Myanmar unis climb in world rankings

Some Myanmar universities, including the University of Yangon and the University of Mandalay, have climbed in the World University Rankings 2019, Education Minister U Myo Thein Gyi said. “Some universities in Myanmar have risen in this year’s global ranking,” he told a press briefing in Nay Pyi Taw on Wednesday. “The University of Yangon was […]

Myanmar shouldn’t write off China without understanding her neighbour

An old Chinese proverb goes like this: “Three men make a tiger.” It means that if an unfounded premise is repeated many times, the premise will be accepted as the truth. Once this “tiger” is invented, it would be extremely difficult to dispel it from people’s minds, especially when we are living in a post-truth […]

American chamber gets ready for business

The American Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar no longer operates under the auspices of its Thai counterpart and has now scaled up its permanent team in Yangon. AmCham Myanmar, established in October 2013, has more than 170 members, which employ over 6,000 Myanmar nationals in total. It seeks to connect American business in Myanmar by […]

Yangon chief minister a rising star and ‘very sharp’ politician

In Myanmar’s personality-driven politics, few people get as much attention as its civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi or its powerful commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing. Yangon’s Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein is another person who has hardly stayed out of the public eye since the National League for Democracy (NLD) came to power last year. […]

New entrance exams system coming for universities

The Department of Higher Education will implement a new entrance exam system for universities, an official from the department has confirmed with The Myanmar Times. The new system will start at some universities in the 2018-19 academic year. U Aung Aung Min, deputy director general of the Department of Higher Education, said, “We will start […]

‘Prison Made Me Mature’: says Phyo Min Thein Yangon Chief Minister

Yangon dominates Myanmar. Whilst Naypyidaw, 320km to the north, has been the capital for the past 11 years, this vibrant port city with its traffic-clogged streets, fading colonial splendour and the serene beauty of the Shwedagon Pagoda continues to enthral the nation. As Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) mark […]

Aung San Suu Kyi inspires University of Oxford to help Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi was given an honorary doctorate in civil law by the University of Oxford in 1993. Yet it was only in 2012, after many years of house arrest in Myanmar, that she was able to come and receive the award in person. Her acceptance speech recalled “very precious memories” of her student […]

Slow revival for oldest university

Unruly, overgrown grass lines the fences. A stray dog is taking a nap on the main road that stretches across the length of the campus. Save for the rustling of leaves from trees along the pathway, all is quiet. Only a handful of students are making their way to class. Most of them are dressed […]