Planning HE growth for Myanmar

A special dialogue held at Senate House raised awareness of issues facing Myanmar's Higher Education sector
UK-Myanmar special dialogue
Ministerial delegates from Myanmar pictured with members of the British Council organising group
We want to change the situation to give our people pride in themselves, and to do that we need to strengthen our education system

Myanmar needs to strengthen its education system by producing young people capable of meeting the challenges facing the country, said Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

This was Daw Suu's message delivered by video link to delegates attending a special dialogue held at Senate House on Thursday 9 May.

She added: "We want to change the situation to give our people pride in themselves, and to do that we need to strengthen our education system."

The dialogue was organised to raise awareness of issues facing Myanmar's Higher Education sector, as well as highlighting opportunities for UK university partnerships.

Subjects under discussion included economic transformation, university leadership and autonomy, in addition to opportunities and challenges in revitalising Higher Education in Myanmar.

Professor Jonathan Kydd speaking at conferenceThe event was attended by expert speakers and panellists from Myanmar and the UK. Myanmar representatives included: Dr Myo Myint, Deputy Union Minister for Education; Dr Aung Kyaw Myat, Director General, Ministry of Science and Technology; Dr Maya Oo, Member of Parliament and Chair of the National Education Committee; and Dr Mya Oo, Member of Parliament and Chair of the National Health Committee.

Representatives from UK Higher Education included: Professor Geoffrey Crossick, Director of the AHRC Cultural Value Project; Dr Jo Beall, Director of Education and Society for the British Council; and Professor Jonathan Kydd, Dean, University of London International Programmes (pictured centre left).