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


韓禮士博士於典禮上分享他對大學教育的真知灼見

Date: 02 May 2017 (Tuesday)

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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。

工商管理學院院長施立培教授在典禮上致歡迎辭時表示,學院歷年致力投放資源,為同學提供多元化的學習及交流機會,緊貼市場發展和經濟轉型的需要,為他們將來投身於這個科技世代作好準備。施立培院長說:「浸大工商管理學院作為全球556個BGS分會之一,很高興能為我們的精英學生提供寶貴的機會,與商界領袖交流,擴闊國際視野與業界識見。」

韓禮士博士善用科技推動貿易發展近半世紀,親歷箇中變遷。他說:「社會瞬息萬變,以往終身學習或許並非如現今般普及;但正如近日《經濟學人》指出,科技創新促進了教育和就業兩者之間的互動、變革和連繫,不論各行各業,甚至創業,終身學習於現今新經濟下已是勢在必行,同學們需要朝這方向踏出第一步。」

韓禮士博士亦視此為大學教育的重要意義,他說:「說來似乎不可思議,綜觀全球,不是很多大學投放資源,為學生提供與時並進的課程,以提升畢業生的可持續競爭力。浸大工商管理學院一直積極與我們業界緊密合作,推動更多元化的綜合學習和工作機會。我相信這不僅幫助畢業生加強他們的競爭優勢,同時也是大學生開展終身學習之旅的起點。」

BGS始創於1913年,為首個全美商業榮譽協會,只有通過「國際商管學院促進會」認證的院校才能成立分會。BGS現時的會員總數逾75萬人,遍佈全球160多個國家及地區。浸大工商管理學院分會於2010年成立,旨在表揚於學業、個人發展與專業培訓方面均有卓越表現的學生,鼓勵他們終生學習,拓展人脈網絡,與全球的商界領袖交流。