The US government is targeting Burmese students as participants in various educational and exchange programs, aiming to build leadership qualities in Burmese youth while providing a diverse cultural experience.
|Virginia Murray, the deputy chief of mission to the US embassy in Rangoon, at the US-Myanmar Friendship Exchange symposium on Sunday, September 2, 2012, in Rangoon. Photo: Mizzima|
Virginia Murray, the deputy Chief of Mission to the US embassy in Rangoon, told the audience that it was her experience as an exchange student in Cairo that started her down her chosen career path.
Meanwhile, returned Burmese students from the US and staff from the US embassy documented the requirements of applying for admission to a US institution, in addition to conveying the basics of social life on an American campus.
Several Burmese youth spoke of their experiences with short-term US State Department sponsored programs such as the Study of the United States Institutes for Scholars (SUSI) and Southeast Asia Youth Leadership Program.
Graduates of the SUSI program related how an emphasis of the program is on building leaders for tomorrow’s Burma. After spending time in the US states of Hawaii and Colorado, as well as Washington, D.C., returnees are expected to take up mentoring positions, raising awareness of opportunities for Burmese youth and recruiting more participants into the exchange programs.
Around 150 interested Burmese youth, diplomats and professionals attended the event.
Further information on the possibilities of US State Department supported exchange programs can be accessed through the website of the embassy in Rangoon.