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CHINLONE's Conferences and Trainings

Managing Academic Affairs from Theory into Practice: a Direct Experience from Myanmar Academic Leadership (Yangon 12th July 2019)

On July 12th 2019, The University of Yangon hosted CHINLONE Final WP2 Conference.

The event was opened to all Higher Education Institutions of the Country with the aim of presenting the results and the activities carried out by the CHINLONE Project.

The conference turned out to be a great success with the participation of representatives from more than 150 Myanmar Institutions. The event started with the opening remarks from Myo Kywe, Chairman of National Education Policy Commission (NEPC), Prof. Thein Win Director General of Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education and Prof.  Antonio Fiori, CHINLONE Project Coordinator.

Licia Proserpio (UNIBO Coordination Team), presented the activities done within the CHINLONE project to support Myanmar Universities in the management of academic affairs. Following this introduction, Prof. Omar Kyaw and Prof. Nilar Kyu from the University of Yangon exposed the management tools for curriculum development implemented in the framework of the Projects’ activities.

The second session of the conference was dedicated to the management of quality assurance. Aurora Del Rio from the University of Granada, gave an introduction on the actions carried out by the Project Consortium in this regards during the development of WP2. The topic was later addressed by the exposure of MM Institutions’ direct experience held by Prof. Nilar Myint Htoo and Prof. Soe Thu of Yangon University of Economics and Prof. Min Min Yee and Prof. Kyawt Kyawt Khine of Mandalay University.

During the second part of the morning, the topic of management of University Quality Assurance was exposed more in details by focusing on the Teaching Staff’s Quality assurance. Geir Gunnlaugsson and Ulrica Ouline (Uppsala University) introduced the discussion, followed by the presentation of Myanmar Partners held by of Prof. Nu Nu Yi, Prof. Mi Khin Saw Aung, Prof. Lei Lei Wai from Dagon University.

During the last part of the morning, the Conference focused on the topic of External Stakeholders’ Quality Assurance. Angela Ribeiro Cavazzuti (UNIBO) presented the activities implemented in the framework of CHINLONE Project and as in the previous sessions of the conference, the introduction was followed by the direct experience of Myanmar partners presented by Prof. Soe Win from Yezin Agricultural University.

For every session, CHINLONE European Partners introduced the topics in English, followed by the presentation of the MM Partner Universities in Myanmar language. This gave the opportunity to maximise the communication of the achieved results to the entire audience, allowing MM Partners to expose their direct experience in their own language.  

The afternoon was entirely dedicated to table discussions on the topics addressed by the conference with the involvement of all the participants, including MM Institutions external to the CHINLONE Consortium. 

The final remarks from Prof. Zaw Wai Soe, Chairman of the Rectors’ Committee closed the event.

If you are interested in the presentations and materials used during the conference, have a look at the box on the right!

Opening New Ways: Supporting Internationalization Strategies at Myanmar Universities (Brussels, 13 – 15 February 2019)

Opening New Ways: Supporting Internationalization Strategies at Myanmar Universities (Brussels, 13 – 15 February 2019)

 

After a first wrap up assembly held on 13 February 2019, CHINLONE’s Third Project Conference of the WP2 Management platform focused on the implementation strategies of Myanmar Universities international relations.

The first meeting day (14 February 2019) started with a presentation the CHINLONE Action Plan aimed at supporting and implementing Myanmar International Relation Strategies and Tools. In fact during this conference, the basis for CHINLONE internationalization activities have been settled, focusing primarily on the strategies. It was also explained that activities will be developed with concrete actions during the WP4 supporting the implementation of the internationalization strategy. Afterwards, the meeting’s attendees were presented the strategies of two important EU universities, University of Cologne represented by Mariana Arjona-Soberon and the Ghent University, represented by Jean Dhont.

After the lunch break, the attendees had the chance to better get to know the EU’s policy and actors in education and cooperation. Gianpaolo Suriano (Policy Officer of the Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sports, and Culture at the European Commission) explained how the Erasmus+ Programme has been working since the 2015’s re-organization and explained which changes the programme will include in the next European action for 2021 -2027. Mr Suriano’s speech was followed by a presentation held by Alejandro Montalbán (International Aid/Cooperation Officer at the East, South-East Asia and the Pacific Directorate General for International Development and Cooperation) focused on the European Commission’s future development perspectives in the cooperation sector with reference to Myanmar Higher Education.

On 15 February 2019, Fiona Hunter, Associate Director of the Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy) led a training session on the topic “Internationalisation of Higher Education - Which direction for Myanmar universities?”. Specifically, the training was divided into four phases, focused on the trends, definitions, and rationales in internationalization, on the building process of a roadmap for internationalization, and on how international partnerships are strategically thought. The final aim of the training was to support the Myanmar Universities in building up their own roadmap, defining their own vision and mission at the international relations level.

Useful materials about the presentations are available in the box on the right.

Towards Academic Autonomy: Tools for Curriculum Design and Quality Assurance

Towards Academic Autonomy: Tools for Curriculum Design and Quality Assurance
(Granada, 26 and 27 November 2018)

On 26 and 27 November 2018, the second conference of the CHINLONE Management Platform was held at the University of Granada (Spain) and covered the core topics of curriculum design and quality assurance.

Today’s main theme in the Myanmar Higher Education System is increasing the autonomy of Higher Education Institutions. To achieve this goal, it is crucial to problematise and rethink the organisation of university curricula also by taking into account the issue of quality assurance.

Against this backdrop, Granada’s conference started with a visit to the host University’s Quality Assurance Offices, where participants were explained how the QA System of the University of Granada works, what is their vision, their mission, and the challenges they face.

After this visit, , encompassing both Myanmar HEIs and EU partners, discussed the WP2.2 assignments, whose goal was to analyse degree programmes in the fields of Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Economics of Tourism, and Agricultural Sciences on the basis of a student-centred approach, also considering the goal of developing staff mobility agreements (WP3 – Educational Platform). In particular, the work groups were composed as follows:

  1. University of Yangon and University of Granada
  2. Yangon University of Economics and University of Granada
  3. Yezin Agricultural University and University of Bologna
  4. Mandalay University and University of Bologna
  5. Dagon University and Uppsala University

During the conference’s second day, the debate over QA practices was further enhanced by bringing into relief the most suitable monitoring tools for quality assurance. The discussion has been divided into three sub-sessions, one for each specific target group involved in and/or touched by QA practices: students, teaching staff members, and external stakeholders.

As far as students are concerned, Aurora Del Rio (University of Granada, Spain) provided examples of strategies for mapping and analysing students feedbacks and opinions thanks to surveys. These are an extremely useful tools to proactively evaluate both teaching units and teaching staff members in an anonymous way. CHINLONE partners will develop and pilot a survey tailor-made to the Myanmar context by summer 2019.

As regards teaching staff members, Geir Gunnlaugsson (Uppsala University, Sweden) emphasized how instructors can be supported in gaining a reflective approach to their own teaching practice as to the background factors and context that circumscribe higher education. CHINLONE partners will plan continuous education programmes specifically designed for instructors and for the Myanmar context by summer 2019.

With respect to stakeholder external to academia (e.g. employers, representatives of the “civil society” , alumni, and higher education institutions), Angela Ribeiro Cavazzuti (University of Bologna, Italy) explained how they can play a pivotal role in designing the structure of degree programmes, in proactively monitoring their success, and in defining the universities’ strategic planning. These aspects will be further explored in the next CHINLONE conference in Brussels.

Useful materials about the presentations are available in the box on the right.

CHINLONE Conference on ‘Reforming Higher Education: a Lesson from the Bologna Process’ (Nay Pyi Taw, 4 September 2018)

 

More than 90 Myanmar universities, the country's Minister of Education, the Director General of Myanmar’s Department of Higher Education, numerous HE experts from EU academic institutions, the Deputy Head of Cooperation from the EU delegation to Myanmar, and the Italian designated Ambassador! With such an exceptional audience and lecturers, the CHINLONE Conference on ‘Reforming Higher Education: a Lesson from the Bologna Process’ turned out to be a great success. After the opening remarks of the project’s Coordinator, Prof. Antonio Fiori, the meeting has been enriched by the contribution of Prof Joaquim Carvalho (University of Coimbra), who lectured on ‘The Bologna Process and the European Higher Education Area’. His presentation was followed by the intervention of Ms.Giovanna Filippini and Angela Ribeiro (University of Bologna), who addressed the participants regarding ‘The approach of the European Standards and guidelines for quality assurance’, before leaving the floor to Prof Loreta Skurvydaitė (Vilnius University) and her insightful remarks on ‘Curriculum development: the design of study program & degree course’. Subsequently, the focus of our discussion moved to the topic of ‘Policy for quality assurance and on-going monitoring of the degree programs’. In the afternoon, instead, the conference agenda revolved around a series of ad hoc Group Discussions, ranging from the issue of University strategic planning process and quality assurance mechanisms to the most relevant challenges in terms of design of study programs. After a very fruitful day of brainstorming, the conference was wrapped up by the considerations of HE Dr Myo Thein Gyi, Myanmar's Minister of Education, who addressed the audience on the ways through which the Chinlone experience can actually be significant for Myanmar’s Higher Education Sector.

The Conference was anrticipated and followed by the second Project meeting which took place on September 3rd,5th and 6th. (see meetings for more details)

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