Tun Tun Oo
HINRICH SCHOLARSHIPVietnamese-German University
Binh Duong, Vietnam
MSc in Global Production Engineering & Management, Class of 2020
Co-sponsor: Tsang Yih
CURRENT EMPLOYMENTIndustrial Engineer
Tsang Yih, Yangon, Myanmar
“I am committed to support sustainable global trade through efficient manufacturing as I believe that sustainability is the future.”
Tun Tun Oo is growing his professional experience as an Industrial Engineer in Myanmar with Tsang Yih, an export manufacturing company that produces footwear for adidas.
Tun Tun earned his Master of Science in Global Production Engineering and Management at the Vietnamese-German University in 2020 through the Hinrich-Tsang Yih Global Trade Leader Scholarship.
I was born in a rural area in northern Myanmar. Sahmaw village is a two-hour ride from Myitkyina, the capital city of Kachin State. As a child, I would go to the library in town, which had the third greatest number of books in Kachin State. This library was the one and only place where I had access to seemingly limitless information. I was so proud of having the library in my village – this was the beginning of my inspiration to become an educated person and bring knowledge back to my community.
In 2010, I joined Myanmar Aerospace Engineering University to study aviation and electronics. Student life at MAEU was a wonderful; I was an organizer of the Avionics Project Show 2015. In my final year, I became involved in MAEU Magazine Committee and took the Secretary General role to issue the very first annual magazine at my university.
In 2016, I graduated a bachelor’s degree in avionics while learning English at Campion Institute. After graduation I worked as a fibre optics installation engineer for Barons & Fujikura EPC, where I learned to give project presentations to Kachin State’s cabinet, liaise with local officials, and gained technical skills such as optical time-domain reflectometer testing and material usage calculation.
After working almost two years in the field, I realized I must acquire management skills in order to move forward. I decided to apply for a Hinrich Foundation and Lai Yih Group (an adidas supplier) scholarship because of the opportunity to study in the GPEM program, and because I was drawn to the lifelong commitment of: Aspire, Learn, Grow and Lead.
In 2018, I received the scholarship. Studying at Vietnamese-German University was a turning point of my life – I now believe I can make a positive impact on my country through trade by sharing what I have learned at VGU.