Parami Leadership Program (PLP) is a semester-long, interdisciplinary educational program for promising recent university graduates in Myanmar. Each semester, we select 16 students to study liberal arts and sciences education courses with professors from internationally accredited universities. We teach courses in multiple disciplines, such as the sciences, social sciences, and humanities and arts. We also aim to nurture students’ critical thinking and communication skills through intensive research and writing workshops.
Students take discussion-based courses in Integrated Sciences, Economics, Political Sciences and Humanities, and also attend research talks by scholars and our in-house professors. Each week consists of eight classes with Fridays allocated as research days. On Fridays, students are divided into four groups to design and present a project in consultation with their assigned professor. Depending on the nature of their work, each group is expected to produce a research paper, presentation or exhibition. All courses and workshops are in English, and writing assistants are on hand throughout the semester to assist students with their assignments through workshops and bi-weekly summative tutorials.
The following would be a typical school week schedule:
|Morning Session||9:00 – 10:15||Scientific Inquiry||Global Cultures||Scientific Inquiry||Global Cultures||Research (Field trips, excursions, and other research activities, such as interviews and surveys)|
|10:45 – 12:00||Comparative Politics||Global Economics||Comparative Politics||Global Economics|
|Afternoon Session||1:30 – 2:45||Research Design||Writing Workshop||Writing Workshop||Research Design|
|3:15 – 4:30||Newsroom||Speakers||Tutorial (Course A/B)||Tutorial (Course C/D)|
Past graduates of the program have been placed in exciting private and public career sectors. Some of our PLP students have gone on to work for Yoma Bank, CB Bank, Parami Institute, Pauk Kan Trading Co., LTD, Khayay School, and Shwe Pwint Hlwar Gold and Jewelry. Other PLP graduates have been advised on how to pursue their studies abroad.
Admission & Fees
Prospective students are evaluated through a PLP entrance exam and a rigorous interview process.
Interested applicants must fill out required application forms and submit them to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Students may also submit a hard copy application to Parami Institute.
Tuition is $250 per month ($1,000 per semester). Tuition and living stipends are available through the Parami Institute Sustainability Fund; for those in need, assistance with room and board will also be provided. We highly encourage motivated and exceptional students from all ethnic, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds to join our program. Students from outside of Yangon are also highly encouraged to apply.
Please download the following application form here or stop by Parami Institute to pick up a hard copy.
The entrance exam is a 4-hour long exam composed of three sections: English, Mathematics, and Myanmar essay.
The English component will consist of: reading comprehension, grammar, and argument-based essay.
The Mathematics component will consist of: a mathematics puzzle that tests students’ critical thinking skills and a descriptive essay to explain an interesting phenomenon.
Students will also be asked to write an essay in Burmese.
We will provide refreshments on the day of the entrance exam.