A COORDINATION meeting on higher education works of the Ministry of Education was held at the Ministry of Education in Nay Pyi Taw on 23 November.
The meeting was attended by Union Ministers U Ohn Win, U Thein Swe and Dr. Myo Thein Gyi, Union Auditor General U Maw Than, deputy ministers from ministries, directors general, rectors, officials from the National Education Policy Commission, Rectors Committee Chairman, officials and invited guests.
In his opening address, Union Minister Dr. Myo Thein Gyi said the meeting is meant to coordinate the teaching, management, financial matters and status of work conducted in universities, degree colleges and colleges.
According to the National Education Law (2014) and Law Amending the National Education Law (2015), Higher Education is the highest level of basic education, or an equivalent education from schools recognized by the National Education Policy Commission.
Section 27 also said the National Education Policy Commission can form an independent commission with appropriate persons to coordinate matters relating to higher education. As per this, a third committee of the Rectors Committee was formed on 6 April to support and coordinate the development of the schools without affecting the free self-administration of the universities, degree colleges and colleges.
The University Council was also formed according to the universities’ charters with rectors, pro rectors, equivalent level persons, heads of master departments, heads of departments, management officials, representatives elected by teachers and students, respected persons and experts.
In schools where higher education is carried out, a system of teaching, learning, managing and administering freely is to be practiced. Research and development subjects are to be prioritized and the management of the university is the duty and responsibility of the University Council. As per Section 64 of National Education Law, universities, degree colleges and colleges can establish and seek out their own funds, said the Union Minister.
During academic year 2017-2018, there were 978,935 students attending 176 universities, degree colleges and colleges, and there were 120,581 graduates. Students, teachers, rectors, professors, parents, former students, regional authorities, work organisations, Hluttaw representatives, ministries and the Government is striving towards reforming and raising the education level to be on par with international levels. Starting with 12 universities, the forming of University Councils and university organizations according to the universities charters are to be encouraged so that the system is transformed into a self-administered system.
It is believed that through establishing a Research Network in cooperation with relevant ministries and conducting managing and auditing courses, there will be rapid development resulting in achieving an international level of education, said the Union Minister.
Also, Rectors Committee Chairman Dr. Zaw Wei Soe and Vice Chairman Dr. Sint Soe explained about the organisation, duties and responsibilities of the committee, after which the Union Ministers and officials provided suggestions.—MNA