RMIT University has established a new relationship in Myanmar in a bid to increase English language proficiency in the country.
RMIT English Worldwide (REW) and the English language agency EduLink Australia will collaborate on serving the various English-language needs in the developing country.
EduLink Australia - located in Myanmar's largest city, Yangon - delivers English language programs in both academic and professional contexts, and also provides study abroad and student visa services in Myanmar.
The two organisations will work together to deliver pragmatic outcomes through the transnational collaboration.
These include providing English language training for employees in the corporate sector, specialised academic English programs and preparation for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) in the education sector.
Rachel Holthouse, CEO of RMIT Training, described the agreement as a vital step in the overall development of the region.
"We're looking forward to making a significant contribution to the English language needs of Myanmar. Our commitment to our new partner, Edulink, is consistent with our international vision to provide high quality English solutions to support education development," Ms Holthouse said.
"There are many interesting students who can now benefit from REW's English programs.
"It's another example of the value we can bring to individuals in developing countries in the pursuit of our vision - to provide education solutions that support the lifelong goals of clients worldwide."
The CEO and founder of EduLink Australia, Eugene Quah, originally from Sydney, said the growing English language centre and recruitment agency was delighted to become part of the REW family.
"This relationship means that high-quality international-standard English language training will be more accessible to people in Myanmar, and we are happy to be a part of it."
Myanmar is emerging and recovering from decades of military rule and political unrest, resulting in low-level English skills.
As such, there is a rising demand for quality English programs in order to flourish in the midst of globalisation.
Increasing English capability among its citizens in a globalised context will help the country in its bid towards self-actualisation, stimulate its economic growth, and thus become an active participant in the first-world economy.
The teaming up of the two organisations aligns with REW's core activities in developing and delivering English language programs tailored for academic, business, and industry purposes.
REW - a division of RMIT Training - is part of the RMIT Group and delivers education services all around the world, enhancing RMIT University's global presence.