Lead partner: The Open University (UK)

Partners: Yangon University (Myanmar), Yangon University of Distance Education (Myanmar), Yadanabon University (Myanmar), Irrawaddy Policy Exchange (UK), Oxford University (UK) and University of Manchester (UK).

Expected duration: four years

Transformation by Innovation in Distance Education (TIDE) aims to improve the quality of higher education in Myanmar at a critical time in the country’s development. After years of low investment in the higher education system, there is now an increasing demand for skilled graduates to meet new employment needs, particularly in relation to the environmental management of Myanmar’s natural resources to ensure sustainability over years of rapid development.

TIDE brings together universities in the UK and Myanmar to improve the quality of distance learning to result in more employable graduates. The partnership will innovate and strengthen the quality of the distance education system at institutional levels and in the design and delivery of learning, focusing on environmental science disciplines and making use of the rapidly emerging ICT infrastructure. These activitites will benefit more than 500,000 students across Myanmar who currently access higher education through distance learning (60 per cent of all students in Myanmar).

The partnership will also work to create links to the government of Myanmar and the Ministry of Education to connect TIDE to new higher education reforms.

TIDE will develop:

  • a competency framework and curriculum for Education for Environment and Sustainable Development, and related content produced in collaboration with employers and the private sector
  • teaching approaches, media production skills, and ICT and library support capacity for higher education courses, delivered through distance education
  • academic knowledge in Environmental Science subject areas
  • plans for the institutional framework for open and distance education.

In addition, the partnership will build both strategy and leadership for the future of higher education in Myanmar, acting as a catalyst for further improvement in the sector by providing a practical example of how quality and relevance can be improved.