GCU helps shape the future of education in Myanmar

13 May 2013

Representatives from the Burma delegation with Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies

Representatives from the Burma delegation with Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies

A delegation from Myanmar, formerly Burma, has visited GCU to learn how Higher Education in the UK can help shape the future of the country’s universities.

The delegation – including members of parliament, ministry officials and university representatives – are drawn from two parliamentary committees formed to draft new legislation on Burmese Higher Education and revitalise the University of Yangon (Rangoon).

Chaired by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the committees were formed in response to the Burmese government’s Comprehensive Education Sector Review. The review, led by its Ministry of Education and supported by the British Council and the Department for International Development, is reviewing and assessing all Burmese legislation and policy on education and will culminate in a costed plan for investment.

Committee members are studying university policy, governance and management and are also visiting Edinburgh and London universities and universities across India, Thailand and Australia.

Universities in Myanmar, like many of the country’s institutions, have faced a series of challenges in the past 25 years, including periods of complete shut down and lack of investment, leading to a fall in standards in teaching, research and infrastructure.