Ni Maung Zar

Ni Maung Zar


Chulalongkorn University

MA in International Development

Class of 2014

Current scholar

Read my story here

My first thought when I learned I was awarded this scholarship

My first thought when I learned I was awarded this scholarship:My dream will come true to do further study to extend my knowledge about Development Studies.

Why I’m interested in trade

In a globalization world, no country can stay alone. Trade and investment are important factors for the development of a country in terms of creating employment opportunities, fair competition for better market and increasing tax revenue for the country.

What this scholarship opportunity means to me

Not only a big change for the improvement of my personal life but also a good fortune for my country by creating human resource development

The international experiences I’m most looking forward to

Improve my academic and career life

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

Photos of my parents and my family members because they are the most important persons in my life who help and sacrifice a lot for me. I am happy and can imagine my home and family life by just looking at their photos.

My favorite hobbies and other interests

Swimming, hiking and trekking, reading

My proudest achievement so far in life

I can change the track of my career life to be an academic in Development field

The largest obstacle I’ve overcome so far in life

Trying to settle in Yangon where there are no relatives and family members.

My future goals and aspirations

To be expert in the field of “Development Studies”

How I plan to give back and help others

Participating in development projects and activities in my country; sharing my knowledge and experiences to younger generation.

Personal statement

I have tried to balance academic, career and volunteer jobs throughout my life with strong motivation, ambition, perseverance and adaptability. Moreover, I will devote myself to my career especially research for Development field especially trade, rural development and human security. In addition, I will pass my spare time effectively by doing volunteer jobs in humanitarian activities, trying for the improvement of younger generation by sharing my knowledge.

Story about Ni Maung Zar

I do believe that youths are the future leaders and the ones who can change the world. Unfortunately, most of the youths in our country including me cannot find ways for the improvement of our lives as well as our country because of half decade of military regime which destroyed the education in our country.

In 2010, there was a democratic transition in our country which provided a good change for everything. As Nelson Mandela said “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” So, even though I finished my graduate study, I could not stop pursuing further study to help my country as much as I can in a democratic reform. I had tried to do further study abroad.

Fortunately, I was awarded “Hinrich Foundation Scholarship” to study “Master of Arts in International Development Studies (MAIDS)” at Chulalongkorn University, the prestigious one in Thailand. I want to study “International Development Studies” because it will help me to fulfill my ambition to do the work at developmental-related-job in the democratic transition of our country.

The course design at Chulalongkorn university fulfill my thirst of knowledge about international developmental theories and issues. Moreover, I can learn a lot from my classmates from both Europe and Asia. In addition, international field trip to Vietnam, as a part of the course, helped me a lot to widen my practical knowledge of developmental process of a developing country.I do believe that the theories, knowledge and network I get from this program will help me throughout my life.

Without the support of Hinrich Foundation scholarship, my dream will never come true. The financial support of Hinrich Foundation to me is more than enough. Moreover, Alex Boome (program director), Mai Nguyen and Tina have provided psychological support of warm care to me.

Let me stop by using Nelson Mandela words

“A good head and a good heart are a always formidable combination. But, when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.”I know that I have a good head and heart. Hinrich Foundation adds a literate tongue or pen to me by providing scholarship to join MAIDS program. Last, not the least, I will remember it whenever I use a literate tongue or pen in my future life.