Student Portrait

My name is Yin. I was born in a coastal region of Rakhine State, Myanmar. I am the oldest daughter in my family and have one younger brother.

Because I spent my childhood in a rural area, I have a keen interest in the environment and sustainability. I have always been intrigued by how nature works—by the delicate balance that exists and how organisms have adapted and evolved so brilliantly to their surroundings.

I was raised in a poor family, but I received both emotional and physical support from my parents and relatives. From childhood, my family has always supported me in everything I want to do, including my education. After finishing high school, I passed the matriculation examination with four distinctions: Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and Myanmar.

In 2017, I graduated from the University of Medical Technology in Yangon, earning a Bachelor of Medical Technology in the field of Medical Laboratory Technology. I have over three years of experience working in a clinical laboratory setting.

In terms of my aspirations for achieving a sustainable future, I earned a post-graduate diploma in Development Studies at Yangon University of Economics. While carrying out my postgraduate studies, my interest in Environmental Economics grew as a result of lectures on the subject. It was at this point that I decided to specialize in an environmental field when I continued my studies.

I have a keen interest in issues involving ocean plastics, and I intend to help make our beautiful marine environment safer and cleaner. As a result, I decided to enroll in an international master’s program which will allow me to fulfill my dream of making our society’s future more sustainable.

 About Yin

  • Age: 28
  • Ethnicity: Rakhine
  • Country: Myanmar

 School & Program

  • Walailak University
  • PhD, Environmental Safety Technology & Health
  • 3rd Year in Program

Goals & Dreams

  • Become a conservationist
  • Educate students about coastal sustainability

 Loan Details

  • Loan Amount: $7,925
  • Amount Left To Fund: $5,325
  • Contract Duration: 13 years
  • Status: In School
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When I read that the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) had a master’s program in Marine Plastics Abatement, I was sure that the course would meet my interests. Advanced technologies and management practices introduced by the curriculum will be very useful to me.

Research focus areas of the program are highly attractive to me, and the health implications of nano- and micro-plastics fit well with my educational background and work experience. The research can support many of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-Being), SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), and SDG 14 (Life Below Water).

After finishing the program, I will become a young practitioner working to manage marine plastic litter, keeping our coastal and marine environment healthy and productive. I am very dedicated and am prepared to put time into this initiative, as I am used to demonstrating such commitment and implementing time management in everyday life. I am also capable of working well both in a team and on my own.

I am a very sociable person who finds pleasure not only in academic research, but also in learning about different cultures and languages. In turn, I would love to share my multi-faceted interests and experiences with people around the world, thus contributing to a livelier, more diverse environment.

I trust that my passion and enthusiasm will help me do well in life. I believe I am more than ready for the challenges that further academic study will bring. I have earned a Japanese Government Scholarship, which covers my tuition fees at AIT but need a loan to cover my living expenses and other costs. I am fortunate to have found an opportunity to balance both my interests and passion and look forward to getting started at AIT.

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



“After finishing the program, I will become a young practitioner working to manage marine plastic litter, keeping our coastal and marine environment healthy and productive. ”

Q&A With Yin

Survey Fun

What is your favorite memory?
Passing the high school examination with four distinctions
What is the one thing that isn’t taught in school but should be?
What is/was your favorite subject in school?
What skill or ability do you most wish you had (but lack today)?
If you could do anything you wanted now, what would it be?
I want to plant trees! 🌲🌳🌴🌿🍃
Where would you most like to travel?
What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
Rakhine mont di, a traditional rice vermicelli dish with fish, lemongrass, fish paste, garlic, and chili
What’s your dream job?

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