The University of Rangoon, what is today the University of Yangon, was established in 1920. In this presentation, Professor Nilar Aung will discuss the rise, decline, and current situation of the University, and the renewed hopes for its future.
At this moment, Myanmar’s development and the University of Yangon’s success will depend on generating the skills and knowledge needed in tomorrow’s growth industries, which include manufacturing, infrastructure, tourism, financial services, and telecommunications.
Today there is an acute shortage of workers with the skills and language abilities needed to drive growth in these industries; the country’s education system will need to turn out many more well-prepared graduates. After decades of isolation, it will be crucial to the University of Yangon’s development for its academics, and students, to be exposed to, build relationships with, and contribute to a network of international partners.
The University of Yangon will need a large increase in resources to upgrade and expand facilities, and develop staff to meet the country’s high expectations. Professor Nilar Aung will conclude the presentation by noting that to maintain effective collaborations with international Universities there are still many challenges for the staff and students of the University of Yangon.
About the speaker
Dr Nilar Aung is a Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Yangon. She received her Bachelor’s degree in 1986, followed by a Master’s in 1995.
The University of Yangon awarded her PhD in 2007 on the topic of vegetable supply in Yangon. Over the past 20 years she has worked at Universities in Kayin State, Ayeyarwady Region, Tanintharyi Region and Yangon Region.
Much of her research deals with issues at the rural-urban interface, especially supply chains, migration and labour. She is visiting Canberra under the Government Partnerships for Development program managed by the ANU Myanmar Research Centre.