STIMU is a local higher education institution mandated to provide higher education in Myanmar. Its governance as well as management, teaching arrangements and expertise is designed towards attaining a world-class organization and meeting the interests of the country's wider community through producing an excellent group of well-rounded young professionals and leaders. STIMU's vision is to create a learning and teaching environment enriched with diverse perspectives where a university can change its students' lives and society, and to advance an intellectual environment to provide wide range of opportunities.
STIMU is committed to play a leading role in nurturing students to be the all-round leaders and professionals on regional and international standards and the positive change-makers in their communities where they can lead themselves, their families towards advancement in today's diverse, dynamic and global society. STIMU focuses on the outcomes of the students to be highly competent and competitive by providing programmes and services that foster academic excellence, community spirit and shared inspirations.
STI Myanmar University formerly named STI Education started in 2006 offering courses principally focusing on Teacher Training Diploma programmes, business management and English Language diplomas. By 2013 the school had expanded to more than 1500 students spread out in its three campuses. The enrollment keep increasing as a result of programmes and courses offered from strong positive reputation, sound market targeting and robust competitive edge. From one campus in downtown Yangon, STIMU now occupies three campuses all located in the prime commercial areas of Yangon. To date there are more than 2000 students studying at STIMU. To date, STIMU has grown to a mature academic institution with excellent academic reputation and the most prestigious private higher education University in Yangon with comprehensive program portfolio. There are four faculties, namely, Faculty of business, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Education and Linguistics and Faculty of Health Science. In the near future another campus in Mandalay is to be extended in widening STIMU's provision.
STIMU's values are reflected in its approach to management, operations and academic missions and undertakings. These values guide the short term and long-term goals of the university and serve as the underlying principles into which all the university's efforts in daily operations and decision-making are conducted. It is also in these values that the university's quality and standards are anchored. Student-Centered: STIMU places the welfare and benefits of the students as the top priority of the school.
It promotes and works for the success of the students both academically and in their civic engagements. Equal opportunity. STIMU believes that equal opportunity for all, promotes social justice and a 'level playing field' for all university staff,students and partners. STIMU believes in university community spirit that promotes inclusion, equity and fairness. Within the context of the diversity and richness of Myanmar's cultural and political formations with its different ethnic groups, dialects and social customs and geographies, STIMU ensures academic policies that supports and complement this diversity for the common good of the community and progressive future economic opportunities. With this equitable access to all the resources and opportunities are extended to all students and staff. STIMU maintains an environment of fairness, respect, compassion, friendship and goodwill. Collaboration and Team Sprit.
This calls for a dynamic collaboration and engagements among all faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni as well as collaboration with academic and non- academic partners in the area of knowledge, shared resources, infrastructure, opportunities, expertise and visions. Innovation. STIMU places a high premium on innovation thus continually looks for ways to improve its programme offering that would lead to a more positive and relevant contributions taking into account the current needs of students as well as the current national and global needs and trends. It takes advantage of many innovations at the local and international markets both in terms of academic and industry partnerships, new researches, and updated learning resources. STIMU continually studies and forecasts upcoming trends and events in order to effectively position itself for progress and innovation at all levels with its strong local and international network and partnerships. Accountability.
STIMU values the integrity in all its dealings and is trustworthy stewards of all its university resources and related environmental resources. Its standards and quality assurance department ensures that accountability is ingrained in the university culture. Transparency. STIMU seeks an open and honest communications to all levels at all times and ensures that all relevant and needed information are disseminated and received in a clear and open set-up. Excellence. STIMU believes that only through excellence can it effectively carry out its mission and goals.
STIMU employs a governance structure wherein the decision making responsibilities are shared among the campus constituencies which include the board of directors, the academic board, the executive management group, faculty, students, staff, administrators and student body. The STIMU Corporate Charter delegates the authority, power and influence regarding institutional and academic decisions to its three university bodies: (1) the governing board (Board of Directors) which usually appoints the senior and key leadership positions and responsible for the overall academic, administrative and financial matters and plans; (2) the academic board which responsibility is purely with regards to academic matters; and (3) the executive management group, formerly known as the Steering Committee, which is responsible for administration, finance and operations.
The Board is composed of five qualified and competent members each regarded in their own respective fields and industry. All are business owners or have held senior management positions in industries such as telecommunications and ICT, real estate, health care and academic institutions. The BOD acts as one body and no individual member is delegated a single authority over the affairs of the board.
To further ensure that the broader responsibilities and accountabilities of the university are performed well and meet standards, the Board is structured into five Advisory Committees each with its own separate oversight functions. Each of the 5 committees is headed by a member of the BOD. These committees are: Committee on Finance, Committee on Research and Education, Committee on Administration and Operations, Committee on External Communications and Partnerships and Committee on Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning.
The Academic Board is the governing body of the university that is responsible for all the educational services and academic matters of the institution. It operates under the delegated authority of the Committee on Research and Education. It is responsible to matters concerning academic governance which include the approval of new programs and courses, faculty policies, academic and degree standards and requirements, strategic academic plans, teaching, research, examinations and feedback. As the university’s main academic authority it guides the University's academic strategic performance, directions and plans.
The Academic Board is composed of all the head of faculties, core faculty members with primary and secondary appointment from all faculty members who have served in their post continuously for some time, and junior lecturers holding complementary faculty appointments. It is also comprised of key representatives from the student council, alumni group, management personnel and advisers. The Advisory Chair on Committee on Education & Research, as well as, Chair of the Committee on External Affairs & Strategic Management also sit on the Academic Board as part of their committee responsibilities. With this broad membership, the Academic Board operates with a wide range of experience and expertise from different perspectives, background and professional discipline. The members bring with them a range of experience and professional expertise making up a multidisciplinary team which ensures the effective advancement of STI’s academic and business work at the local and regional levels.
The Executive Management Group serves as the executive governing body of the university. It is responsible for matters relating to the management of the University. The EMG reports to the BOD on matters concerning the overall management of the university; while the Academic Board is delegated with the decision making on matters pertaining to the academic status of the university. The BOD delegates the overall management of operations and certain decision making to the EMG. The Group ensures there are effective leadership, management and co-ordination and implementation of all the major academic and support activities. It is also tasked to monitor internal such as the financial state of the university, program delivery, as well as external events such as the state of the economy and politics that will impact on the university.
The highest governing structure of STIMU is the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors provides strategic leadership in STIMU’s governance. The Board oversees the functioning of the academic and corporate governance framework to enable the university to conduct its business in a way that foster long-term success, sustain competitiveness, and create value for its constituents and stakeholders. As the University is growing and contains relatively few academic faculties, some members of the BOD also act as the executive governing body of the University with particular managerial responsibilities to oversee the conduct of University business and provide advisory capacity. It approves all major developments and receives regular reports from the Academic Board and the Executive Management Group. The Board has the final decision on matters that impact on the University. The Board conducts annual strategic planning session where the university’s performance, achievements and financial standing are reviewed and fed into new courses of actions for succeeding medium and long term plans. It reviews the corporate performance and sets the school’s policies and overall strategic direction. The Mission and Vision guide the strategic direction, major transactions and management’s implementation plans set by the Board. The Board conducts a regular monthly meeting. It also meets monthly with the Academic Board and the Executive Management Group.
The Board is composed of five qualified and competent members each regarded in their own respective fields and industry. All are business owners or have held senior management positions in industries such as telecommunications, ICT, real estate, healthcare and academic institutions. The BOD acts as one body and no individual member is delegated a single authority over the affairs of the board. The brief profile of the BOD is as follows:
Josephine leads STIMU as a Managing Director with extensive experience in leadership and management skills in both technical and business development for more than 10 years. Josephine is the Chair of Committee on Strategic Partnerships and Quality Assurance. She needs to ensure that the University fosters, develops, maintains and advances the key national and international relationships that will enhance its ability and enable it to perform as a leading university role. Adhere to the internal key performance indicators measures meeting standard of benchmarking and making sure the quality is assured at the faculty member, graduate attributes, physical resources, administration tasks and employability percentage of the graduates.
Josephine is an IT and Telecom veteran and computer engineer by training. She has her undergraduate and postgraduate academic training in Yangon, Singapore and USA in the University of Computer Studies(Yangon), Nanyang Technological University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her substantial experience in implementing the nationwide projects such as the country’s largest coverage network in telecom transport network across the country including the metro transport networks, the backbones, internet service provider POPs, TV transmission stations and many leading ICT projects. Josephine is an auditor and executive committee member of Myanmar Computer Federation and she has served as an executive committee member and treasurer of Myanmar Computer Professionals Association for 10 years.
Josephine is an auditor and executive committee member of Myanmar Computer Federation and she has served as an executive committee member and treasurer of Myanmar Computer Professionals Association for 10 years.
Dr. Myo Myo Naing is an executive director of STIMU and is the Chair of the Committee on Administration and Operations. She has the oversight to review and develop the academic affairs, administration, employment, personnel; logistics, finance matters of the school. She initiates planning, budgeting, forecasts, resource allocation and other arrangements.
Dr. Myo Myo Naing has extensive academic experience with the University of Computer Studies (Yangon) for more than ten years and served as an Associate Professor. She undertake large amount of teaching to the undergraduate and postgraduate students and supervised research projects for many postgraduate students pursuing doctorate degrees in computer engineering and Information Technology domain.
Dr. Myo Myo Naing has published many international papers during her doctoral studies as well as postdoctoral research projects. She had co-authored many of the current trend in computer engineering research area. She has also presented at many international and national conferences on the latest computer science and information systems. She facilitated conferences at the University of Computer Studies in Myanmar in coordination with international organisations.
Dr. Myo Myo Naing is an executive committee member of Myanmar Computer Professional Association and Chair of the International Committee. Her experience includes developing international business cooperation in the travel and tourism industry where she sits on the board at one of the leading travel and tour companies.
Dr. MyoMyoNaing has been working very closely with the various committees and the board of STIMU in developing the business over 10 years. She’s one of the major architects in accomplishing the STIMU’s vision.
Patricia is an executive director of STIMU and chair of the Committee on Finance and Planning. She’s responsible for ensuring financial resources, stakeholders and broader constituents in order to build the general image of the University and enhance business matters. She also presents the University’s achievements to external constituents, and also leads the review of the annual financial statements of the University, physical resources planning, financial procedures and policies. Patricia envisages the student forecast for the next 3 years and plans the physical campus expansion such as taking care of new construction of facilitating labs, workshops, lecture theatres etc.
Patricia has successful entrepreneurial experiences in IT and Telecom. She’s one of the founders of Myanmar Information and Communication Technology Development Public Company Ltd and she has sat on the board since its inception. She earned her degree in Science and worked in Singapore as a private company director for many years during her early career. She founded one of Myanmar’s leading IT companies when the country started to open its trade policy in the mid 1990s. Today with her strong entrepreneurial spirit, the company has achieved significant milestones in implementing nationwide IT and Telecom projects with phenomenal success.
Patricia served as an executive committee member of Myanmar Computer Federation and Myanmar Computer Industry Association for about 18 years.
Dr. Cho Mar LWIN is an Executive Director of STIMU and Chair of the Committee on Monitoring and Audit. She has to ensure adherence to policy and standards of the University and gathering of feedback and provides appropriate advice on strategic issues relating to risk management. The Committee monitors annual periodic reports, the University’s performance against plans and budgets and guards against financial fraud and irregularities. The Committee gathers feedback from the Academic Board and Executive Management Group major risks exposures, receives periodic reports on the effectiveness of internal control and overall quality of performance against targets and risks. It determines corresponding risk mitigation measures.
On her other side of her career life, she is the Associate Professor of the Department of Rheumatology, University of Medicine (1) Yangon. She earned her M.B.,B.S, M.Med.Sc (Internal Medicine), Dr.Med.Sc (General Medicine), MRCP(UK) and FRCP (Edin).
Dr. Cho Mar LWIN has extensive experience in the departmental and national lead roles such as an Academic Secretary of the Myanmar Rheumatology Society and membership in the Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology (APLAR). She has undertaken a series of publications, research projects and presentations. Her further studies and training as Rheumatology Fellow in renowned Rheumatology centres in Singapore and in the UK has enriched her with international experience.
Dr. Kyaw THURA is a director of STIMU and a Chair of Committee on Research and Education oversight relating to teaching and learning and academic affairs of the university at the national and international levels.
Dr. Kyaw THURA is a director of STIMU and a Chair of Committee on Research and Education oversight relating to teaching and learning and academic affairs of the university at the national and international levels.
Dr. Kyaw THURA is also a senior specialist registrar in the acute medical unit at the Royal Perth Hospital, Western Australia, one of the state-of-the-art 855 bedded teaching hospitals in Western Australia. His area of specialism is in internal and acute care medicine and pursuing his Fellowship specialist training in Royal Australian College of Physicians. After he graduated MBBS from Institute of Medicine (1) Yangon, he obtained FRACP (Australia), MRCP (UK), MRCP (Glasgow), F.MedSc (Internal Medicine, NUS), and Diploma in Dermatology (Australia).
After his internship in Yangon, Dr. Kyaw THURA was trained and completed his basic physician training mostly in Western Australia. He has wide range of clinical experience in different medical specialties including Diabetes and Endocrinology, nephrology and Hematology. He has great interest in clinical researches and is also a co-investigator in clinical audits, clinical safety and quality assurance projects in Royal Perth Hospital.
The Board consults with the Advisory Board on policy and strategic matters pertaining to the academic, management and other key aspects of the Institution.
To further ensure that the broader responsibilities and accountabilities of the university are performed well and meet standards, the Board is structured into five Committees each with its own separate oversight functions. Each committee is headed by a member of the BOD. These committees are: Committee on Finance and planning, Committee on Research and Education, Committee on Administration and Operations, Committee on Partnerships and Quality Assurance and the Committee on Monitoring and Audit.
Committee on Research and Education oversees relating to teaching and learning and academic affairs of the university at the national and international standard.
Committee on Finance and Planning is responsible for ensuring financial resources, stakeholders and broader constituents in order to build the general image of the University and enhance business matters. It also presents the University’s achievements to external constituents. The Committee leads the review of the annual financial statements of the University, physical resources planning, financial procedures and policies. Envisage the student forecast for next 3 years and plan the physical campus expansion such as taking care of new construction of facilitating labs, workshops, lecture theatres and etc.
Committee on Administration and Operation has to oversee, review and develop the academic affairs, administration, employment, personnel; logistics, finance matters of the school. It initiates planning, budgeting forecasts, resource allocation and other arrangements.
Committee on Strategic Partnerships and Quality Assurance is to ensure that the University fosters, develops, maintains and advances the key national and international relationships that will enhance its ability and enable it to perform as a leading University role. Adhere to the internal key performance indicators measures meeting standard of benchmarking and making sure the quality is assured at the faculty member, graduate attributes, physical resources, administration tasks and employability percentage of the graduates.
Committee on Monitoring and Audit ensures adherence to policy and standards of the University and gathering of feedback and provides appropriate advise on strategic issues relating to risks management. The committee monitors annual periodic reports, university’s performance against plans and budgets and guards against financial fraud, irregularities. It gathers feedback from the Academic Board and Executive Management Group major risks exposures, receives periodic reports on the effectiveness of internal control and overall quality of performance against targets and risks. It determines corresponding risk mitigation measures. The Academic
Academic Board has overall responsibility for the University’s academic provision, provides direction as to the development of the University’s portfolio, and ensures academic quality and standards. The following committee works closely with the academic board on the issues pertaining to the quality assurance, monitoring and audit, research and education of the academic programs. They are:
The Academic Board is the governing body that is responsible for all the educational services and academic affairs of the university. It is responsible to the Board for academic matters within the Faculty such as on those concerning teaching; research; curricula; examinations; feedback; and makes recommendations to the BOD on any matter relating to the University. As the University’s main academic authority it guides the University's academic strategic performance, directions and plans.
The Academic Board is composed of the Chairs of the Education and Research Committees and Committee on Administration and Operations, Committee of monitoring and audit, Committee of Strategic partnership and quality assurance, the Dean, all Faculty Chairs, Head of all the Administration Departments, Chair of the SQA Department, and senior teaching staff. It also comprised of the STIMU Student Council, the highest governing body of the students; representative from the Alumni Association and STIMU Advisers from a wide range of local, regional and national interests. With this broad membership, the Academic Board operates with a wide range of experience and expertise from different perspectives, backgrounds and professional disciplines. Members bring with them a range of professional and academic expertise for the advancement of the University’s academic, community and business work.
The Academic Board meets weekly to receive updates and to discuss key issues related to academic performance of students and teaching staff, ongoing strategies, projects and activities and to determine and plan for future progression.
The Executive Management Board serves as the executive governing body of the university. It is responsible for matters relating to the management and finance of the University. The EMB reports to the BOD on matters concerning the overall management of the university; while the Academic Board is delegated with the decision making on matters pertaining to the academic status of the university. The BOD delegates the overall decision-making and management to the EMB. EMB ensures the effective leadership, management and co- ordination and implementation of all the major academic and operations activities. It is also tasked to guide internal monitoring and review such as the financial state of the university, programme delivery, as well as external events such as the state of the economy and politics that will impact on the university.
At STIMU, three working groups were created to develop standards. One was to develop standards for programme content, delivery and assessment, including pertinent digital learning content and delivery. This group was placed under the directions of the Academic Board. Another one was to develop standards on management programme support which include out- of-campus learning activities. This group was placed under the direction of the Executive Management Group. The third working group was tasked to develop the standards for following up and assessment of the results and outcome for applicability, effectiveness and relevance. This last group was a joint effort of the Academic Board and the EMG and was placed under the direction of the BOD Committee on Quality Assurance. The working group eventually evolved into the Standard and Quality Assurance Unit with the working groups merged into one SQA Committee. This section details the corresponding structure, responsibilities, procedures, processes and resources for monitoring and reviewing of the University’s set of standards against the set requirements.
The SQA Department of STIMU consists of the SQA Committee and three sub units, the Monitoring Team, Review and Planning Team and the Documentation and Public Relations Team. SQA is under the direction of the University President. The Units work in close coordination and collaboration with the University’s academic team and the Academic Board, which together look carefully on the institution’s current and evolving standards.
Standards and procedures are set by each of the five board advisory Committee Chairpersons who establishes evaluative criteria and procedures for all teachers and management support staff. The University takes into account the Ministry quality code on Matriculation as well as standards set by its international partners in setting up the standards, implementation and maintenance procedures. This is amended from time to time in collaboration with the Academic Board Committee on Quality Assurance and learning teaching and assessment Committee.
The standards adopted by STIMU conform to those expected by their collaborative partners, in addition to those which they have developed themselves. A preliminary mapping exercise undertaken by Faculty staff at the University of Bedfordshire in early 2015 confirms that levels and standards of academic work at STIMU are broadly in line with those within the University of Bedfordshire.
STIMU is committed to ensuring that students have a high quality learning experience, and that the standards of qualifications are set at appropriate levels. Programme proposals are first approved at school level, so as to ensure that the proposed programmes are compatible with school plans, and that only sound proposals are put forward for University approval.
Establishing that programme standards are appropriate, and that the quality of the student experience can be assured are the principal concerns of programme approval process were an appropriately qualified internal and external panel examines the programme.
Student’s achievement is monitored in a number of ways including consideration at assessment boards, as part of the quality monitoring process, and by the Committee of Monitoring and Audit who decide on the awards students are given.
At this time we have not adopted the UK method of external examiners as this is not well developed outside of the UK.
The University also surveys students on a regular basis to provide feedback as they provide an important view on the quality of our provision. This feedback into our course development and also, along with teaching observations, to identify enhancement opportunities for staff development and training. The Responsibilities of the Unit and its sub-units are outlined below.
A monthly Management Review meeting is conducted when necessary to allow executives to obtain an overview of the status and quality issues. Agendas are centered towards urgent and important QA issues typically on student feedback, external feedback, course regular activity programmes and special events.