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Education Glossary Published for Better Policy Developments

Education Glossary Published for Better Policy Developments

The education system in Myanmar is undergoing significant change. Seeking to add value to the future of higher education in Myanmar by providing a bi-lingual glossary of higher education terms, the team at Parami’s Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) has published this bilingual glossary of education—the first of its kind in Myanmar. 

CEPR team had been working on this glossary development project since November in 2019. The key purpose of publishing the glossary of higher education terms is to provide more knowledge and depth in using the higher education vocabulary in the Burmese language. 

There are a total of 206 terms in the glossary that are relevant in the higher education field. The main source of glossary definitions comes from Parami University’s CEPR team. Sources of definitions include educational monographs, anthologies, encyclopedias, handbooks, journal articles, local legislation (from Myanmar), and websites dedicated and relevant to higher education. Occasionally, where definitions are potentially complex or ambiguous, an additional “glossary definition” has been provided. 

The Director of CEPR, Mark Brown, shared the main reason for publishing a bi-lingual glossary is that “in Myanmar’s multilingual environment we believe key ideas can be both appropriated and misappropriated; where words that are not native to the Burmese language are adopted as loan words, those loan words can be understood in different ways by different people.” The unfamiliarity of such words in Burmese can usually result in using the English words without precision and accuracy. There can be misunderstanding and misinterpretation of the words based on contexts, which can get quite problematic in policy-making and discussion of higher education.

The transformation of the higher education landscape in Myanmar needs quality assurance and standards. With the development of the education sectors and expansion of vocational, technical and higher education institutions in the nation, a lack of common ground in terminologies will potentially pose a challenge in policymaking and deter communication for education stakeholders.

This publication comes to fruition through collaborative efforts of researchers from the Parami Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) and experts from the National Education Policy Commission (NEPC). The Center of Education Policy Research was established to promote higher education policies and practices in Myanmar with accountability and standards. The goal of CEPR is to become a core resource of knowledge and expertise in helping establish independent quality assurance and accreditation bodies, as well as serving as an independent advisor of the Myanmar education stakeholders.

Download the soft-copy of the glossary here: