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Ho Hin Hein (Hugo)

Yangon, Myanmar

Vietnamese-German University

MSc in Global Production Engineering & Management

Work & internships

Employer: adidas Myanmar

Awards & citations

adidas – Hinrich Global Trade Leader Scholarship (2017)

Previous university & major(s)

Yangon Technology University – Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (2013)

Scholar status

New scholar – Class of 2017

Read my story here

My first thought when I learned I was awarded this scholarship

I could not believe it, so I checked my e-mail again. When the idea that my dream to be a scholar finally sunk in, I realized that my journey was finally going to begin and that I would be able to improve my life.

Why I’m interested in trade

Global trade is the exchange of goods and services between two parties, involving finance, investments, exchange rates, insurance, technical skills, imports, exports and laws. I’m interested in trade because I like communicating with other people and want to contribute to the improvement of Myanmar’s trade.

What this scholarship opportunity means to me

I believe that this scholarship will change my life. It will create great opportunities and give me the chance to improve myself and to help my country. Nowadays, my country needs people who will build the country, and I would like to be one of them.

The international experiences I’m most looking forward to

One particular experience I’m looking forward to is learning about different cultures. The world is like a small village, and every country has its own culture and laws. As a scholar, I will be able to learn about the world, and I hope I can use these experiences someday in practical situations to achieve my goals.

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

A photo of Buddha and a piece of my mother’s clothing. Buddha’s photo will remind me of kindness, love and forgiveness, and the clothes, which my mother usually wears when she goes to the pagoda, will help me remember my family.

My favorite hobbies and other interests

I like traveling and learning about different cultures and interesting things. Reading and cooking are also my interests. Sometimes, I search for new cuisine styles on the Internet and try to recreate the recipes at home.

My proudest achievement so far in life

Getting a chance to hold the hand of Nobel Peace Prize winner, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, whom I met during her campaign in 2015. Another proud moment of my life is being awarded this scholarship. I am thankful to the Hinrich Foundation and adidas Myanmar for awarding this scholarship to me.

The largest obstacle I’ve overcome so far in life

Being apologetic. When I worked for the first time as site engineer in the construction field, I really was frustrated. I supervised and instructed labors and workers, but they never listened. I couldn’t control them. Later, I learned how to manage them through the guidance from my seniors and teachers.

My future goals and aspirations

One of my goals is to help my family and my country. I would like to become a volunteer and provide support to those who need help and education.

How I plan to give back and help others

Creating job opportunities for those in the grassroots level and helping them upgrade their skills. I would also like to impart my knowledge and use my skills and experience when I work for adidas Myanmar.

Personal statement

As it is my first time to receive a scholarship and study abroad in Vietnam, I’m really excited. I’m thankful for this chance, and I hope I can improve myself along the way.

Story about Ho Hin Hein (Hugo)

Life began in a small island in the gulf of Martabon, off the coast of the Ayeyarwaddy region. Eight years ago, I transferred to Yangon to study and stayed there until high school. After high school, I studied civil engineering at the Yangon Technology University because I had always wanted to become an engineer.

In my family, I’m the youngest, with one sister and two brothers before me. My family never failed to be supportive of me throughout those years.

Five years ago, my mother passed away, and after she died, my father entered the monastery. It was a really difficult time after that, but now I am finally moving forward. With the scholarship, I now have the chance to change my life. Of course, there will be many challenges ahead. I cannot control them, but I know for certain that I will not give up without a fight.