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Myanmar to benefit from establishment of foreign branch technical institutions
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11:14, April 02, 2008

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The Institute of Technical Education (ITE) of Singapore will open a branch institution in Myanmar, aiming to nurture more Myanmar experts in the future, a local weekly reported in this week's issue.

The move of the ITE, an institution recognized by the Singapore Education Ministry as well as the international, is being assisted by a Myanmar domestic education company, the Voice said.

Such Singapore branch technical institution will resemble Myanmar's technical high school (THS), it said.

Myanmar student who wins ITE diploma certificate, can continue to join Singapore Polytechnic School and the National University of Singapore for further pursuit of bachelor degree with technical subject.

The ITE was established in 1992 and has branch institutions in Vietnam and China, according to the report.

Meanwhile, the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and a biggest Myanmar business organization have been negotiating since the last two years to open a center of the AIT in Myanmar, according to an earlier local report.

A memorandum of understanding on introducing a satellite campus of the AIT is being expected to be signed between the AIT and the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, said the United Network which is a representative of the AIT in Myanmar.

According to the sources, major subjects to be taught at the AIT Myanmar center will be those which will support the development of mechanical engineering, and currently feasible subjects are recommended as industrial engineering, project management and construction and infrastructure.

Scholarship donors will be sought from some oil companies, it said, adding that at present, aid is being obtained from governments of some donor countries such as Thailand, Japan, France, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands as well as the Asian Development Bank and the European Union.

The sources disclosed that a total of 400 Myanmar students have graduated from the AIT so far.

Located in Thailand, the AIT was established in 1959, standing as a top international institute in Asia. It has a center in Vietnam.

Besides, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), based in Los Banos, the Philippines, has also offered scholarships for qualified Myanmar graduates to help the country train more agricultural experts, according to the Ministry of Education.

The scholarships were for master and doctorate degrees for the 2007-08 academic year.

The number of such scholarships allocated to Myanmar had risen to at least five slots since 2006-07, it said, adding that winner shave the choice of studying at universities in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia or Thailand.

SEARCA was established in 1965 to enhance cooperation among countries in the region through educational, scientific and cultural activities.

Moreover, a Malaysia-based university, the Lim Kokwing University College of Creative Technology, also offered the first diploma course in Myanmar in 2006 which mainly covers information and communications technology (ICT) and business development and the course were conducted at some education centers in Yangon and Mandalay.

Furthermore, Thailand is also cooperating with Myanmar on higher education, offering scholarship for qualified Myanmar students to study in Thai universities as part of its move to help globalization educationally.

Observers here said through establishment of foreign branch technical institutions in Myanmar and offer of foreign education scholarships to Myanmar students as well as its own efforts in the aspects, the country's education level would be raised to a new high in a shorter period.


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