Burma/Myanmar | University of Oxford
Ancient pagodas in Myanmar
The ancient pagodas covered by dust storm in Bagan, Myanmar.
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As Burma continues its ongoing transition to democracy, Oxford is continuing its programme of assistance to the country.

Nick RawlinsProfessor Rawlins signing an MOU with Yangon University.

Despite a change of government following 2015’s elections, Burma/Myanmar continues to be plagued by persistent ethnic strife as well as generally low standards of development.

Aiming to address these issues, Oxford has offered vital assistance in the development of higher education, as well as support in important areas related to the development of the country’s civic life, economy and environmental practices.

The University continues its programme of assistance with the goal of aiding in the development of a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable future for all Burma’s citizens.

The challenge

After decades of decline, Burma’s universities struggle to provide stimulating education and to instil the knowledge the country needs to flourish. Burma needs to modernise its political system, laws and economy, and begin the process of societal change. This tectonic shift must start with better education. Universities can be a driver of national change, but only if empowered to provide teaching and research that meets the nation’s needs.

Please note:  The University of Oxford has no position on the correct name for the country referred to variously as ‘Burma’ and ‘Myanmar’ or for the city known as ‘Yangon’ and ‘Rangoon’. The choice of one name over another—or where both names are used, the order in which they appear—should not be taken as a statement of policy. In line with the University's commitment to work impartially with all actors, usage will reflect the nature and context of individual situations.