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Published on Thursday, 15 November 2012 22:53
Adhipati Road to Convocation Hall in University of Yangon (Photo-EMG)
Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is seeking assistance to upgrade Myanmar’s oldest and most reputable university, the Yangon Arts and Science University.
Suu Kyi filed the proposal to form a supervisory committee before the Lower House on November 9. Majority of the Parliament voted in favour of the proposal.
The supervisory committee, the body tasked to oversee its implementation, will be composed of personnel from the Education Ministry, members of Parliament committees, and others like academics, intellectuals, and experts.
“The Yangon University had a good name. It could nurture outstanding persons in the field of education and politics….Renowned universities usually produce nation leaders. The Yangon University did the same. But it is now quite different as in the past. I believe now is the time for change,” Suu Kyi wrote in the proposal.
She said the proposal aims to seek financial assistance from the international community and organisations that would like to play a role in reforming the country’s education sector.
But Deputy Education Minister Dr Ba Shwe said the ministry will be able to implement the plan only after the University Law has been finalised.
“Academic independence is of great importance for the promotion of the education standard. To improve higher education, there must be a university where students can freely pursue education,” she said.