Parami University-Parami Institute of Undergraduate Studies (PIUS)
By Ni Thaw
Access to quality higher education has always been a massive challenge for disadvantaged youth in Myanmar. Parami is bringing internationally recognised and high quality university education to students from marginalised backgrounds who are unable to enrol in recognised degree programs either in Myanmar or abroad, via online university.
The Parami University provides students with liberal arts and science education. It currently offers two interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree programmes: Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) and Bachelor of Arts in Statistics and Data Science (SDS). All the degree programmess offered by the Parami University are licensed by the District of Columbia Higher Education Licensure Commission. In partnership with Bard College (USA), PIUS offers dual-degrees by Parami University and Bard College.
For the underserved youth in Myanmar, the Parami team works closely with the Child’s Dream team and adopts a flexible admissions system for students without high school transcripts and English Language Proficiency tests. In addition, two learning hubs and two learning facilities are provided for students pursuing the undergraduate programme, who do not have adequate facilities or access to the internet.
the Parami team works closely with the Child’s Dream team and adopts a flexible admissions system for students without high school transcripts and English Language Proficiency tests.
For the 2022 intake, Parami received 187 applications, and 109 applicants were invited for interview. Out of 109 interviewed, 57 students were successfully admitted to start their higher education journey.
Most of our educational programmes had to adapt themselves to the new situation in Myanmar, but none of them have made such a dramatic transformation from a planned physical campus outside of Yangon to a fully fledged online university licensed in the US. This shows the sheer determination of Parami and its team to provide high quality education to youth in Myanmar, no matter how difficult the circumstances.