The UK-Myanmar Higher Education Partnership
As part of its historical mission to promote access to higher education and support the development of institutions and higher education capacity throughout the world, staff from the University of London International Programmes have recently been engaging with the HE sector in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to support their education reform processes.
At the end of October this ongoing engagement included a symposium, held in Yangon, to build on the extensive research and debate already undertaken involving the UK and Myanmar. A key focus was to consider practical measures and solutions where UK institutions can play a role in the development of the HE sector. The event, ‘The UK-Myanmar higher education partnership: turning policy into action’, was run by the University of London International Programmes in partnership with the British Council, the Leadership Foundation on Higher Education and the Quality Assurance Agency, and included representatives from other UK HE institutions.
>>A full report on the symposium can be downloaded here: The UK-Myanmar Partnership REPORT (28-29 October 13)
The programme also included experiences from other Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries including representation from HELP University in Malaysia, an affiliate teaching institution of the University of London International Programmes.
Among the presenters and panellists attending was Professor Sir Adrian Smith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of London. He said: “I am pleased that the UK is playing an important role in developing higher education in Myanmar, and that UK higher education agencies and institutions will have the opportunity to engage directly with senior Myanmar stakeholders, and to open up new partnerships that will help develop higher education in the country which is going through rapid political and social change.”
Studying in Myanmar
Alongside the event, Jon Gregson, Visiting Fellow of the Centre for Distance Education, met with International Programmes alumni residing in Myanmar in order to explore some of the challenges and issues involved in studying in a developing country, and their own experiences of studying at a distance in this context.
>>Read Jon’s article about Myanmar and studying in developing countries here: Opening up opportunities for students in Myanmar
The University of London International Programmes will continue to engage with the HE sector in Myanmar, mainly through its Global Networks and Communities (GNC) department. The Director of GNC, Tim Gore, said: “We hope that by building academic links between institutions in the UK, including our own International Programmes and Myanmar, the University of London can lend support to Myanmar’s aspirations to revitalise and empower their higher education system, to increase participation and to build strong international links within the higher education system. This in turn will help contribute to Myanmar’s socio-economic goals, and foster greater educational opportunities for its citizens”
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