Myanmar’s first Diploma Programme in Telecommunications launched

The new Diploma Programme in Telecommunications between the University of Oulu and Yangon Technical University (YTU) was launched on 22 March 2018.

The programme aims to promote the construction of a society of equal opportunities in Myanmar as well as entrepreneurship and sustainable development there, by means of the education in Telecommunications. YTU is the leading technical university in Myanmar with 12 engineering degree programs.

From the point of view of the University of Oulu, the project opens the possibility of expanding the teaching and research know-how of telecommunications technology by harnessing it for international use.

Builders of the information society are needed

Myanmar's communications infrastructure is building at a rapid pace and local operators have a great demand for skilled workers. The challenge for getting a trained workforce is that, for example, YTU does not currently offer higher education in telecommunications technology.

With the funding acquired for the programme, local teachers are trained and curricula is built to meet the high demands of the information society. Over the next two years, the YTU will be launching further training in telecommunications technology for teachers in the field of working life, and bachelor and master programs for new students.

“The curriculum of the Diploma programme is finalized with both theoretical and industry relevant components. The programme will start in June 2018. The curriculum for Bachelor programme in Telecommunication is under development and it is expected to start in December 2018. In line with these activities, faculty members from YTU have worked in Oulu to update their knowledge in Telecom courses, teaching methods and information systems. We are discussing with vendors such as Nokia and operators about further cooperation and importantly about the development of a proper testbed laboratory at YTU to facilitate the training in radio and other network planning issues” Prof. Nandana Rajatheva from the University of Oulu says.

Prof. Dr. Hla Myo Tun, Head of Department of Electronic Engineering at YTU further highlights the essence and benefits of the Programme “I’m most grounded on the role of Telecommunication Engineering. Ultimately to me it’s about the human resources and the human potential and Telecommunication Engineering empowers humans to do great things. You have to be optimistic about what Telecommunication Engineering can do in the hands of humans. Telecommunication Education can facilitate everyone.”

Growth in development cooperation of higher education

The Finland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs is funding the TELECOM FOR YTU project for HEI ICI, a programme for development cooperation in higher education, which develops curricula, teaching methods, staffing skills and working life connections and research capacities in Africa and Asia's least-developed countries.

According to the National Board of Education coordinating the programme, the interest of Finnish higher education institutions in development co-operation is growing. In the latest call, 78 applications competed for the 12 million Euros funding offered by HEI ICI, of which 20 were approved. The budget for the cooperation project of the University of Oulu and YTU is over 630,000 euros.

Last updated: 22.3.2018