In a move that signifies the strengthening of educational ties between Myanmar and China, Myanmar has expressed a strong desire to collaborate with China in the field of technical education. This announcement was made during the 2023 China-Asean Education Cooperation Week, which commenced on Tuesday in Gui’an New Area, located in southwest China’s Guizhou Province.
Myanmar’s Education Minister, Nyunt Pe, revealed that the country already boasts 51 technical high schools across its 50 districts. Furthermore, there are plans to expand this number by opening additional technical high schools in 75 districts nationwide. These new schools are particularly in need of technical support, and this is where China’s expertise could play a pivotal role. “The opportunity for China-Myanmar educational cooperation is enormous,” Nyunt Pe stated.
The minister emphasized that this collaboration is not just about infrastructure and technical support. It also aims to facilitate study tours for Myanmar teachers to China and other Asean nations. The objective is to foster university partnerships, teacher and student exchanges, and academic events in the region.
Nyunt Pe also underscored the broader implications of this educational alliance. According to him, the cooperation between China and Myanmar will significantly contribute to scholarship programs, thereby enriching Myanmar’s education sector and benefiting the society at large.
This partnership comes at a crucial time when both nations are looking to bolster their educational systems and produce a workforce that is competent in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). With China’s proven track record in technical education, Myanmar stands to gain invaluable insights and resources that could revolutionize its educational landscape.