Leadership Program

We believe that a liberal arts and sciences education is the most effective pathway towards societal growth.

Starting in August 2019, the Parami Leadership Program is transitioning into a full-year program (August - May) for all cohorts.

The Parami Leadership Program (PLP) is designed to provide current and recently graduated students of Myanmar universities with an intensive introduction to the liberal arts and sciences. This 10-month program selects up to 36 outstanding candidates from across the country to attend rigorous and engaging courses under an international faculty.

The Parami Leadership Program was created to provide a liberal style of education – emphasizing community engagement and global citizenship through rigorous academics – to students across the country. With its broad-based curriculum and emphasis on experimental, hands-on learning in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and arts, Parami Leadership Program prepares its students with the critical thinking skills needed to thrive professionally, academically, and personally.

Key Elements

The Curriculum

Over the course of two semesters, students will take three core interdisciplinary seminars that focus on real-world issues contextualized across a variety of disciplines. In addition to the the core seminars, students will take four elective courses in a variety of subjects, such as economics, educational studies, creative writing, or anthropology. We believe that studying a broad range of topics promotes interdisciplinary thinking skills that allow students to draw connections between topics and ideas.

In addition to the core courses, students will work collaboratively with one faculty member on an intensive, year-long research project that combines the critical thinking skills used in class with real, hands-on research, guided by the faculty member’s own expertise. In the first semester, faculty will lead research and teach research skills; in the second semester, students develop and execute their own projects in conjunction with the faculty advisor.

Sample Weekly Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:00 - 10:45 Science Seminar Elective 1 Science Seminar Humanities Seminar Elective 1
11:00 - 12:00 Tutorial Student Council Advising Tutorial Community Meeting
1:15 - 3:00 Humanities Seminar Research Project Elective 2 Research Project Elective 2
3:15 - 5:00 Guest Speaker

Program Schedule (7th Cohort)

August - December First Semester

Writing & Thinking Workshop

Every year starts with the Writing & Thinking Workshop, a signature component of all of Bard College’s campuses and programs. We invite faculty from across the Bard network to spend two weeks with our students at the beginning of each semester to lead them in creating, engaging exercises in writing, reading, and analysis that will lay the foundations for their work in class at Parami.

We use techniques developed at the Bard Institute for Writing and Thinking, which advance the philosophy that “Writing is both a record of completed thought and an exploratory process that supports teaching and learning across disciplines. At all levels writing allows the writer to discover what she or he wants to say.”

Mid-Session Research Trip

Halfway through the year, students and faculty will travel for a 2-week research trip to a rural part of Myanmar. In past years, students have stayed with and worked alongside families in a small village outside of Kalaw, where they have a chance to observe, study, and collaborate with the villagers’ agricultural, cultural, and family practices.

In the new, year-long program structure, we will work to develop this trip into something this is also service-oriented, encouraging students to practice compassion alongside of and in conjunction with their academic pursuits.