Visit to National University of Arts and Culture in Myanmar


A group of TUA delegates including Prof. Arisumi Mitamura, the Executive Assistant to the President, and Prof. Yukio Uemura of the Department of Musicology visited the National University of Arts and Culture in Myanmar for the period from Feb. 21 to Feb. 25, 2017.

The Burmese university is one of the partner institutions for the Inter-University Exchange Project (ASEAN), a national project by the Japanese education ministry that was adopted at TUA in 2016. The purpose of the visit was to discuss the methods of implementation for the exchange programs between the two institutions including a project planned by Prof. Uemura. During the meeting, Prof. Uemura, who had been asked to provide assistance to the planned establishment of a musicology department at the National University of Arts and Culture, replied that he would extend as much support as possible to the Burmese partner.

The National University of Arts and Culture has two campuses in Yangon and Mandalay, both of which have the programs of music, fine arts, dramatic art, and cinematography and drama. The Yangon campus particularly has a strong human connection with TUA; Prof. Maung Maung Zaw Htet who serves as the Music Dean is an alumnus of our composition program and lecturer Su Zar Zar tay Yee received a doctoral degree in musicology from TUA.

At the Yangon campus, the TUA delegates were welcomed by the National University of Arts and Culture Orchestra conducted by Prof. Maung Maung Zaw Htet. The orchestra, which is composed of a large number of students who study string instruments, percussion instruments, and traditional Burmese instruments, performs various types of music including Burmese traditional music. The members are working hard on their studies and research both on and off campus, as their orchestra aims to widely contribute to the society in general.

At the Yangon Campus

The TUA delegates inspected classes of different programs at the Mandalay campus. The campus hosts spacious buildings, where the students are learning music or arts without spatial constraint. Traditional Burmese music and dance are two focused areas at Mandalay.

At the Mandalay Campus