During the last week of June 2013, Dr. Naveed Anwar, Executive Director, AIT Consulting and Mr. Thaung Htut Aung, Project Coordinator, AIT Consulting visited the Ministry of Construction (MOC) in Naypyidaw, Myanmar to discuss Professional Development plans.
The AIT Consulting delegates met with H.E. U Kyaw Lwin, Union Minister, MOC; H.E. Dr. Win Myint, Deputy Minister, MOC; H.E. U Soe Tint, Deputy Minister, MOC and other officials of the Ministry of Construction.
MOC is responsible for the country’s construction and maintenance of infrastructure, including roads and bridges. The ministry also oversees the initiative to professionalize engineers and bring them at par with their international peers. The collective eagerness to aid the development of the country was evident in MOC’s interest in AIT Consulting’s proposed Hybrid Professional Development Programs. It was discussed that AIT Consulting will provide two such programs in Structural Design of Tall Buildings and Bridges.
Upon MOC’s invitation, AIT Consulting submitted a proposal highlighting the Hybrid Professional Development Program which involves a three-month participant-centered teaching approach that combines online training, classroom interaction, hands-on training, and on-the-job training that will enable the participants to have an enriched learning experience. The Hybrid Professional Development Program, conceptualized and developed at AIT Consulting, aims to serve as a tool in providing wider access to quality professional programs through a combination of distance and classroom approaches. All the key phases of the training will be conducted in Myanmar except for the on-the-job training which will be conducted in Bangkok, Thailand. The professional development programs for the officials from MOC were designed for 15-20 participants for each program. The onset of the professional development program on the topic of Tall Buildings is scheduled on 9 September – 15 November 2013. The second program on the topic of Bridges is planned for 16 September – 22 November 2013.