Myanmar to offer country’s first telecoms degree course

The Myanmar Times has news that the Myanma Computer Group (MCC) is planning to open the country’s first telecommunications bachelor degree course in cooperation with the Thailand-based Asian Institute of Technology.

Key excerpts from the article include.

The course… will be conducted on a two-plus-two structure, meaning students need to study the first two years locally and then continue the next two years of their studies at AIT headquarters in Bangkok.

U Tin Win Aung, the chairman of MCC group, said the course would have two intakes a year. Applications for the first intake, in September, will open in March.

The course will be conducted at MCC’s training institute in Yadanabon, located in Pyin Oo Lwin township in Mandalay Division, with teaching staff from MCC supported by AIT visiting professors.

Between 25 to 30 students will be accepted per intake.

The course includes different subjects ranging from telecom organisations and standards to transmission media and systems to internet technology, plus internship programs, which will allow students to work in partner organisations. When the course is finished, the students will be offered a bachelors in science engineering specialised in telecommunications by AIT.

The announcement follows the country’s first barcamp, Barcamp Yangon, an event for technology and IT professionals and enthusiasts which attracted more than 2,700 visitors, read more about it at Global Voices here.

Southeast Asia’s global tech profile is growing rapidly and both the AIT/MCC announcement and Barcamp are proof that, despite its political difficulties, there is much potential for the industry in Myanmar.