IUJ-AAT Cooperative Office, Myanmar (IUJ Myanmar Office) Opens
April 17, 2020
The International University of Japan (IUJ) opened the IUJ-AAT Cooperative Office, Myanmar (IUJ Myanmar Office) on March 1, 2020. The IUJ Myanmar Office is IUJ's second overseas office after Vietnam. While conducting public relations activities for IUJ, through human resources development in collaboration with the Myanmar government, international cooperation agencies, educational institutions, and companies, the IUJ Myanmar Office will help drive the further globalization of Japanese society and strive to contribute to both Japan and Myanmar for the future.
In September 2014, IUJ's proposal, "IUJ Evolution - Establishing a New Global Standard from Asia -" was adopted for the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology - Japan's Top Global University Project. The IUJ Myanmar Office was established as part of that proposal.
To mark the establishment of the IUJ Myanmar Office, opening ceremonies were held in Yangon, Mandalay, and Naypyitaw, where many IUJ graduates are now working. The opening ceremonies were attended by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Ichiro Maruyama, Chairman of General Incorporated Association Japan Myanmar Association, Hideo Watanabe, The Nippon Foundation Executive Director Yuji Mori, Yangon University of Foreign Languages Rector Dr. Kyi Shwin, and many other dignitaries from the local government, Japanese and local companies, and educational institutions.
The following are extracts from some of the speeches and congratulatory messages from the guests.
Dr. Maung Aung Myoe, Dean and Professor, Graduate School of International Relations, IUJ
Thank you all for taking time out of your busy schedules to attend this IUJ-AAT Cooperative Office, Myanmar (IUJ Myanmar Office).
I would say it is a part of my proudest moment in my life since you know I have been working in IUJ for more than (10) years, past (10) years. And then, this is I think the moment I have been waiting for so long, for last decade.
And, I have also to tell you that we are a very proud partner of Japan-Myanmar Relations and Cooperation. For last ten years, IUJ has been actively involved in various capacity building for Myanmar people. And, I would say up to this academic year, we have altogether (224) Alumni in Myanmar and (45) Myanmar students are still studying on Campus, (6) of them are studying Ph.Ds and they are also Alumni.
At the same time, of course, we have been receiving the students from JICA sponsored programs, especially JDS, and so far up to this academic year, we have altogether (97) students: (58) graduated from International Management and (37) from the Graduate School of International Relations, which I am serving as the Dean.
Well, I think Myanmar has been witnessing important time; We are making a major transition. And, IUJ is very proud to be a part of this process. We are helping both private and public sectors in terms of Capacity Building. Particularly at this moment, I would like to thank to AAT. I think we will further enhance our cooperation between two countries, and also further engage in all kinds of Capacity Building of our Human Resources which is really important for our country for further development.
Thank you very much.
Ms. Aye Aye Thant, Director of IUJ-AAT Cooperative Office, Myanmar／Founder, Managing Director, AAT Business Centre
Thank you very much for giving me such the opportunity to be in front of you, on this stage. As for me, it is really a great honor to be together with you, all.
If there is a place which could not only transform a person, but also contribute to the human-resource development of her country, it is IUJ. I am the living proof of what IUJ could have done to the people.
I earned my MBA from the International University of Japan in 2009. Since after my return from Graduation, I have become a more capable person in contributing to the entrepreneurs and SMEs in the private sector of Myanmar. According to the context of Myanmar, SMEs play a major role in the economic development of our country as they are the 98% of job creators. Strategic Support to entrepreneurs and SMEs is one of the concerns of AAT to take part in the poverty reduction of Myanmar. On the other hand, technology is still the biggest challenge of local SMEs. In this case, as we all know that IUJ is resourceful and an expert in transferring technology know-how to the people.
Now, we are here in collaboration to serve you, all. We intend to provide the most effective business and H.R solutions not only to the local entrepreneurs and SMEs, but also to the Japanese Corporations in Myanmar. So, please take IUJ-AAT Cooperative Office as your resource centre. We are very much willing to provide you with the necessary human resources in terms of personalization, customization which will be our business model.
Moreover, we would like to act as a bridge between local business people and Japanese Business Society. We are trying to make your dreams come true to exploit the business opportunities, to do the business matching and to extend your further studies. We are trying to make your dreams come true to exploit the business opportunities, to do the business matching and to extend your further studies. If you believe that the largest global network of IUJ and (26) years Industry experience of AAT can help you in maximizing your business value, please join us. A valuable resource will be useless if it is overlooked (or) not properly used.
Thank you very much for joining us, today.
Mr. Ichiro MARUYAMA, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Thank you very much for inviting me to today's opening ceremony of the IUY Myanmar Office.
Currently, there are some 6,000 Burmese students studying at universities, professional training colleges, Japanese language schools, and other institutions in Japan. By studying in Japan, these students have opened up the pathways to fulfilling their own dreams. Each one of them is becoming a bridge between Japan and Myanmar and is forging long-term friendships between our two countries. To date, IUJ has accepted more than 200 students from Myanmar, contributing to this nation's development. It has sent brilliant graduates out into Myanmar's political and business establishments and built up valuable networks. I am hopeful that this new office will further promote exchange and cooperative relations between Myanmar and Japan.
The Embassy of Japan in Myanmar will also continue to place our utmost efforts into the educational sector to contribute to Myanmar's development, so if you ever need anything, please come and talk to us.
Mr. Hideo Watanabe, Chairman, General Incorporated Association Japan Myanmar Association
First, I am truly delighted that IUJ's long-hoped-for local office in Myanmar has finally opened.
Niigata Prefecture, where IUJ is located, is my home prefecture, which I have served Japan for 30 years as a politician and as a Member of the Japanese Diet. It has given me life as both a human being and as a politician. Lately, IUJ has felt somewhat like my own birthplace and the origin of my own feelings toward Myanmar. The fact that the attendees of today's opening ceremony include Ambassador Maruyama, JICA Director Mr. Karasawa, and Mr. Mori, Executive Director of the The Nippon Foundation, representing the Foundation's Chairman, Mr. Sasakawa, the person that I trust the most and who is working on the issue of Myanmar's minority ethnic groups on the Japanese government's behalf, is an extremely wonderful connection, and a blessed opportunity.
When President Thein Sein first came to power in Myanmar ten years ago and raised the banner of democracy, the first hope he expressed toward Japan was that we would assist him with the development of human resources. On his inauguration, he told me that he wanted to be able to offer Myanmar's young people higher education and to have them learn knowledge and skills, such as advanced industrial technology, international economic policy so they can think about the actual state of the global economy, and public administration studies so they can administer Myanmar's politics in a democratic manner. Ever since, whenever a Minister or military commander has visited Japan from Myanmar, I almost always arrange for them to meet Burmese students at IUJ. For the Burmese students, being able to come to Japan and study at IUJ and, moreover, to meet their own country's top leaders, in addition to representing the "interaction between Japan and the people of the world," is one of the greatest opportunities of their young lives. I believe that it will inspire in them a sense of mission and nationhood, and at the same time, nurture a global love and a love for humanity. This gives me the greatest happiness as a Japanese, as a politician hailing from Niigata Prefecture, and as a person involved in Myanmar as part of the Japan Myanmar Association. At the same time, I feel that it has wonderful significance. I would like to share that happiness with everyone here today.
Finally, while IUJ's Dr. Myoe occupies an extremely important position at the university as an educator, the very fact that Dr. Myoe is at IUJ is another wonderful plus for the young Burmese students. I sincerely hope that Dr. Myoe will continue to do great things at IUJ and that the many Burmese youth studying at IUJ in Urasa, in my home prefecture of Niigata, will use their wonderful achievements to work hard for the development of Myanmar. I also pray for the further growth and prosperity of the International University of Japan. In conclusion, I would like to say to Myanmar "Good luck!"
Mr. Yuji MORI, Executive Director, The Nippon Foundation
Thank you very much for inviting me to this opening ceremony for the IUJ-AAT Cooperative Office, Myanmar. I would like to say a few words of congratulations on behalf of the Nippon Foundation.
As Ambassador Maruyama and Chairman Watanabe mentioned, we at the Nippon Foundation are conducting a variety of projects in Myanmar involving human resources development and social initiatives. As part of that work, we asked IUJ's Dr. Myoe to put together a special twelve-month program for administrative officers in Myanmar's Ministry of Border Affairs. Today, more than 80 administrative officers participated in that training program every year. We had originally asked a university in Singapore to deliver the program, but the Ministry of Border Affairs expressed a wish to be taught about Japan's administrative methods and unique culture, so we have been cooperating with IUJ to run this program since 2017. It is three years this year since this training program started and the Ministry has asked for us to continue it for five more years, so we have asked IUJ to design and build the training program.
When I met Mr. Min Thu, Union Minister for the Office of the Union Government last year, I received a request for the Nippon Foundation to provide training for staff of the General Administration Departments (GADs) of the states and regions. We approached a number of Japanese universities, but none of them could deliver what we were seeking. When I consulted with Dr. Myoe, he said that IUJ would be happy to take this project on. Myanmar and Japan will conduct this training program for the next five years, accepting 100 trainees a year of division director, team leader and general staff grades.
Very admirably, Chairman Watanabe said earlier that Dr. Myoe's presence at IUJ is extremely special. The Nippon Foundation and I also feel the same way. We are extremely fortunate that Dr. Myoe is able to speak in Burmese to the bureau chiefs of the Office of the Union Government and to develop programs that accurately reflect their wishes. In that respect, I believe that, without IUJ, it would not be possible to elevate the abilities of Myanmar's administrators in that nation's democratization.
We have great expectations that, with the establishment of this joint office here in Myanmar, IUJ will truly make a great contribution to human resources development in Myanmar. I would like to conclude by extending my congratulations and my sincere wishes for the further growth and prosperity of IUJ.
Thank you very much.
(From left to right: Prof. Shinohara, director of SGU project as the MC / Mr. Karasawa, Chief Representative, JICA Myanmar office / Mr. Kyaw Hlaing (Class of 1992, GSIR) / a photo with IUJ alumni )
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(From left to right: Ribbon cutting ceremony / media interview / in fromt of IUJ Myanmar office / Signing ceremony)
(Left: IUJ Alumni Gathering / a photo with Japanese company's staff)
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