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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, Manufacturing Excellence
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 in the Manufacturing Excellence Department of Pou Chen Myanmar, a division of the Pou Chen Group. Pou Chen is a global leader in the production of branded athletic and casual footwear for major international companies like Nike, Adidas and Asics. She is responsible for the development and implementation of process improvement initiatives and projects aimed at optimizing production efficiency and reducing waste.

Previously, Zin worked as a Technician in the Broadcasting Engineering Department at Shwe Than Lwin Media. Her responsibilities related to satellite broadcasting, live transmissions via satellite and overseeing the transmission of edited files using the Flyaway technique.

Zin was honored with the Pou Chen-Hinrich Global Trade Leader Scholarship, through which she earned her Master of Science in Global Production Engineering and Management at Vietnamese-German University in 2020. She also holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics from Taunggyi Technological University.

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.