Delegation from Myanmar visits South Essex College

SOUTH Essex College welcomed a delegation of senior banking and business executives from Myanmar on Friday to enhance the partnership between the College and the Asian nation.

The Myanmar delegation also took the opportunity to gain a better understanding of how a UK college operates and engages with local industry to provide high quality Further and Higher Education qualifications to train the advanced technicians needed by the industry.

The delegation enjoyed a tour of the College’s new £45million campus in Grays town centre to see the state of the art training and education facilities available for students.

South Essex College formed a partnership with Victoria University College in Myanmar in 2013, after the country was identified as rapidly-developing country which would need trained technicians to support its expanding economy.

Since 2013, a senior lecturer from South Essex College has made three visits to Victoria University College to provide initial curriculum training, in the form of lecturing, learning and assessment methodologies, for the lecturing staff at Victoria University College.

Further training of Victoria University College staff has been provided at South Essex College in Southend, where two senior staff members are currently training.

Foundation Programmes from South Essex College designed to prepare Myanmar students for progression onto Pearson HNDs currently being delivered and assessed at Victoria University College, will be delivered initially.

Principal of South Essex College, Angela O’Donoghue, said she was delighted to welcome the delegation to the College.

She said: “The event was a great opportunity to demonstrate to the delegation the state of the art facilities we have to provide high quality education and training to our students. The equipment at the College is industry standard, meaning students are prepared for the real world environment which is a real attraction to businesses.

“The visit helped develop the special partnership we have with Victoria University College for the future.”

The delegation was impressed with the state of the art equipment and learning environment they saw during the tour.

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