Dr Merle A Hinrich shares his valuable insights on university education at the ceremony


Date: 02 May 2017 (Tuesday)


School of Business organises 7th induction ceremony of Beta Gamma Sigma HKBU Chapter

工商管理學院舉辦第七屆Beta Gamma Sigma分會會員接納典禮

The School of Business honoured 81 of its outstanding students and graduates with Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) lifetime membership at the 7th Induction Ceremony of BGS HKBU Chapter held last Wednesday (26 April). At the ceremony, Executive Chairman of Global Sources Dr Merle A Hinrich, was awarded the Chapter Honouree for his significant contribution to fostering business and technology innovation in global trade.

Dean of the School of Business Professor Edward Snape welcomed guests at the ceremony by highlighting the School’s commitment to creating a better business environment through responsible business engagement, and to equipping students with the requisite skills for a successful business career. He said: “Being one of the 556 BGS chapters around the globe, HKBU School of Business is proud to provide our students with such a valuable opportunity to connect with top business graduates and business leaders worldwide.”

Throughout his journey of driving cross-border trade using technology for nearly half a century, Dr Hinrich has experienced enormous changes in business networks and the global economy. He said: “Maybe there was a time in history when lifelong learning was not as important as it is today. However, as The Economist recently noted, lifelong learning is becoming an economic imperative – technological change demands stronger and more continuous connections between education and employment, so today it has become ingrained in you to plan and budget for this new reality. Whether your aspirations are business, in other areas, or to be an entrepreneur, it is essentially relevant. And the starting point lies with you as students.”

This is where Dr Hinrich sees the important role of university education. “Inconceivable as it may seem, not many universities are suitably focused on the employability of their students backed by a true lifelong curriculum. HKBU School of Business has been proactive in working with us to advance integrated learn and work opportunity. I believe that this not only provides graduates with a competitive advantage, but is also the beginning of a lifelong learning journey.”

Established in 1913 in the US, BGS is the international honour society serving business programmes accredited by AACSB International, with chapters in 160 regions and countries and members of more than 75,000 around the globe. The BGS HKBU Chapter was founded in 2010, with the aim of honouring distinguished students of the School, unleashing their leadership potential and expanding their global network to connect with professional leaders.

工商管理學院於上周三 (4月26日) 舉辦第七屆Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) 分會會員接納典禮,向81名商學院傑出學生和畢業生頒發終身會員資格,並頒授榮譽會員名銜予B2B媒體公司環球資源Global Sources執行主席韓禮士博士,以表揚他在環球貿易上積極推動科技創新的貢獻。