Student Portrait

My name is Ei Ei, and I am from Yangon, Myanmar. Currently, I am pursuing a master’s degree in Business Administration at the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Myanmar education system is based on the rote learning method at all levels. Subsequently, proper educational counseling is not available. Outstanding students with good grades from high school enroll in supposedly prestigious universities without any interest in the specific programs.

I was also one of them. Because I got good grades on my matriculation exam, I was eligible to attend the University of Technology. After a year at the university, I was not satisfied with the teaching and learning methods. In my second year, I began to realize that technology wasn’t meant to be my profession.

Unfortunately, it was too late to transfer to another university or have another specialization, as the educational policies do not allow us to do so. It was indeed a bitter truth. For this reason, I began to learn English while still studying at the university.

Before completing my engineering program, I joined an International law firm as a business and economic research assistant to explore the differences between student and working life. It turned out to be a highly effective learning environment. That is when I began to consider “business consultant” as a potential career.

While working as a business researcher, I faced difficulties due to my lack of business knowledge and experience. I studied business via online learning, reading, watching YouTube videos, and using other educational platforms. I led a business research team and gave suggestions to clients based on research findings and my self-taught business knowledge. I assisted social enterprises with their business development and public relations plans.

 About Ei Ei

  • Age: 27
  • Ethnicity: Burmese
  • Country: Myanmar

 School & Program

  • Asian Institute of Technology
  • Master’s, Business Administration
  • 1st Year in Program

Goals & Dreams

  • Become a successful business consultant
  • Launch a social enterprise

 Loan Details

  • Loan Amount: $3,050
  • Amount Left To Fund: $2,050
  • Contract Duration: 11 years
  • Status: Prefunded by Vanderes
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While working as a business researcher, I realized that only systematic and formal training can help me discover the answers to business issues. Even though work experiences taught me how to think critically, I still had conceptual gaps in the business field. Hence, I decided not to postpone further study since it will be essential for my future career.

Currently, I am studying Business Administration at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). I strongly believe that this program will help me achieve one of my dreams, which is to serve the development of our country. Stumbling blocks hindering economic development of Myanmar include a lack of scholars in economics, poor economic systems, and a lack of enforcement of public policy designed to develop the business sector.

In Myanmar, I have worked with small social enterprises to improve domestic businesses and the lives of people in the country. In the future, I would like to establish social enterprises and create job opportunities for people at a grassroots level. Creating job opportunities and facilities for them would be a small step towards serving the country.

However, this is merely a vision, and a vision without action is just a dream. I need technological skills to reach my destination, which is to launch a social enterprise. In order to do so, business and entrepreneurship skills are essential. I strongly believe that my current program of study will help me achieve my goal.

In addition to my scholastic achievements as an undergraduate, I was actively involved in extracurricular activities such as debate club and public speaking tournaments and led my team to victory every year. This helped me develop leadership skills and learn the benefits of teamwork.

In summary, the combination of my work experience, self-study, and current program of study will deepen my understanding of business concepts and develop practical tools and skills. Nowadays, many new investors are coming to Myanmar to build a better country—and in order to do that, understanding and participating in the global economy is essential.

It is important that we leave the isolationist policies of the former military regime behind and build a better and more efficient Myanmar. Because of its unique teaching methodology and learning environment, I believe that the program at AIT will help me achieve my goals. It will definitely contribute to my career advancement and development of my country as a whole.

Written by Ei Ei with editing assistance from Zomia’s volunteer editors.

Ei Ei

Ei Ei

“It is important that we leave the isolationist policies of the former military regime behind and build a better and more efficient Myanmar.”

Q&A With Ei Ei

Survey Fun

What is your favorite memory?
Getting my first salary in US dollars
How would your friends describe you?
Perseverant, energetic, ambitious and stubborn
What is the one thing that isn’t taught in school but should be?
Art
What is/was your favorite subject in school?
English
What skill or ability do you most wish you had (but lack today)?
Playing violin
If you could do anything you wanted now, what would it be?
Establish a small social enterprise
Where would you most like to travel?
Vancouver, Canada
What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
Fried beef
What’s your dream job?
Pilot

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