Myanmar University Rector Forced to Retire Over Dodgy Contract

Mandalay – The Ministry of Education says it will force the rector of Mandalay University to retire amid allegations over a food court construction on the campus. The rector failed to follow the President’s Office’s orders to be transparent in the tender process, the ministry said. Mandalay University Students Union protests led to a probe […]

Ministry to look into Mandalay University food court project

The Ministry of Education has sent a team to Mandalay University to investigate the allegations by students of irregularities in a project to build a food court on the campus that is nearly completed. The three-member team, which arrived in Mandalay on Saturday, is led by Deputy Minister U Win Maw Tun, who said they […]

Mandalay University Students Protest Lack of Education Funding

MANDALAY – For the first time under the current government, students from Mandalay’s Yadanabon University have opened a protest camp on the university’s campus calling on the government to increase the national education budget. The protest began on Monday, led by the Yadanabon University Student Union, and was joined by dozens of students from universities […]

Toddy Climbing Business Faces Fall

It takes a great deal of bravery to climb up one of the 50 metre toddy palm trees outside Mandalay. Aung Zaw, a “tapper” or “climber”, has done it for 15 years. Strong winds, shaky ladders, slippery rugs, almost nothing scares him. Today, however, he fears for his job as the toddy industry is in […]

Former university heads push for education reform

Following the dramatic election victory for the National League for Democracy, headed by Aung San Suu Kyi, with two former university rectors elected to parliament, the prospects of education reform are high, but it is still unclear where the priorities will lie. With the National League for Democracy, or NLD, headed by Aung San Suu […]