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Tun Tun Oo

Sahmaw, Myanmar

Vietnamese-German University

Master of Science in Global Production Engineering & Management

Work & internships

Employer: Tsang Yih Footwear Co., Ltd.

Awards & citations

LaiYih – Hinrich Global Trade Leaders Scholarship (2018)

Previous university & major(s)

Myanmar Aerospace Engineering University Avionics

Scholar status

New scholar – Class of 2018

Read my story here

My first thought when I learned I was awarded this scholarship

I made it. I had a lack of self-confidence before applying for this scholarship because it was the very first time I tried to apply for one. At first, I just wanted to experience being interviewed. However, I later realized I was afraid to lose this opportunity. After all, a scholarship is what I have always wanted.

Why I’m interested in trade

It is of prime importance today. With international trade, consumers get an opportunity to consume a large variety of goods produced by different countries. It improves people’s quality of life, encourages innovation and promotes cooperation among countries.

What this scholarship opportunity means to me

It’s a precious gift from God and an opportunity to make my dreams true. I am grateful.

The international experiences I’m most looking forward to

Exploring the world – even if it is a small part of it. I would also like to make friends and learn more about the countries they are from.

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

Books! I love reading because it keeps me calm. My favorite Burmese authors are Mya Than Tint and Khin Khin Htoo. Hopefully, I won’t feel homesick after reading Burmese novels.

My favorite hobbies and other interests

Traveling, listening to music and watching movies. I enjoy learning English, reading and writing as well. Someday, I hope to be a technical writer specializing in automation, manufacturing and electronics.

My proudest achievement so far in life

Graduating with an engineering degree from a university, where I learned so much and gained many memories. Being able to help my mother financially is also one of the happiest and proudest moments of my life.

The largest obstacle I’ve overcome so far in life

When I was 14, I wanted to run away from home because my mom and dad quarreled constantly. Later, however, I was able to move and live in my grandfather’s house instead. Going through that difficult situation pushed me to study well and get high scores in the finals, so I could study aviation and electronics engineering.

My future goals and aspirations

Becoming a professional specializing in automation, industrial engineering and production technology. I am deeply interested in the manufacturing sector, where I can apply my knowledge and skills to create the best systematic technological innovations.

How I plan to give back and help others

Sharing my knowledge to those eager to learn production engineering and management. After studying at the Vietnamese-German University, I will encourage talented professionals around me to apply for the Hinrich Foundation’s GTL program, which enables people and contributes to making the world a better place.

Personal statement

It is an honor being a scholar of the GTL program sponsored by the Lai Yih Group in collaboration with the Hinrich Foundation.

To study engineering at an internationally accredited university with a full scholarship is a dream come true. A couple of years ago, I never thought it would have been possible – and now it’s happening!

Looking ahead, I will not stop learning and trying to reach my potential. There’s still a long way to go, but I’ve always believed that this achievement is a milestone and not yet the destination.

Story about Tun Tun Oo

I was born in Sahmaw, a small village in Kachin State, which is in the northern part of Myanmar.

In 2010, I passed the exam that would enable me to enter a top university in Myanmar. Fortunately, I was accepted in the Myanmar Aerospace Engineering University, where I was actively involved in various activities. I was one of the organizers of the Avionics Project Show in 2015, as well as the general secretary of the university’s magazine committee, which released the university’s first annual magazine.

While at Meiktila, a city in Burma, I learned how to speak English under the guidance of Venerable U Dama Thara within two years. Five years later, I finally graduated with a degree in engineering and a major in avionics.

In 2016, I was a part-time customer service agent the MPT Call Center during evenings while learning English at the Campion English Institute during mornings. In August, I worked as an installation engineer at Barons & Fujikura EPC Co. Ltd, where I learned about the implementation and installation of fiber metro networks, as well as the preparation of documents to acquire ISO certifications.

Today, I am on my way to creating another chapter. This time as a GTL scholar, which I know is just the beginning of a crazy adventure.