Myanmar, also known as Burma, was long considered a pariah state while under the rule of an oppressive military junta from 1962 to 2011. A gradual liberalisation process has been under way since 2010 with new freedoms including communication and movement within and beyond the country borders. A major shift is expected with the government changing hands in 2016.
With a population of more than 50 million, Myanmar is one of the poorest nations in Southeast Asia, suffering from decades of stagnation, mismanagement and isolation. The lack of an educated workforce skilled in modern technology impacts impacts the economy and development of the country, however recent reforms by the new government, which include collaboration with foreign countries and organisations, provide opportunity for growth, development and the upskilling of human capital.
With the changes occurring in Myanmar, TGS is exploring opportunities for students to experience a country on the brink of massive development.
More to come…