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Hinrich Foundation Scholar Zin Htar Oo Vietnamese German University

Zin Htar Oo




Vietnamese-German University
Binh Duong, Vietnam
MSc in Global Production Engineering & Management, Class of 2020
Co-sponsor: Myanmar Pou Chen Co., Ltd.


Assistant Manager & Senior Technician
Myanmar Pou Chen, Myanmar
“As trade can enhance the industrialization of the countries, I have always been passionate to step into the manufacturing sector to help my country through trade.”

Alumni background

Zin Htar Oo is the Assistant Manager and Senior Technician for Myanmar Pou Chen, which is a part of the Pou Chen Group. It is a global leading manufacturer of branded athletic and casual footwear for major international companies such as Nike, Adidas and Asics.

Awarded with the Pou Chen-Hinrich Global Trade Leader Scholarship, Zin earned her Master of Science in Global Production Engineering and Management at Vietnamese-German University in 2020.

Personal statement

The greatest moment of my life was when I received the Hinrich Foundation scholarship to attend Vietnamese-German University (VGU) for a Master of Science in the GPEM program.

While studying at VGU, every experience and challenge helped me to become stronger, allowing me to reach new levels of achievement. Looking back, studying forced me to face challenges and realize how to overcome them. Working on projects with international students taught me how to communicate in a multicultural environment and exposed me to new perspectives.  I found that college was not only the best place to grow academically, but holistically as well.

During my internship at the chemical company Myanmar Pou Chen Company Limited, I saw the importance of communication skills in a professional setting firsthand.  In fact, this experience inspired me to build on skills gained in college and take courses such as cross culture communication via the Hinrich Foundation. At work, I may have the title of supervisor or manager, but the only thing I truly care about is being a good leader – and communication is the key to effective leadership.

After the program, I look forward to deepening my understanding of the work, learning adaptability and problem-solving, and broadening my professional skills. Through this growth I hope to find answers to the big questions of my life and gain a greater understanding of the world.