The new Diploma Programme in Telecommunications between the University of Oulu and Yangon Technical University (YTU) was launched on 22 March 2018 in Yangon. At the very successful event, talks were given by
- Dr. Myint Thein, Rector of Yangon Technological University
- Mrs. Riikka Laatu, Ambassador of Finland in Myanmar
- Prof. Hla Myo Tun, Head of Electronic Engineering Dept
- Prof. Win Zaw, Head of Computer Engineering & IT Dept
- Prof. Nandana Rajatheva, Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu
- Mr. Nair Perishothaman, Head of Solution, Nokia, Myanmar
- Mr. Kai Tuorila, Business Finland
Event participants – more than 50 in total – represented several companies, universities, associations and media. The benefits and potential of Myanmar’s first Diploma Programme in Telecommunications raised plenty of enthusiasm among the participants. Also challenges and possible solutions were discussed in an open and lively manner greatly appreciated by the organisers. The news was published in several Myanmar media.
The successful realisation of the programme relies on fruitful cooperation with several key players in Myanmar including Myanmar Engineering Council, Nokia and mobile operators such as Ooredoo. In the event’s press release the importance of the Programme as a joint effort was highlighted as follows.
“The curriculum of the Diploma Programme is finalized with both theoretical and industry relevant components. The programme will start in June 2018. The curriculum for Bachelor programme in Telecommunication is under development and it is expected to start in December 2018. In line with these activities, faculty members from YTU have worked in Oulu to update their knowledge in Telecom courses, teaching methods and information systems. We are discussing with vendors such as Nokia and operators about further cooperation and importantly about the development of a proper testbed laboratory at YTU to facilitate the training in radio and other network planning issues” Prof. Nandana Rajatheva from the University of Oulu says.
Prof. Dr. Hla Myo Tun, Head of Department of Electronic Engineering at YTU further highlights the essence and benefits of the Programme “I’m most grounded on the role of Telecommunication Engineering. Ultimately to me it’s about the human resources and the human potential and Telecommunication Engineering empowers humans to do great things. You have to be optimistic about what Telecommunication Engineering can do in the hands of humans. Telecommunication Education can facilitate everyone.”
Prof. Dr. Zaw Min Aung from Myanmar Engineering Council confirms “There is an urgent need for producing well-qualified engineers in the field of telecommunications in Myanmar. In addition to larger cities, with wireless technologies we can support rural areas. The programme itself has very good elements such as training of the YTU trainers in Oulu and also support for outstanding students. The new programme will greatly benefit the country.”
Mr. Perishothaman Nair, Head of Solution at Nokia Networks in Myanmar highlights “Mobile communications have played a big role in people’s lives, and Nokia being a global technology leader takes corporate social responsibility close to our heart. Nokia is excited to be part of this noble effort embarked by University of Oulu and YTU, and we are committed to the betterment of Myanmar people. Also with the launch of such esteemed Diploma program, Nokia is certain that the human capital of the nation will see a quantum leap in coming years.”
The personnel of the University of Oulu and Yangon University of Technology running the programme are extremely pleased with the success and feedback received at the event and will continue to work intensively during the next two months for further improvements in practical arrangements and core activities including building of the test facilities, communication with stakeholders and marketing of the Diploma Programme. The objective is to recruit talented students and to provide highest quality training in well-equipped teaching and research premises.