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Asi@Connect National Launch Event in Myanmar
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2020-01-11
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11 January 2020, Yangon – The research and education community in Myanmar celebrated the official inauguration of

Asi@Connect project. This project seamlessly extends and builds on the successful Trans-Eurasia Information Network 

(TEIN) initiative. The national launch event was hosted by the University of Computer Studies, Yangon (UCSY), 

the Asi@Connect partner in Myanmar.


Talking about the significance of this new project, Mr. Johann Hessee, the head of cooperation of the European Union 
to Myanmar pointed out that: “The EU has long supported people to people connectivity. Asi@Connect, co-funded by 
the EU, is an excellent example of one of the largest regional connectivity initiatives, with the research & education 
communities of 24 Asia-Pacific countries inter-connected by powerful high-capacity, high quality Internet linkages. 
Since TEIN network connection to Myanamr in 2018, the R&E communities in Myanmar benefit from this network 
infrastrucuture as well as human capacity building programs by Asi@Connect project. Asi@Connect is a platform 
for promoting a secure, open and cooperative ICT and research environment between Asia and Europe. We are 
happy to extend the Asi@Connect initiative to Myanmar, which will allow its academic community to get access 
to the world-class research and education networks.”

Mr. Johann Hassee, the head of cooperation of the European Union to Myanmar

Speaking at the event, Union Minister for Education Dr. Myo Thein Gyi said a good environment, encouraging learning, 
training, research and creativity, is being established to expand the abilities of students, youths and lifelong learners in 
the higher education reform processes. Research is the lifeline of a university, and also important to develop a nation’s 
economy and ensure long-term harmonious development, he added. 

Dr. Myo Thein Gyi, Union Minister for Education of Myanmar

 “The official launch of Asi@Connect marks the opening of a major new chapter in research networking across Asia-Pacific,” 
Dr. Mie Mie Thet Thwin and Rector of UCSY said “Asi@Connect will enable the connection of more countries at higher speeds, 
roll out advanced network services and contribute to achieving development goals through improved access to education 
and research resources, thus bridging the digital divide in the region.” 

UCSY is representing Myanmar Research and Education Network (mmREN), the national research and education network 
in Myanmar, as a participating member of TEIN initiative since 2012. The TEIN (Trans-Eurasia Information Network) connected 
to mmREN in December 2018 at a capacity of 45 Mbps and mmREN is actively participating in Asi@Connect project including 
the Call For Proposal awarded programmes. Last November, the video conferencing from University of Medicine, Myanmar
connected through the mmREN link to Kyushu University, Japan.

About mmREN      

The University of Computer Studies in Yangon (UCSY) has been acting as the Myanmar’s national research and education 
network (mmREN). Since 2012, UCSY has contributed to establishing mmREN that is set to become a digital platform for all 
universities in the country. UCSY is one of the leading institutions in Myanmar, fostering research & teaching collaboration and 
information sharing between universities in Myanmar and internationally. Since the beginning of USCY’s engagement in the TEIN 
programme in 2012, several knowledge sharing sessions and capacity building activities for member universities have been 
conducted under theTEIN-4 and Asi@Connect projects. For more information about UCSY, visit http://www.ucsy.edu.mm/