companies are available here.

More information about the Master of Global Trade program is available here.