Supporting Higher Education, Livelihoods + Community Development
Under the guidance of the Myanmar Ministry of Education, pointB is establishing a Design-Thinking Center for Community Engagement at Mawlamyine University in Mon state, Myanmar.
Mawlamyine University was established in 1953 and is currently Myanmar’s third largest university, enrolling 9,000 full-time students and 8,000 correspondent students. The university has 15 departments with an emphasis in Marine Science. From 1982 to 1986 the UNDP provided assistance to expand the Mawlamyine University’s Marine Science Research Program to other areas in Mon State. To date, these research extension centers have been closed due to budgetary constraints and national policy.
In partnership with Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), University of California, San Diego, pointB is supporting Mawlamyine University as it rebuilds its Marine Science research and educational programs.
SCRIPPS INSTITUTION OF OCEANOGRAPHY (SIO) IS ONE OF THE OLDEST, LARGEST, AND MOST IMPORTANT CENTERS FOR OCEAN, EARTH AND ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE RESEARCH, EDUCATION, AND PUBLIC SERVICE IN THE WORLD.
Through a joint partnership between SIO, Mawlamyine University and pointB, the Design-Thinking Center for Community Engagement is creating a bridge to connect Mawlamyine University to community development projects within Mon state, particularly Myanmar’s coastal marine and river communities.
The Dean of Mawlamyine University has expressed the need to collaborate with Mon communities toward positive development within Mon state. Multi-ethnic change agents from the Design-Thinking Center for Community Engagement are working closely with Mawlamyine University and Mon communities to facilitate sustainable community development, which considers: