The UGR recently offered a course on the internationalization of higher education through international mobility programmes at the University of Mandalay (Myanamar) from 12 to 16 March 2018.
This initiative was developed within the framework of the actions undertaken by the Working Group for Development Cooperation of the Coimbra Group (www.coimbra-group.eu), of which the University of Granada is a founding member. The project was co-financed by the European Union’s Erasmus+ Programme.
The course was delivered in collaboration with the University of Bologna (Italy) and Vilnius University (Lithuania) and was primarily aimed at strengthening and enhancing governance and management systems at the University of Mandalay. It placed special emphasis on the development of new degrees and the overall internationalization of the University.
Through this initiative, the UGR and the Coimbra Group have demonstrated their commitment to supporting the development and modernisation of higher education systems outside the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). Burmese universities are currently immersed in a profound process of reforming their university management mechanisms; an initiative endorsed by the government of this Southeast Asian country.
The University of Granada has been collaborating for a number of years with diverse universities from Myanmar through different European programmes, obtaining excellent results. Currently, there are two collaborative Erasmus+ Key Action 1 (mobility) agreements in place with Dagon University and the University of Mandalay. These agreements will facilitate the mobility of academic and administrative staff from the UGR to these universities and vice versa.
Moreover, the UGR is currently taking part in the “CHINLONE–Connecting Higher Education Institutions for a New Leadership on National Education” (2017-2020) project within the Erasmus+ Key Action 2 framework. This project aims to delve deeper into the activities initiated as part of the course delivered at the University of Mandalay and, with the help of the Burmese Ministry of Education, to extend these activities to all universities in Myanmar. In particular, the participating Burmese universities will create strategic plans adapted to their specific needs and will also design and set up international relations offices. Likewise, they will develop new training programmes in the fields of tourism, agricultural sciences and heritage, implementing appropriate support and quality assurance systems.
International Relations Office