STI Myanmar University, formerly known as STI Education, was founded in Myanmar in early 2006 with the commitment of providing academic programs at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
It comprises of four major Faculties: Faculty of Business, Faculty of Health Science, Faculty of Education & Linguistics and Faculty of Engineering.
It is one of the top private education providers in Myanmar conducting courses in business and finance, engineering, human resource management, education and English proficiency programs, in collaboration with international universities and the National Management University under the Ministry of Education, Myanmar.
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.
STI has three campuses and each of them is well equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Each campus has spacious classrooms with projectors, air conditioning, Wi-Fi access, library, conference and discussion rooms, cafeteria, assembly hall, recreational area and sports rooms. Students learn and interact in a modern, clean, comfortable and safe environment where the culture is student-centered. Classroom delivery is in the interactive way to stimulate the learning of our students.
STI's excellent reputation has been achieved through its good knowledge of the various market segments and by providing proven quality education to develop the Myanmar's most valuable human assets. We offer Certificate, Diploma, Bachelor, Master and 'Teachers' Training qualification. Our program include Bachelor in Engineering, Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, International Business, Master of Financial Services, Master of Engineering, Master of Business Administrator and Master of Education. While Our Teacher Training Programs include Teaching English as Foreign Language (TEFL), Teaching English to Young Learners and Teenagers (TEYLT), Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Post Graduate Leading and Managing for Effective Education, Post Graduate Child Development and Post Graduate Learning, Curriculum and Assessment. Each course program is carefully designed to provide the students with the intellectual foundations necessary to expose them to current knowledge that will help them build successful future and careers with greater community service. Our students are part of our local community with the belief of giving back to the society and they are given the opportunities for the realization of their belief.
STI faculty members are diverse with different cultural backgrounds from different parts of Myanmar and the world. They are experienced, honourable and visionary players bringing with them their excellent knowledge and experiences from various fields of studies. Our professionals from overseas include Emeritus University Professors, as well as American and British English and business teachers. STI also brings in various professionals from around the world for seminars and workshops. The renowned speakers are masters in Teacher Training, Business Management, Economics, Marketing, English, IT, Finance, HR and Entrepreneurship. The STI administrative team is solid and all STI staff members are amiable and properly trained ethical professionals.
STI graduates are leading fulfilling, illuminated and rewarding lives. We are proud to hear their success stories and see them unleashing their potential both in Myanmar and abroad. Our graduates constantly contact us to tell us how their education with STI is making their life an exceptional one. We have graduates who have gone on to become business owners and operators, and work in high ranking positions.
STIMU GOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE
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.
B. COMPOSITION, FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE STIMU GOVERNING BODIES:
B.1 THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Composition of the BOD
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.
BOD Advisory Committees
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.
· Committee on Research and Education – oversight relating to teaching and learning and academic affairs of the university at the national and international levels.
· Committee on Administration and Operations – has the oversight to review and develop the administration, employment, personnel; logistics, finance matters of the school, responsible in ensuring that the university reaches out and connects with its prospective clientele, 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.
· Committee on Finance – It initiates planning, budgeting forecasts, resource allocation and other financial arrangements. It also leads the review of the annual financial statements of the University, financial procedures and policies.
· Committee on External Affairs and Strategic Partnerships - ensures 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.
· Committee on Monitoring, Audit, Quality Assurance and Knowledge –sharing - 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 Board consults the Academic Board on matters pertaining but not limited to:
BOD and the Executive Management Group
The Board consults the Executive Management Group on matters pertaining not limited to:
The Board conducts a regular monthly meeting. It also meets monthly with the Academic Board and the Executive Management Group.
B.2 THE ACADEMIC BOARD
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.
Composition of the Academic Board
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.
Roles and Responsibilities of the Academic Board
They meet bimonthly to get updates and discuss on key issues related to academic performance of students and teaching staff, ongoing strategies, projects and activities and determine plans for future progression.
B.3 THE EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT GROUP (EMG)
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.
Responsibilities of the Executive Management Group
After joining the TESOL class at STI Myanmar University, the course enhanced my knowledge and skills so I could teach more effectively in my classrooms and school. And like STI’s slogan ‘Nurturing all-around leaders’, I hope they can nurture and produce the leaders of our country.
I am amended to STI Myanmar University, my business in the Logistics and Supply Chain industry has become more successful everyday and currently, my company has gained a good business standing in the market.
The courses offered for MBA are knowledgeable and the lecturers did a marvelous job in teaching us. After I received MBA, I got more job opportunities and employers gave more preference to me during job interviews.
Dr KhinMittar Moe San is a lecturer in the Faculty of Health Science who
achieved her Master’s Degree in Community Nutrition from the University of
Indonesia, Jakarta from 2000 to 2005. She is also a holder of M.B.B.S from the
University of Medicine (2), Yangon, Myanmar.
Daw Hla Myint is not only an esteemed professor, but she also acts as a consultant to STI Myanmar University. She received B. Com (Hons) from Yangon University in 1960 and M. Com from Yangon Institute of Economics 20 years later. Professor became “Fellow of Association of Business Executives”, UK in 2003. In addition, she has also achieved Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa).
She is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Business. Prof Sandar accomplished a Diploma in Business Management from and Master of Commerce from the Yangon Institute of Economics in 1996 and 2003 respectively. In 2012, she further achieved Master of Science from Hiroshima University, Japan.
Daw Aye Aye Myint is a lecturer in the Faculty of Education. She is a holder of
Bachelor of Education and Master of Education given by Institute of
Education, Yangon. In addition, she also achieved Training and Teaching
Methodologies from the College of Education, University
of the Philippines, Quezon City.
Dr. Thein Tan is the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering. He
acquired B. Sc in Civil Engineering from Rangoon University in 1964, M. Sc in
Water Resources Technology from Birmingham, UK in 1971, and D. Eng (Hons) from
Yangon Technological University in 1998. Furthermore, Dr. Thein Tan received
MES (Fellowship in Myanmar Engineering Society in 1998, P.E (Water Resources)
in 2014, and also became a member of Myanmar Engineering Council.
Mrs. Jedalyn Apanto-Refael is a lecturer in the Faculty of Business. She achieved
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Bachelor of Laws. Then, she received
a Master in Education majoring in Supervision and Administration. In addition,
she also has a Doctorate in Philosophy (Management).