Since 2012 Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) works in Myanmar on many water related researches and projects. They started a collaboration with the Yangon Technological University (YTU) and the Myanmar Maritime University (MMU) focusing on capacity building. Recently, on the topic of Nature Based Solutions, the collaboration was broadened due to the involvement of the Wageningen University & Research (WUR).  

TU Delft played an important role in capacity building at both MMU and YTU. As part of the Orange Knowledge Program (OKP) of Nuffic, supported by the Dutch government, the focus was to improve the education of students in the water sector. The TU Delft believes that capacity building, sharing of knowledge and learning-by-doing are very valuable topics and this collaboration makes it possible to improve on these topics.  During the execution of several researches and projects there has been close contact between professors and students from both TU Delft, WUR, YTU and MMU. 

Partly thanks to the OKP programme, a change in the education programs on water took place from a very technical theoretical way of teaching to a more integrated approach in the addressed topics and by including more practical examples and field visits. This allows opportunities for new collaboration with international engineering firms in the private water sector. 

Are you interested in the experiences of two former students from MMU, who are currently working for the international engineering firm Arcadis? Read their interview here

Are you interested in the collaborating universities? Visit their website to get more information.