ALL ABOUT TOTAL EDUCATION IN MYANMAR
Total has been active in Myanmar for 25 years, and now has a community of 270 employees. We run a socio-economic development program in this country, reaching 40,000 people living in 33 villages close to the pipeline between Myanmar and Thailand; find out more about this initiative here.
As part of our engagement with education here, Total E&P Myanmar have recently developed a new partnership between the University of Lorraine in France and Yangon Technological University (YTU). This partnership aims to train elite engineers in the field of energy resources, and also enable YTU education and research staff to develop their own knowledge in the areas of energy production and transition, and also environmental protection.
As a part of this program, two professors from YTU (from the departments of Petroleum Engineering and Chemical Engineering) spent a month at the University of Lorraine at the end of 2017. These professors took the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the key issues for renewable energy, before returning to Myanmar to share what they have learnt with their students and colleagues. Learning about French teaching and learning styles was another goal of this exchange experience, including how to use software tools like MatLab in the classroom to help teach students about topics like heat transfer.
Looking back on their time in France, the professors said that they have learnt the importance of improving their students’ basic science knowledge, and said that French professors were equally skilled in teaching and research, whilst also being experts in their specific fields. Strong industry-academic relationships were also noted for their positive benefits, with one professor noting that he now plans to invite more industry specialists to their department for external lectures, and to participate in internal committees too.
The visit wasn’t just educationally enriching, as the professors had the opportunity to explore beautiful Nancy and even see snow for the first time! They proclaimed the city to be ‘more gorgeous and splendid than we had imagined’ – and a great location for this intercultural exchange.