The Centre of Excellence for Urban and Regional Development in Myanmar“ (CoE) was founded at the University of Yangon on 1st November 2012 under the rectorate and his always great support of Rector Prof. Dr. Tin Tun. Prof. Dr. Frauke Kraas has initiated the Centre and is co-leading it with an interdisciplinary team of scientists of the University of Yangon. Rector Prof. Dr. Aung Thu and Rector Prof. Dr. Pho Kaung have also been always very supportive and strongly encouraged the work of the Centre.
The leading team started its work on 17th December 2012 – with the CoE core members Dr. Bay Dar (Department of Botany), Dr. Zaw Soe Min (Department of History), Dr. Hla Yin Nu, Dr. Khin Khin Soe and Dr. Zin Nwe Myint (Department of Geography), University of Yangon and Prof. Dr. Frauke Kraas, Institute of Geography, University of Cologne and Yangon.
After successful two years of work, the official opening ceremony took place on 28 July 2014. The Department of Geography is in charge of the CoE since it was founded in 2012.
The centre aims to further develop modern teaching qualifications with research-oriented teaching on all levels of education. Inter-institutional and interdisciplinary collaboration, also with international research partners shall be extended. Knowledge, expertise and qualification shall be made available for all universities in Myanmar and for the civil society.
The focus of the Centre of Excellence is “Urban and Regional Development”. It was chosen in order to underline the university’s commitment and scientific contribution to the urban and regional development processes of the country. All related academic disciplines can join the research activities. Major areas are environmental change, cultural, economic and social development and rural and urban transformation processes in Myanmar.
The CoE-URDM is chaired by
Center of Excellence for Urban and Regional Development in Myanmar
Room A-18, Arts Hall,
University of Yangon
University Avenue Road, Kamayut Township (11041)