The first DIES NMT workshop in Myanmar
The workshop in Myanmar in the framework of DIES National Multiplication Trainings programme took place between February 26th and March 1st, 2018. University of Mandalay, one of the leading research universities in Myanmar was the host of this workshop. 30 participants from different HEIs of social sciences and humanities participated in this activity. The workshop, focusing on “Transforming Higher Education Scenarios in Myanmar: Pathways to Success for Leadership Skills” was highly valued by the Ministry of Education in Myanmar. Dr. Thein Win (Director General of Higher Education) and Dr. Khine Mye (Director General of Alternative Education) held the presentation on “National Education Strategic Plan”. In the following, together with the workshop’s participants, they discussed the success and challenges which HEIs in Myanmar were facing in the course of transformation of Myanmar’s higher education system. Prof. Dr. Peter Mayer (University of Applied Sciences in Osnabrück, Germany) and Prof. Dr. Ong Duu Sheng (Multimedia University, Malaysia) came together sharing their insights and experiences on higher education management. The workshop was well structured and deliberately planned. The commitment and hospitality of the training committee team under Prof. Dr. Aye Aye Tun and Prof. Dr. Thida Win were especially impressive, as well as the open and pleasant atmosphere. The participants cherished this opportunity. They shared the challenges they were encountering at work and were very engaged in the related discussions. During the transformation process of the higher education system in Myanmar, HEIs become more autonomous, which means that on one hand, they enjoy more freedom in decision-makings; on the other hand, they are exposed to various challenges, especially regarding their financial management, staff development, curriculum development and quality assurance. As a consequence of these developments, “trainings on leadership skills are becoming very important and necessary” confirmed the General Director of Alternative Education.