Parami University

Myanmar’s first private, not-for-profit residential liberal arts and sciences university

Vision and Mission

Vision : to become a premier private higher education institution in Myanmar, with a focus on interdisciplinary liberal arts and sciences education and a dedication to excellent teaching and research.

Mission : to cultivate the future leaders and global citizens of our nation and the world from all walks of life by nurturing critical thinking, inspired leadership, and compassionate service through liberal arts and sciences education.

A Brief Profile

Parami University will be Myanmar’s first private, non-profit liberal arts and sciences university, modeled after American liberal arts and sciences colleges and universities. Our fully-residential campus will house over 600 students each year, all of whom will study in a rigorous, four-year bachelor’s degree program in the liberal arts and sciences. Upon graduating, students will receive two degrees: one from Parami and one from Bard College, Parami’s partner institution in the United States and one of the most respected liberal arts and sciences colleges in the country. Our faculty, who will be internationally-educated Ph.D.-holders from both Myanmar and abroad, will guide students in engaging, discussion-based coursework across a variety of disciplines. Grounded in the hands-on, student-driven pedagogical practices at the core of the American higher education system, our intensive and interdisciplinary curriculum will provide students with the necessary skills to be global leaders, thinkers, and innovators in all sectors.

INTERDISCIPLINARY MAJORS:

  • Politics, Philosophy & Economics
  • Urban & Environmental Studies
  • Computational & Statistical Sciences
  • 600

    Full-Time Students Across Four Grades
  • 50%

    Minority Students
  • 13:1

    Student-to-Faculty Ratio
  • 35%

    Institutionally-Committed Financial Aid

Sustainablity

Parami University will become a self-sustained university through the main revenue of its tuition fees from its students. Our business model is designed such that Parami University will be fully financially sustainable within 5 years of its establishment.

Planning Stages

We have already begun the development of Parami University. We’re thrilled to share that, in April 2019, we purchased 20 acres of land in Yangon’s Hmawbi township, just north of the main city.

This sprawling rubber plantation will soon be home to the main Parami University campus, which we are working with two local firms – ZAD Office and Lin Innovative Networks – to design. Our newly-constructed Visitor Center is ready to welcome donors and partners to the future location of Parami University.

Moreover, our ongoing advocacy work is gaining momentum. The Myanmar government is set to release a new Private School Law in the near future, the provisions of which will allow for an institution like Parami University to become a reality. Our research team is taking active measures to guide the development and implementation of this law, especially to promote not-for-profit schools like in Myanmar.

Bard College

Founded in 1860, Bard College is one of America’s most respected liberal arts colleges. At its main campus in Annandale, New York, Bard has established itself as an authority in innovative and impactful liberal arts teaching. Moreover, Bard is known for its global presence and commitment to bringing high-quality college education to some of the world’s most underserved student populations.

Bard’s large international network includes campuses in East Jerusalem, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Hungary, and Germany. Parami University would be Bard’s first campus in Myanmar.

We have partnered with Bard College, an internationally-recognized liberal arts college in the United States, to develop a program that will award graduates two fully-accredited bachelor’s degrees – one from Parami University (to be registered in accordance with upcoming Private School Law), and one from Bard College. Founded on all of the same beliefs as Parami Institute, the University will set a new precedent for higher education models across the country, ensuring a wider reach, greater impact, and even more meaningful change for Myanmar’s future.

Bard College
Bard College Members
From left to right:
  • U Ba Win, Former Vice President of Bard College
  • Dr. Kyaw Moe Tun, Parami's Executive Director
  • Dr. Leon Botstein, President of Bard College
  • Dr. Jonathan Becker, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Bard College
  • Dr. Ian Bickford, Provost of Bard College at Simon's Rock

Parami Institute has already established itself as a leader in bringing pathbreaking higher education to Myanmar. Bard is proud to be partnering with Parami to expand that work even further with the establishment of Parami University, an initiative that will offer a Bard-style education to Myanmar’s young people.

Dr. Leon Botstein, President of Bard College

Dr. Leon Botstein

President of Bard College

Supporting Parami University

As Parami moves towards making the University a reality, we need supporters who share our vision for Myanmar’s future. With campus development already underway, we are moving towards this goal swiftly, but we still need like-minded donors and partners to help us get there.

Supporting Parami now will ensure that we can open our doors to students as soon as possible and provide a transformative education to create future leaders of this great country.

Donations for Parami University’s buildings or programs will be recognized at the following levels:

Privileges Founder
($ 150,000+)
Supporter
($ 30,000+)
Friend
($ 10,000+)
VIP invitation to the exclusive annual Parami Founders' Dinner
Regular personal meetings with the President to update on progress
VIP invitation for an option to speak at the annual graduation ceremony
Regular personal updates from the President on progress
Naming rights for an agreed building, program, etc.
VIP invitation to the exclusive annual Parami Supporters’ Dinner
Name on Parami University’s etched stone donor wall at prominent campus location
VIP invitation to attend the annual graduation ceremony
Recognition in Parami University literature (e.g. annual reports)
Regular communications and reports on the impact of funding
Invitation to special opening ceremony (e.g. Library)

Privileges

  • VIP invitation to the exclusive annual Parami Founders' Dinner
  • Regular personal meetings with the President to update on progress
  • VIP invitation for an option to speak at the annual graduation ceremony
  • Regular personal updates from the President on progress
  • Naming rights for an agreed building, program, etc.
  • VIP invitation to the exclusive annual Parami Supporters’ Dinner
  • Name on Parami University’s etched stone donor wall at prominent campus location
  • VIP invitation to attend the annual graduation ceremony
  • Recognition in Parami University literature (e.g. annual reports)
  • Regular communications and reports on the impact of funding
  • Invitation to special opening ceremony (e.g. Library)
  • Regular personal updates from the President on progress
  • Naming rights for an agreed building, program, etc.
  • VIP invitation to the exclusive annual Parami Supporters' Dinner
  • Name on Parami University’s etched stone donor wall at prominent campus location
  • VIP invitation to attend the annual graduation ceremony
  • Recognition in Parami University literature (e.g. annual reports)
  • Regular communications and reports on the impact of funding
  • Invitation to special opening ceremony (e.g. Library)
  • Name on Parami University’s etched stone donor wall at prominent campus location
  • VIP invitation to attend the annual graduation ceremony
  • Recognition in Parami University literature (e.g. annual reports)
  • Regular communications and reports on the impact of funding
  • Invitation to special opening ceremony (e.g. Library)

Tax Deductible Donations