Prof. Katherine Punteney: Helping Universities in Myanmar Connect with the World
As Myanmar makes the challenging transition from authoritarian rule to a democratic political system, and from a largely closed economy to a more open one, universities and educational institutions are reaching out to try to establish international partnerships. Working with the Institute of International Education, Professor Katherine Punteney, chair of the International Education Management program at MIIS, has partnered with three other colleagues to develop the curriculum for a training course called “Connecting with the World: International Relations for Higher Education Institutions.”
Katherine traveled to Myanmar in November for the launch of the course, to be delivered to 60 university and government officials. She was responsible for teaching a technology lesson and helping the students through their first course on campus internationalization. “For many professional educators in Myanmar, the everyday use of e-mail and the Internet for communications is still a relatively new phenomenon,” says Katherine, noting that here in the United States we have come to take e-mail, videoconferencing and other business-related technologies for granted.
“It has been a tremendous learning experience for me,” she shares of the experience, adding that she has learned much more about the higher education system in Myanmar and connected with colleagues. She was delighted to see the level of interest in international engagement among the participants and their enthusiasm for the course. Katherine is looking forward to continue the course and sharing her experience with her students here in Monterey.