Myanmar has made reform of higher education a priority, and the challenging work of strengthening faculty credentials, transforming curricula, and making international connections is now underway. Through a variety of programs, described below, the United Board is providing support to Myanmar colleges, universities, and seminaries that are interested in introducing elements of whole person education into their institutions.
- Three international conferences have focused on specific interests of Myanmar educators, including Teaching, Research, and Community Service (2014); Autonomy, Accountability, and the New Education Law (2015); and Improving Teaching and Learning in Myanmar Universities (2016). These programs brought together a combined total of more than 550 administrators from more than 50 institutions.
- Service-learning is opening a channel for faculty and students at Dagon University to connect with nearby communities in need. The United Board facilitated a service-learning training workshop for university faculty, enabled two faculty members to observe service-learning practices at Central Philippine University, and supported pilot service-learning activities for students in sport science, English, and anthropology courses.
- Visiting lecturers from Central Philippine University, Silliman University, and the University of St. Louis taught courses at 2 universities and 3 seminaries in Myanmar.
- The United Board has worked closely with the Myanmar Institute of Theology (MIT) since 2000, when MIT established its Liberal Arts Program. A recent United Board grant to MIT supports the development of elective courses in journalism. Students responded enthusiastically to the first two classes, and MIT is now taking steps to offer a major in journalism. Faculty from Ateneo de Manila University and Hong Kong Baptist University shared their expertise in journalism education with MIT.
- Representatives of six Myanmar seminaries, interested in exploring new directions in higher education, visited six institutions in India with strong liberal arts programs in April 2016.
- Old friendships were renewed and new relationships developed over the course of the Myanmar Theological Education Network (M-TEN) Retreat, held in Spring 2015. This program brought together more than 30 Myanmar alumni of Hong Kong seminaries, who shared ideas on – and wrote grant proposals for –new approaches to pedagogy, curriculum development, and teacher training.
Download a one-page summary of recent United Board-supported projects in Myanmar.
An Educator and a Global Citizen: Herbert S. Corpuz, University of St. Louis
Service-Learning in Myanmar: Aye Aye Tun, Dagon University
Education, A Life-changing Experience: Albert Hung
A Teacher and a Student: Lathaw Doi Ra, Kachin Theological College and Seminary