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Parami University at its First Phase of Creating the 21st-century Learning SpaceNovember 15, 2020
As Myanmar's first liberal arts university, we seek to create a dynamic learning space for our students and the best experience for our campus community. Parami University worked closely with the two architectural teams, LIN INNOVATIVE NETWORKS, and ZAD Office, for the design concept of each building nestling into the 20-acre green space in Hmawbi Township, Yangon.
The first phase of campus construction will take place in early 2021 and will consist of Kanbawza Hall, Ayer Shwe Wah Community Lounge, U Tun Linn Square, B.K. Kee Dining Hall, as well as housing for students, faculty, and staff. With quality facilities, each building has its characteristics, that will cater towards students' learning experiences and needs—enhancing the sense of belonging and community on campus.
One of the main academic buildings is Kanbawza Hall. With one modern auditorium and 20 classrooms, it will provide students with an engaging learning environment. The main auditorium will welcome prominent speakers and educators to share their experiences with students. The stimulating classroom environment will also give an impulse to students to actively participate in in-class activities with personalized education through the interdisciplinary educational approach. This lecture hall will bridge interactive engagements and communications between students and faculty members. For the first few years, this hall will not only have classrooms but also offices for faculty and staff.
B.K.Kee Dining Hall
B.K.Kee Dining Hall consists of two floors with over 200 seats available at any point. This dining hall aims to provide an ideal university dining experience typically felt among universities abroad. It will provide nourishing food in a variety of dining options for diverse students so as to keep our community healthy and strong. Through sustainable practices, this hall will emphasize on innovations in food sourcing and waste reduction.
U Tun Linn Square
Next to the B.K. Kee Dining Hall, U Tun Linn Square will become the focal point that brings the Parami University community together. The public square will also become a place for students and community members to hang out, and reflect on themselves. This square will be one of the main spaces on campus that will attract and support diverse communities to promote inclusive and inspiring dialogues. Moreover, this square will host the Founder’s Fountain, acknowledging the university’s founders, supporters, and friends who have generously contributed to the founding of Parami University.
Ayer Shwe Wah Community Lounge
Another sharing and collaborative learning space is the Ayer Shwe Wah Community Lounge. The lounge has over 100 seats with multiple individual-and group-study spaces spread across two floors. This circular building will also have a cafeteria which will be a perfect gathering space for all students. This will become a place to strengthen the bonds of friendship and nurture the camaraderie of the university community.
This residential campus will also include on-campus living for students, staff and faculty. This will allow more interactions within the Parami community through events and programs. During the first phase, the following buildings will be constructed on campus.
The residence hall consists of 4 floors. The first three floors will serve as housing units (one bedroom for two students) with communal bathrooms. The top floor will contain a residential director's housing unit, a student lounge, a communal gym and a laundry room. With facilities and shared spaces, the students will be able to experience residential campus life. This hall will become a social and comfortable environment for students to retreat from their bustling campus life. This is an ideal space for students to grow and build lifelong friendships.
Faculty Housing at the Parami University offers one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartment units for professors who will be living on campus. The first faculty housing will include the president's and the vice president’s suites on the top floor. All needed amenities and facilities will be provided to maintain a healthy work-life balance for faculty members, which will allow them to focus on educating students and supporting the mission of the university. Residing in this safe and sustainable housing, faculty members will experience a home-like healthy stay environment with greenery everywhere.
Staff housing will be available on campus in addition to the student and faculty housing. Each staff housing unit will include two individual furnished studio rooms with a shared bathroom. There will also be a communal kitchen and dining space where staff can have meals together and bond over mutual understanding. Providing on-campus housing that is suited to the living needs will reduce commute time, and help staff members to maintain their work-life balance.
Many other buildings such as Shwe Nan Taw Library, Housing to the University Administration, Science Hall, Arts Hall, MEP Building, and Visitor Center will be added to the Para mi University Campus in the second phase of the campus construction process.
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