Myanmar is a fascinating place. It's centuries-old Buddhist traditions, its links with China, Thailand and India, and its recent ambitions to become a truly democratic nation, make it an intriguing place to visit. ABE's association with Myanmar goes back many years. We now have over ten accredited colleges in Yangon alone. This April I visited my colleague Suren Verma along with our head of learning delivery Sian Thomas. We visited colleges up and down the country, to meet with our principals, teachers and learners, and discuss the newly updated ABE qualifications. We had an excellent reception and everyone agreed that our focus on academic standards along with modern day workplace skills, will continue to make ABE alumni even more sought after in the workplace.
We also held a networking event especially for our alumni and prize winners.
It was very interesting to find out where our alumni are working - in fact they go onto all kinds of careers in telecommunications, hospitality, government and banking. What unites everybody is their professionalism and drive to succeed. A recent survey we did of our global membership, showed that a huge 97% of ABE members think that their qualification is both relevant to their work and has helped them.
In countries like Myanmar which are seizing new opportunities, our alumni are really at the heart of driving change. They are helping organisations make good and informed decisions.
Our alumni event was featured on the news in Myanmar. We are very pleased to be able to help Myanmar students gain the skills they need to achieve their potential. We also met with the Ministry of Education and The University of Economics in Yangon, Meiktila, and Monywa. Each of these institutions shared ABE's committment to quality education. We are proud to be associated with Myanmar and together with our accredited partners, will help to up-skill the entrepreneurs and CEOs of tomorrow.