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10 Feb 2014 | Aung Htun Lin | SAW

0pen Universities Australia OUA formed by 7 universities in Australia has been educating the Burmese migrant students online, and it has held a graduation ceremony for a student in Mae Sot on March 8. The ceremony took place at Seminar hall of Queen Palace hotel in Mae Sot, and the online students and many leaders of community base organizations had attended to it. At the ceremony, U Thein Naing, the Academic support Coordinator of OUA Myanmar scholarship project, said, “All these students have to work to survive. Still, they study very hard as I find it amazingly.” This ceremony was the second time for OUA, and the first ceremony took place at CDC high school in Mae Sot. Currently, there are about 30 students studying at OUA online.

The student who has graduated from OUA for this time is Maung Maung Thein, a Mon ethnic man and a representative of New Mon state party’s education department. His degree is B.A (Bachelor of degree). He said, “I’m very happy to earn this degree. This certificate for me is not to use it to get a job but to use it to help for the development of my community, my state and my country. I also would like to urge young people to grab this opportunity to learn higher education for the prosperity of their future.” OUA is formed by 7 prestigious universities like Curtin University, Griffith University, Macquarie University, Monash University, RMIT University and Swinburne University in Australia, and more than 55000 students overseas are attending online. At the ceremony, the students from Hle Bee School had performed Mon traditional dance and the students from CDC had performed ASEAN Friendship opera as well. The ceremony was successfully over at 12 noon.

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