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Published on Sep 26, 2014

Burma's education system which was the best in south east asia ,at one time, has been almost completely destroyed under military dictatorship during 50 years.

I do would like to pay Credit for the following source videos :

Aung San Suu Kyi : Honorary Degree Acceptance Speech at the University of Oxford
http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/aung-san-suu...

Aung San Suu Kyi at Queens College
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_f5FSB...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLjSFD...

A Public Address by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi | Institute of Politics 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QnBE5...

Aung San Suu Kyi on UK role in Burmese higher education reforms 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJ44Qk...

Education First initiative at United Nations
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upHW5y...

President Obama Speaks at the University of Yangon 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD3d-I...

Educational reform in Burma

Published on Mar 21, 2014

Burma is currently undergoing a complete overhaul of its education system which the UK is supporting through the British Council, the British Embassy and British business. This video gives an insight into how that process is unfolding on the ground and the opportunities it presents for collaboration, cooperation and commercial success.

Empowering higher education in Myanmar. Meeting with
Aung San Suu Kyi

Students continue to play a key role in Burma’s journey towards democracy. /EPA/Vinai Dithajohn

Education is a priority for Myanmar, and higher education is the main issue of the debate on the future. The British Council Myanmar, in collaboration with AusAID (Australian Government Overseas Aid Program), ADB (Asian Development Bank) and UNESCO (the Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization of the United Nations), organized the event Empowering Higher Education in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, 29th-30th  June 2013.

The aim of the High-Level Policy Dialogue was developing a shared vision on higher education in Myanmar and fostering international coordination among the actors involved. The Deputy Union Minister of Education, Myo Myint, the Parliament Higher Education Law Committee headed by Aung San Suu Kyi, representatives from 13 Departments, academic staff, representatives from various Civil Society Organizations, ambassadors and partners had the opportunity to discuss on means and possibilities to enhance a better quality of higher education in the country.

Myo Myint highlighted that the government is committed to the development of higher education and, compared to 2012, the budget for education has increased by 107%. The government considers the investment made for education as the most profitable for society, giving priority to higher education and promoting an inclusive and fair approach.

Aung San Suu Kyi stressed the need for full autonomy and inclusion of the education sector in order to contribute to the new future that Myanmar is building, In particular, she highlighted the following issues:

  • Empowering – Strengthening students’ knowledge and skills.
  • Inclusiveness – Inclusive participation of all ethnic groups, with particular attention to minorities, to give them the opportunity of learning the Burmese culture and history and preserving their cultural identity.
  • Equality – Ensuring education for all students without any cultural, religious, ethnic (sometimes geographical) discrimination by facilitating access to universities through the introduction of new criteria for admission.
  • Team work- Highlighting the importance of study groups to encourage cooperation among students.
  • Communication – Fostering communication among the actors engaged in the education sector in order  to meet students’ needs.
  • Campus life – Importance of living on campus, which would be not only a good place to study but also a social environment for the exchange of ideas through the creation of a solid network.
  • Freedom – Ensuring that students can have the possibility of choosing their faculty, creating groups and movements in order to participate actively in political life.
  • Autonomy – Each university should be independent and decentralized in order to have its own internal governance.

The meeting was attended by distinguished experts at national and international levels.AVSI staff in Myanmar participated in the event and had the possibility to discuss with Aung San Suu Kyi about AVSI’s activities in the country focused on the education sector such as support to children’s education until the completion of upper secondary school, improvement of the quality of educational services, support to pupils’ families and training for teachers and social workers.

AVSI started its activities in Myanmar (Burma) in 2006, following the massive tsunami that hit the country. Since 2007, AVSI, through the Distance Support Program and in collaboration with local partners, has been implementing educational activities for 500 children and adolescents, and supporting the Pediatric Heath Centering the Diocese of Pekhon.

Since the beginning of 2008, AVSI has been implementing agricultural and food security projects in collaboration with the Food Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP), the Myanmar Agricultural Services (MAS) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation,  in 85 villages of the so called “Dry zone”, one of the most critical areas of the country, and in the municipality of Pekhon.

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List of universities in Burma

Higher education in Myanmar has experienced a large expansion since 1988, although ranks as one of the lowest globally for universities. Due to the student protests in the8888 uprising, the Myanmar government closed down universities for two years. Additional student protests in 1996 and 1998 caused universities to be closed for another 3 years.[1]

The Ministry of Education administers all higher education in Myanmar. The Ministry of Education implements short and long term education development plans to improve the quality, access, and diversity of higher education. The government envisions higher education as an avenue for empowering people to make educated decisions and capitalize on economic opportunities within Myanmar, and therefore, foresees investment in education as a fruitful investment for the people of Myanmar.[2]

Instant e-libraries for Myanmar universities

Myanmar is emerging from decades of political isolation

Universities in Myanmar have been given e-libraries with hundreds of thousands of digital books and academic journals to help them catch up after decades of isolation under military rule.

The University of Yangon and University of Mandalay have switched on these instant library collections, which represent another sign of how the country - also known as Burma - is opening up to outside influences.

Students and staff can search databases and download books and articles onto computers in the library. The next aim is to give students access in their own rooms and using their own laptops.

After years of being cut off from the academic mainstream, the online libraries are reconnecting Myanmar's universities with current and uncensored scholarship.

It can take decades or even centuries to build a university library collection. But this library for the 21st Century is available as quickly as the new fibre-optic connections will allow.

In Myanmar, it means leaping forward to a collection of 130,000 digital texts.

Students return

Oleksandr Shtokvych, of the Open Society Foundations, which supported the project, says it would not have been practical or affordable to wait for a traditional library of printed volumes. There was an immediate need for up-to-date materials.

"The libraries were depositories of ancient materials, more like museum exhibits," he says.

Mouldering books in the library were still stuck with the ideas of 50 or 60 years ago, he says, making it difficult for academics to maintain international standards. They were also constrained by having to comply with a controlling state.

It was symptomatic of a decaying university system.

What made the need for improvement even more urgent was the return of the first undergraduates to the University of Yangon campus for over two decades.

Dr Kyaw Naing, University of Yangon pro-rector, sees the e-libraries as a way of raising standards

Universities had been seen as centres of resistance to military rule and heavily restricted. Yangon's university had been one of the most prestigious in South East Asia, but had been caught in a cycle of protests, repression and shutdowns.

'Destroyed'

Opposition politician Aung San Suu Kyi had warned that the country's "university system has almost been destroyed by half a century of military rule".

"Campus life ceased to exist several decades ago," she said.

But as part of Myanmar's reforms in recent years, universities have been given greater freedoms, and young students have now returned to rejuvenate neglected campuses.

This wave of young recruits, the first undergraduates here after missing a generation, were selected as the "brightest and best" from their year group and have arrived with high expectations.

Susanna Lob, of Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL), a non-profit organisation that worked with the universities in creating the e-libraries, says: "Online resources were the obvious way to go."

As well as giving instant access to such a wide range of resources, a digital library allows unlimited numbers of students to use the same book or journal at the same time.

The new students are hungry to learn and speak good English, she says, and the e-library will give them the range of materials they would expect from a modern university. As well as books, there are magazines, newspaper collections and research archives.

Global connections

EIFL negotiated with publishers to reduce the cost of the online library, with the titles provided worth $1.5m (£900,000).

Prof Kyaw Naing, pro-rector of the University of Yangon, says the e-library marks an important step forward.

He describes the frustration of previously being unable to access international academic journals and says that it will help to raise the quality of learning.

Oleksandr Shtokvych wants the libraries to help to encourage critical thinking and open debate

Higher education is a globalised, networked world and being excluded from it undermines academic credibility.

"We can't go back, we want to go forward," says Prof Naing.

Chief librarian, Daw Hlaing Hlaing Gyi, says how delighted she is to see the library "busier than ever".

There have been other international library links. More than 5,000 law reports, statutes and textbooks have been donated by Oxford University's Bodleian Law Library to help the law department at Yangon.

Oxford is also providing training in university administration.

Partnerships of US universities and businesses, including Johns Hopkins University, the University of Washington and Microsoft, have plans to bring teaching and training to Myanmar.

It's also seen as an emerging market. In February, 30 US universities were in Yangon, the official name for Rangoon, trying to recruit students.

The University of Manchester, in another project funded by the Open Society Foundations, is providing online learning materials for a network of universities in Myanmar.

The Open Society Foundations was set up by the investor George Soros - and most of its work has been in supporting the transition of former Communist countries to democracy.

And alongside the process of opening up Myanmar's universities to the rest of the academic world, there is also a political dimension.

The online library will open up a channel of information to young people, providing them with competing ideas and arguments from outside their once tightly controlled borders.

Once this idea of open debate and information has been released, it becomes much harder to return to censorship.

"We want to develop critical thinking," says Mr Shtokvych.

"Once the genie is out of the bottle, you cannot chase it back."

Aung San Suu Kyi speaks about University Education in Burma

Published on May 17, 2013

Burma's education system which was the best in south east asia ,at one time, has been almost completely destroyed under military dictatorship during 50 years.

I do would like to pay Credit for the following source videos :

Aung San Suu Kyi : Honorary Degree Acceptance Speech at the University of Oxford
http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/aung-san-suu...

Aung San Suu Kyi at Queens College
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_f5FSB...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLjSFD...

A Public Address by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi | Institute of Politics 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QnBE5...

Aung San Suu Kyi on UK role in Burmese higher education reforms 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJ44Qk...

Education First initiative at United Nations
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upHW5y...

President Obama Speaks at the University of Yangon 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD3d-I...

 

ALISON: Transforming Global Online Learning

Published on Oct 28, 2013

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Myanmar 2013 - Taking Myanmar to Work

Published on Jun 17, 2013

http://www.weforum.org/

Taking Myanmar to Work

As Myanmar opens up to new business and investment, what steps are needed to
match the demand for skilled workers and foster innovation?

Dimensions to be addressed:
- Engaging with interactive technology and online education
- Promoting multiple tracks of success through vocational courses - Creating strong incentives for on-the-job training

• Hiroto Arakawa, Vice-President, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan; Global Agenda Council on Poverty & Sustainable Development
• Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Chairman of the National League for Democracy (NLD); Member of Parliament from Kawhmu Constituency, Myanmar
• Annie Koh, Vice-President, Business Development and External Relations; Associate Professor of Finance, Singapore Management University, Singapore
• Subramanian Ramadorai, Vice-Chairman, Tata Consultancy Services, India; Co- Chair of the World Economic Forum on East Asia
• Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala II, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ayala Corporation, Philippines

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• Aiko Doden, Senior Commentator, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation),
Japan

ADB, Japan Help Myanmar Upgrade Youth Skills to Lift Economy

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Japan are to help Myanmar upgrade and modernize technical and vocational training programs to meet the country’s pressing need for skilled young workers.

“Overhauling technical and vocational training to make them more relevant, modern and accessible is critical for developing the foundational skills needed to support Myanmar’s economic transformation and help cut poverty,” said Christopher Spohr, Senior Education Economist based in Myanmar.

A $2 million Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction grant, administered by ADB, will be used to develop and pilot three month-long competency-based courses in skills such as construction, welding, and use and repair of rural machinery. The target is to train at least 1,000 young people, and steps will be taken to ensure that places are reserved for women and young adults from poor and disadvantaged families.

The grant builds on early findings from Myanmar’s forthcoming costed education sector plan, which is helping pinpoint gaps and “quick win” opportunities in the country’s education sector.

Myanmar’s workforce lacks well-trained workers to immediately step into positions opening up as a result of recent reforms. Existing technical training is focused on long-term programs in urban niche skills, such as operating computers, with less than 2% of 16-19 year olds engaged in skills training courses. In rural areas the situation is even worse, with less than 0.5%of rural males and females enrolled in technical or vocational training programs.

As well as setting up short courses, the technical assistance project will help relevant government agencies gain the necessary capacity to develop and oversee youth skills training programs. The course outcomes will also be assessed to provide a potential model for replication in future.

Along with the grant support from Japan, the Government of Myanmar will provide counterpart assistance equivalent to $500,000 for a total project cost of $2.5 million.

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