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SHARE National Workshop on the impact of Qualifications Frameworks and Regional Quality Assurance Standards on Higher Education in Myanmar

From 4 to 6 September, SHARE successfully held the SHARE National Workshop on the impact of Qualifications Frameworks and Regional Quality Assurance Standards Higher Education in Myanmar. The workshop was organised in close partnership with the Ministry of Education of Myanmar. 129 participants from higher education institutions and QA agencies across Myanmar, ASEAN and the European Union exchanged their views on effective national and regional cooperation in higher education.

By bringing together leading figures from across the Burmese higher education landscape, as well as relevant societal stakeholders and high level government officials, the event offered a platform to address specific national challenges from multiple perspectives. This approach was reflected in the carefully designed programme, which included both hands-on training activities, as well as endearing panel debates and presentations on broad issues.

In his opening address, Prof. Dr. Maung Maung Wint, Chairman, National Accreditation and Quality Assurance Committee (NAQAC), Myanmar gave a comprehensive overview on current and future challenges in Myanmar’s higher education system regarding harmonisation efforts in the ASEAN region. The two following sessions focused on the interplay between national and regional HE systems. An engaged panel discussion addressed the ongoing shift towards outcome based education and its possible impacts on the Burmese society. On the following day, different concepts and perceptions of higher education were covered, including Transnational Education and the European approach to learning outcomes. The workshop ended with two engaging and prominently assembled panel discussions. On that basis, demands and possibilities for future capacity building targeting different stakeholder groups could be identified and planned.

The workshop was well received by HE practitioners and government officials alike. SHARE thanks its partners from the Ministry of Education in Myanmar for the excellent support. Their commitment to further strengthen national quality assurance instruments and to promote the regional frameworks is the basis for a trustful and long lasting cooperation.

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