Myanmar youth urged to pursue study opportunities abroad


YANGON — Young university students have been urged to consider higher education opportunities outside of Myanmar and bring their expertise back to the country at a networking event in the commercial capital.

Around 80 current students and graduates attended Live Chat with Scholars on Saturday, an inaugural event at Pansuriya in downtown Yangon aimed at facilitating university opportunities abroad for Myanmar’s young and mid-career professionals.

Organised by Wynee, a non-profit job training and advice forum, speakers gave advice on how to apply and prepare for student exchange and study abroad programs elsewhere in the region and the world.

“From my point of view, study abroad is not only education but understanding culture and social standards elsewhere,” said Jessica Ma Thiri Aung, who founded Wynee in January and is an economics graduate from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. “After studying abroad, mindsets change completely.”

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“This is the only way we can go forward for the development of Myanmar,” she added.

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