Thursday, September 21, 2017

MCC plans $2m campus in cyber city

Myanmar Computer Company (MCC) announced last week that it intends to spend US$2 million building a training campus in Yadanarbon cyber city in Mandalay Division, starting in September.

U Tin Win Aung, the company’s chairman, said it will build the campus on a 64-acre block within the city’s designated training zone.

“We already have a training institute open within incubation centre No 3 and we plan to build our own campus. We are drafting a design, clearing the land and expect to start construction in September,” he said.

He said that the construction project will be implemented in four phases, which are expected to be completed in June, 2012.

The first phase will include two training buildings and two dormitories.

The training buildings will have two storeys and will be 86 feet (about 16 metres) long and 72 feet (about 22m) wide, while the dormitories, which will be able to accommodate about 50 students, will measure 116 feet (about 35m) by 34 feet (10m).

“The second and third phase will include four training buildings, two dormitories and one multifunction hall,” he said.

The fourth phase will add another two training buildings and a software centre. He said that when the whole site is complete the campus will be able to accommodate about 1600 students.

MCC started its Yadanarbon cyber city operations in December 2008 and is currently offering international diploma courses in computer studies through the National Centre of Computing (NCC) in the United Kingdom, which is equivalent to the first year of a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Business IT, offered by the University of Greenwich.

The first group of 41 students, from 18 cities throughout Myanmar, began last month and a second batch will begin their studies in September.

The course charges are K3.5 million per year, with a laptop provided to each student. However, this fee does not include examination charges levied by NCC.

“Our institute aims to produce the human resources needed for workplaces within the cyber city and we plan to extend our courses to other areas [beyond computing studies] when we have completed the campus,” U Tin Win Aung said.

He said that the company plans to offer a range of undergraduate to postgraduate study programs and is negotiating with some private education organisations from UK, India, Singapore and Japan to offer courses such as telecommunications, mechatronic engineering, electronics and business management.