Tola Ean

Tola Ean


Vietnamese-German University

MSc in Global Production Engineering and Management

Class of 2017

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:I was really proud of myself because I was one of the first Cambodian students to get scholarship to study at Vietnamese German University in Vietnam. Especially, I got valuable experiences and knowledge in the interview round from candidates and interviewers. This scholarship was the first step to improve my knowledge and experiences to reach my goal.

Why I’m interested in trade

My mother was a toy car street vendor and a farmer planting rice for living. She sold rice to traders at $0.25/kg and then they sold to others at $ 0.45/kg. So, I thought that if I do business with rice by buying and stocking rice for dry season, and then exporting to others, it would be a profitable business. That’s why I am so interested in trading. Trade is central to creating jobs and helping people gain higher income and better living standard.

What this scholarship opportunity means to me

Thanks to this scholarship, I get higher education at a reputable university abroad to improve my knowledge and experiences to reach my goal.  Especially, I can develop a long-term career path with adidas supplier after graduation.

The international experiences I’m most looking forward to

I would love to know about a different culture, standard German education system, and valuable ideas and experiences from international students and professors.

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

I have taken pictures of my family and my best friends, Cambodia landscape and Khmer food to remind of my happy moments and reduce my homesick, especially to share my country culture to other students.

My favorite hobbies and other interests

I enjoy playing football on weekend to maintain healthy. On weekdays, I read books and go out with my friends for coffee to have fun and keep in touch with them.

My proudest achievement so far in life

The largest obstacle I’ve overcome was my education life. First, I thought that my studying might stop at high school level because when I graduated from high school, my family did not have money to support my higher education. However, I tried to find scholarships and took examination many times. Fortunately, I got a Bachelor scholarship in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.  After that, I had to challenge with other candidates to win scholarship to study abroad. Luckily, I got it now.

My future goals and aspirations

I wish to be a businessman and establish a foundation to support children from poor families to go to school.

How I plan to give back and help others

I plan to use my knowledge and skills to contribute to the development of my company, accordingly to the job creation and economic growth of my country in the long-run.

Personal statement:

  • “Paper crumpled, throw very far.” Ean Tola
  • “LIFE is the most difficult EXAM.” Ean Tola
  • “Nothing is impossible.” – Unknown.

Story about Tola Ean

I am Ean Tola. I was born in 1990 in Takeo province, Cambodia. I’m the forth oldest child among 5 siblings. My parents were toy car street vendors, but my father passed away when I was 10. Now my mom also stops working as she is getting older.

When I was a child I dreamed to be a doctor to save people’s lives. However, I gave up this dream after high school graduation because of my family’s finance and no scholarship for doctor education. At that time, I felt hopeless and did not know what I should do next in my life. Fortunately, I found a financial support for a Mechanical Engineering degree in university. After 4 years studying at university with many life & study challenges, I finally finished the bachelor program. And then I moved out to work as Mechanical Engineer at Cambrew LTD, Cambodia around 10 months.

One day, I found the scholarship flyer of GPEM 2015 co-sponsored by adidas suppliers and Hinrich Foundation on my Facebook timeline. Then I knew more about VGU, the program and the sponsors in the scholarship information session in Cambodia. I realized that this is a great chance for me to access to an advanced engineering education abroad and have a good career development upon graduation. Therefore, I challenged myself to apply for this scholarship.

For this scholarship, I had to have good academic performance and pass the technical exam from VGU to join two interview rounds in Vietnam which required confidence, communication and teamwork skills. I was glad because I gained valuable experience and knowledge from other candidates as well as the friendship among us. Fortunately, I won this scholarship and really proud of myself to win the scholarship because this was the result of my determination and efforts. Then I told my mother that I got chosen for the scholarship, she was very happy and thanked me that I didn’t disappoint her. On the other hand, she was a little bit worried about some foreseen difficulties of my life abroad when we discussed about the scholarship. However, she gave a full support and encouragement for my decision as it’s obviously good for my future.

In the future, I want to be successful and rich, so that I can establish a foundation to support children from poor families to go to school, as what my sponsors are helping me now.