March 15, 2018
On 15th March 2018, the Record of Discussion (R/D) of the "Project for Quality Improvement in TVET Program" was successfully concluded in Nay Pyi Taw between Dr. Aye Myint, Director General of the Department of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET), Ministry of Education (MoE) and Mr. Masayuki KARASAWA, Chief Representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Myanmar Office.
The project aims at establishing a model TVET institute at the location of the former Aung San GTHS, where new diploma courses of Automobile Maintenance and Electrical will be offered. The project will dispatch experts from Japan to support MoE to develop new curriculums, textbooks, training of teachers and management staff, and provision of necessary equipment and tools. It is a 5-year project, and the first intake of the students is expected to start in December 2019.
The Government of Myanmar recognizes TVET is a backbone of the socio-economic development of the country. However both access and quality of the current TVET programs require significant improvement; less than 1 per cent of youth between 18 and 27 years old in Myanmar receive some forms of vocational training, and the existing TVET programs are sometimes outdated, and not meeting the current labour market needs. The project is expected to provide new learning opportunities for Myanmar youth, which are updated with advanced skills and technology from Japan, at the same time appropriately adapted for the level of industrial development in the current situations in Myanmar.
JICA is a long standing partner in the Education Sector in Myanmar, and their support to MoE has been widely covering from Primary Education with the primary curriculum reforms to the Higher Education with enhancement of engineering education at Yangon Technological University (YTU) and Mandalay Technological University (MTU). This year JICA will expand their assistance to the TVET sector, and this project is the first major project to be undertaken.
Through the implementation of this project, it is expected to lay solid foundations for further improvement of the TVET sector in Myanmar. In future, graduates under this project will contribute their knowledge and advanced skills to enhancement of the Automobile Maintenance and Electrical Industries, which will sustain the human resource development in Myanmar.