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Reading College is proud to work in partnership with institutions in South East Asia to provide courses in a range of vocational and academic subjects.
Institutions currently working in partnership with Reading College include:
  • Career Core Institute, Yangon, Myanmar 
  • Myanmar Institute of Business (MIB), Yangon, Myanmar
  • Today Matters Institute, Yangon, Myanmar

Diplomas and Professional Diplomas in Myanmar Colleges

Colleges in Myanmar choose from a selection of traditional and professional diplomas. Professional diplomas tend to be shorter in duration (typically, 3 – 5 months of study) and to focus on a specialised subject. This is in contrast to the broader academic scope of a traditional diploma.

Currently, the following diplomas are being studied in Myanmar in partnership with City of Oxford College, Banbury and Bicester College and Reading College.

Traditional Diplomas

  • Business and Management
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Banking and Finance
  • Banking and Financial Services
  • English Studies
  • Executive Diploma in Business and Management (EDBM)

Professional Diplomas

  • Banking Operations Management
  • Business English
  • Business and Management
  • Corporate and Business Law
  • Events Management
  • Health and Safety in Construction 
  • Human Resource Management
  • Leadership and People Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Project Management
  • Construction Project Management

Download the full list of Myanmar diplomas available.






case study

Chinese student Qi Wang (known as Emma) was living in Australia when she decided that a UK education would help her towards her future career. 
Having done her research, Emma realised that the UK education system was more rigorous academically and a better fit for her future ambition of studying maths or statistics at the University of Cambridge. She is now studying the Science A-levels Pathway (Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Further Maths) at Reading College, part of Activate Learning.  
Emma found out about Reading College through her agent. She was impressed by the list of universities that previous students had gone to, such as Oxford, Cambridge and UCL, combined with the lively atmosphere and the excellent transport links to London and Heathrow Airport.
Emma said: “My teachers are really knowledgeable and helpful, especially my tutor Anna. They are very organised, too. We do lots of mock exams, which is helpful. I ask a lot of extra questions after class and they are always very patient and help me.”
“The A-level managers and staff helped me to apply to the UCL summer schools and advised me about how best to write my statements – I got a place! The library staff are also really helpful. I like the quiet study room and spend quite a bit of time there when I am not in lessons.”
During her time at Reading College, Emma has also got involved with the Students’ Union and volunteered at open events. She said: “I had the opportunity to talk to lots of different people, which I enjoy. It helps me with my English, as well as learning more about British culture.” 
She also won several awards at the A-level Star Awards, including the Further Maths and Physics Awards. Her Physics tutor said: “Emma's thirst for knowledge, her self-motivation to improve and achieve her maximum potential and her work ethics are outstanding. Emma achieved a Silver Award on the AS Physics Olympiad Challenge. Just two marks off a Gold!” Emma also won an award for ‘biggest contribution to college life’.
Coming to live and study in England away from her parents has helped Emma become more independent, preparing her for life at university. She lives with a host family who are very friendly. She has learnt to do things like open a bank account and learnt about British culture and everyday life.
Emma said: “I would recommend Reading College. Living in an English environment and meeting English people every day is far better than being at a language school. If you want to come abroad to study, an Activate Learning college will give you more opportunities to improve your English.”
As a young kid, Yasmine Rasselkaf dreamt of working in science and computing: “When I was 6 or 7, I wanted to be a teacher, but when I grew a little older I used to say to my mum: “I will be an IT engineer". 
Yasmine, who is originally from Algeria, found out about Reading College, part of Activate Learning, through some relatives living in the area. She chose to study ICT Level 3 programme after visiting the campus during an Open Event: ‘I thought the lecturers were great and the atmosphere really welcoming. I was very inspired by it all and, once my course started, I felt well supported by the staff.’
She says: ‘IT is such an exciting industry to work in. You get the chance to participate in creating and developing new technologies, with many exciting career choices after graduation.’ 
As well as achieving her programme qualification, Yasmine wanted to become Cisco certified, a highly regarded industry qualification in networking, a specialism that was completely new to her:  ‘I was a total beginner in networking and I had to learn everything from scratch. However, there is no challenge in education if we truly want to learn … You just need to keep going when things start getting hard. Perseverance is the key to achieving your goals.’
Yasmine is now officially Cisco certified. She also holds the Cisco Certified Networking Associate - Routing and Switching one of the most sought after credentials in the IT industry, and now wants to achieve a Cisco Certified Networking Professional - Routing and Switching. 
Having gained her qualification, Yasmine is now working as a Cross-functional apprentice with Cisco, working alongside different teams in the organisation. This helps her learn new skills and find out which area she would like to work in by the end of her apprenticeship. She has found it a very rewarding and exciting experience: ‘I have real work responsibilities. The next rotation I am starting involves me working in a customer-facing role. This will help me to build a network within the company and with clients.’  Yasmine is balancing her work responsibilities with assignments for a BSc in Digital and Technology solutions and revision for a CCNP qualification.
Yasmine has clear career goals and plenty of focus and enthusiasm to pursue her ambitions: ‘I want to help enhance people's lives by providing good services, and build broad-based knowledge through work. My dream is to become a CEO in the future. I am preparing myself, so when the opportunity comes, I will be ready for it. My goal is to make an impact in our society and to make great changes in the field of computing and in the world.’
“Reading College helped me develop my passion for IT. I would recommend to anyone thinking about studying IT with Activate Learning to go for it. If you are keen to learn and persevere, you will reach your goals. In IT there are plenty of opportunities to succeed if you work hard. ‘
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