“Some universities in Myanmar have risen in this year’s global ranking,” he told a press briefing in Nay Pyi Taw on Wednesday. “The University of Yangon was ranked at 13,072 in 2016 but climbed to 8509 in January.”
Likewise, the University of Mandalay rose to 12,614 from 20,701 in 2016,” he added.
Other universities that improved this year are the Yangon University of Computer Studies, which moved to 3643 from 14,302 in 2016.
The University of Myeik also moves up, to 15,880 from 25,439 in 2018, while Yangon University of Technology climbed to 18,390 from 22,678 in 2016.
The University of Dagon also improved to 20,508 from 21,352 in 2017, and Yangon University of Economics climbed to 21,737 from 23,537 in 2017.
The higher rankings of the country’s universities can be attributed to the importance the ruling National League for Democracy has put on education, allocating substantial budget increases for the sector.
There are 562 foreign students studying at the University of Yangon, Yangon University of Foreign Languages and University of Mandalay, said the minister, adding that students came from 19 countries to study at those universities.
Of the foreign students, 350 are from China, 100 from South Korea, about 50 students from Japan, 10 from Thailand, and the rest from Laos, India, the United Kingdom, Italy, Indonesia, Australia, Estonia, France, Germany, China (Hong Kong), Ireland, Canada, Switzerland, Vietnam and the United States, according to the ministry.