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Burmese universities to upgrade technology, computer curriculum


Rangoon (Mizzima) - Technology and computer universities in Rangoon and Mandalay regions will increase degree requirements by one year and provide more vocational training during the next academic year.

The University of Computer Studies in Rangoon Photo:  NudyGuy / wikipedia
The University of Computer Studies in Rangoon  Photo: NudyGuy / wikipedia
Minister for Science and Technology Aye Myint, in a technology meeting in Naypyitaw in early August, said the degree changes will start in academic year 2012-2013, according to state-run newspapers.
 
Currently, under the Ministry of Science and Technology, there are 33 technological universities and 25 computer universities in Burma.

However, because of budget limitations, vocational training can be provided only in universities in Rangoon and Mandalay, the minister said. In the past, computer universities ran four-year degree programs. The new computer degree program will total five academic years. The total academic years to get a degree in technology will be six years.
 
The minister said refresher courses would also be provided to teachers at the relevant universities.
 
For the 2012-2013 academic year, technological universities will admit about 250 students each. Computer universities will admit about 200 students each. Students must submit application forms to relevant universities no later than Sept. 12.
 
Thaung Su Nyein, the secretary of the Myanmar Computer Professionals Association, said that students will submit a work-related project in their final year, which could be provided by a computer-related business or be research based.

Yar Kyaw, 28, a computer graduate, said, “In our university days, we were taught only theory. In fact, it is important to require work-related skill training.”

Soe San, a graduate of Yangon Technological University, said under the new curriculum, students should have better job opportunities.
Last Updated ( Monday, 27 August 2012 16:57 )  

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