ASU to aid in rebuilding higher education in Myanmar

Arizona State University is participating in a strategic initiative to develop partnerships with universities in Myanmar.

As part of the Institute of International Education’s 2012 Myanmar initiative of the International Academic Partnership Program, the university will assist in rebuilding higher education in the country.

ASU was selected by the Institute of International Education’s Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education based on a successful application that outlined a strong ability to develop linkages with institutions in Myanmar and an interest in providing capacity-building services in areas such as research and faculty instruction.

Participating U.S. universities will assist with the revitalization of local institutions of higher education and help Myanmar counterparts upgrade their current pedagogical approaches and update their curriculum as part of a broader domestic government effort to stimulate more rapid and sustained economic growth.

“ASU’s participation in this important initiative comes at an extremely critical moment in Myanmar’s political and economic evolution and opening up to the world,” said Denis Simon, vice provost for International Strategic Initiatives at ASU. “Interestingly, President Obama is currently embarking on a formal presidential visit to Myanmar.”

The initiative will include a delegation of U.S. university faculty and top administrators who will travel to Myanmar in February 2013. The delegation will hold public workshops at universities in Yangon and Mandalay on topics such as accreditation, quality assurance, faculty development, student learning, internationalization and academic partnering among other topics.

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