The visit to South Essex College took place on February 20.
The Myanmar delegation also took the opportunity to gain better understanding of how a UK college operates and engages with local industry to provide high quality further and higher education qualifications to train the advanced technicians needed by the industry.
The Myanmar delegation included U Sett Aung, deputy governor of the Myanmar Central Bank and the chairman of the Thilawa Special Economic Zone, Professor Aung Tun Thet, economic advisor to the President and Myanmar Investment Commission member, U Aung Naing Oo, secretary of the MIC and director-general of the Myanmar Directorate of Investment and Company Administration, and Daw Khine Khine Nwe, joint secretary general of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
According to the press release, the Victoria University College of Yangon, Myanmar and South Essex College of Southend, UK have enjoyed a mutually beneficial working relationship since they began working together in the autumn of 2013.
The partnership began with South Essex College providing initial teacher training for Myanmar tutors on Level 2 and Level 3 courses for the Business programme of the Victoria University College of Yangon. The input on assignment writing and the teaching resources provided during the training proved especially useful to the Myanmar tutors and feedback from the tutors indicates that students have benefited also.
By late 2014, the partnership had moved on to include training for tutors delivering on the UK Higher National Certificate (HNC) and Higher National Diploma (HND) programmes, with an emphasis on modern teaching methods and student-centred methodologies.
Initial feedback from the tutors who participated in this training has been positive and encouraging with some tutors communicating directly with South Essex College to request further materials.
In January 2015, two of the Level 5 tutors from Myanmar’s Engineering Department visited South Essex College for a three week intensive training programme which involved shadowing tutors in classroom situations, interacting with UK students and discussing teaching practice with their UK colleagues. When the lecturers return to Victoria University College, this training will directly benefit students in Myanmar.
The progress of the co-operation so far demonstrates every indication of a continuing and fruitful relationship between the two institutions – with possibilities in the future of student exchange trips from both countries adding to the value and enrichment of their respective students’ educational experience.