International Tertiary Education Partnerships: the experience of UNSW & YTU

UNSW started working with colleagues at Yangon Technological University (YTU) in 2013 after the campus reopened to teaching following an imposed closure, beginning in 1988, by the previous military government. Since then, the partnership has flourished.

UNSW has shared equipment, expertise and course material to help rebuild YTU's engineering degree programs and strong collaborations have been forged covering a variety of discipline areas including water and wastewater treatment, natural resource extraction and its impacts, renewable and remote area energy systems, and urban planning. UNSW and YTU have a joint passion to help mitigate these existing issues and better prepare for the future.

During this morning tea discussion we will hear from the Rector, Prof. Myint Thein, and the Head of the International Relations Office, A/Prof. Myo Myint Han as they reflect on the partnership to date, and consider the benefits and challenges of international partnerships between universities.

About the Speakers

Prof. Myint Thein

Rector, Yangon Technological University

Prof. Myint Thein was appointed Rector of YTU in 2016. He has also served in management roles in Mandalay Technological University, Myanmar and has an internationalised education having been awarded degrees in both Russia (M.E. Rocket Engines, Bauman Moscow State Technical University) and Japan (M.E. Aerospace Engineering, Nagoya University). He is a strong advocate for the role of international collaboration in pursuing Myanmar's development goals.

A/Prof. Myo Myint Han

Head of the International Relations Office, Yangon Technological University

Myo Myint Han has served in YTU's International Relations Office since 2016, and has been pivotal in building and maintaining YTU's partnership with UNSW, as we as other tertiary education institutions from around the world. Myo is also the National Coordinator of both the ASEAN University Network and Southeast Asia Engineering Education Development Network.