YUE opens master’s degree course affiliated with Chiang Mai University

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An agreement on the establishment of a master’s degree programme in economics was signed between Chiang Mai University of Thailand and Yangon University of Economics (YUE) on Wednesday at the YUE campus here.
The official from Chiang Mai University said the aim of the programme is to provide world-recognized degrees to Myanmar students and forge closer relations between the both countries through sharing and exchanging advanced technology.
As part of the agreement, 40 students including eight civil servants will get the opportunity to attend the international course, which is scheduled to open at the YUE campus in early January next year.
Scholarships worth a total of 100,000 USD will be awarded to those students by Bangkok Bank Public Company Ltd, which got a green-light to operate banking services in Myanmar, with the contributor saying that the company is planning to open its branch in Yangon in mid-2015.
Khaing Nyein Tha, a participant student said: “I’m happy to get a chance to attend the first ever master’s programme in economics in the country and intend to work locally after the programme.”
In the past, Myanmar students had to go abroad to get a world-class qualification. But now they can easily get a master’s degree in the country.
During the one-and-a-half year programme, participating students will take intensive courses entirely in English. They are required to take 10 courses, six of them compulsory and the rest elective.
Director-General U Zaw Htay of the Department of Higher Education (Lower Myanmar) urged locals to improve their English language skills so as to get the most from the course as the country now has many business opportunities thanks to its economic reforms.
According to the MoU between the two sides, it has been agreed to conduct three master’s degree programmes, with the second one to open next December, Dr Thida Kyu of the Economics Department at YUE, said.

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