A coordination meeting on renovating Yangon University (Main Campus) and upgrading the university was held at the meeting hall of the Convocation Building of the university yesterday with an attendance by State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
Speaking at the meeting, the State Counsellor has called for strengthening the strong points and to correct the weak points of the university regarding the promoting and upgrading as Yangon University should be a model for higher education sector of the country and the main university in Myanmar as well.
The work on renovating the Yangon University and upgrading the university launched in 2013.
At the meeting, Union Minister for Education Dr. Myo Thein Gyi reported measures being taken for renovating and upgrading the university and priorities to be taken before the centenary celebration of the university in 2020.
Afterwards, Prof. Dr. Maung Maung Wint, Chairman of the Software Committee on renovation and upgrading of the Yangon University reported on the Master Plan, formation of committees for implementing the Master Plan, meetings with local and foreign experts, meetings experts from the Central European University in Hungary, main sectors in the Master Plan 2018-2030 and priorities set to be completed by the university’s centenary celebration in 2020.
Dr. Phoe Kaung, Rector of the Yangon University, reported on arrangements for the 2018 Academic Year.
Next, Dr. U Nyi Hla Nge, Chairman of the Hardware Committee on renovating and upgrading the Yangon University, reported on the number of students and faculty members expected in 2020-2030 at the university, steps for implementing the Yangon University Master Plan (Draft) and committee’s review over the Hardware Master Plan.
In her conclusion remarks, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has urged the university’s authorities to promote the law and water studies at the university.
She also stressed the importance of encouraging students to have the culture of doing research at schools, saying that they should not wait till arrive the universities as it is found that students are more interested in doing team research.
The State Counsellor also called for giving priorities to water studies in doing research as Myanmar is rich in water resources and the water study is relevant to current time of climate change.
If the water studies becomes the special subject in research field, international students are expected to come to Myanmar to do research the subject, she added.
Capacity building of faculty members is also underlined in the State Counsellor’s remarks.
She also highlighted the importance of teaching methods and English language as the skills are required not only for economy but also for
The State Counsellor stressed the need to have the relations with foreign universities not only for education but also for social bonds with them.
She urged some students to understand the nature of the Centre of Excellence and urged the authorities to lay down plans for narrowing the gap between the number of female and male students at the higher education level.
The Union Government is willing to see the improvement of the higher education sector and the Yangon University, but it also want to promote the vocational education sector.
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi pledged that the government would support the improvement the Yangon University’s library.
Also present at the meeting were Yangon Region Chief Minister U Pyo Min Thein, Yangon Mayor U Maung Maung Soe, the rector, pro-rector and members of the committee on renovating and upgrading of the Yangon University.