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UNESCO Centre of Excellence for Business Skills Development reinforces private-public partnerships in capacity building.

Executive senior manager U Thet Tun Oo of YSX explaining the stock trading principles to the students

The Centre of Excellence for Business Skills Development (CEBSD), an innovative partnership between UNESCO, PepsiCo and Yangon University of Economics (YUE), has been providing a bridge between the academic and private sectors since its establishment in 2014.

As a continuation of these initiatives, on February 22nd, 2017, the Centre arranged a Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) site visit and hands on learning for the participants of its flagship, ‘Business Skills for Youth’ (BSY) course. U Thet Tun Oo, Executive Senior Manager of YSX, delivered the training, which covered basic principles and functioning of the stock market, and stock trading strategies. The CEBSD/YSX partnership started on November 2nd, 2016 and to date, 61 students have attended the site visit and training at YSX and the programme will be repeated for future intakes of Business Skills for Youth.


BSY students with U Thet Tun Oo, Executive Senior Manager, YSX and Daw Tin Nilar Aye, Partnerships Development Officer at UNESCO

Yangon University of Economic lecturers are the primary trainers on the ‘Business Skills for Youth’ programme at the CEBSD and lecturers attend a range of train the trainer sessions to support them. Last week, YUE lecturers learned how the CEBSD train young BSY participants how to make business presentations.

As the Centre name suggests, the CEBSD takes a ‘skill development’ approach to training BSY students. When it comes to business presentation training, this means trainees are provided with ‘scaffolded’ models of good practice in business presentation, followed by the opportunity to practice. The practical session involves young trainees preparing and delivering a 5-minute presentation on an aspect of Myanmar culture. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neophyte CEBSD presenters receive positive teacher and peer feedback on their presentations, together with some constructive feedback, so they can further hone their newly acquired skills.

One model provided is a 5-minute presentation delivered by the teacher, with an annotated script, which students use as a template for their presentations, another is a video of a Steve Jobs making a presentation. BSY students are highly motivated, and working in teams of 3 or 4, produce high quality presentations on fascinating aspects of Myanmar culture.

YUE lectures at a train the trainer session on presentation skills with UNESCO TVET specialist Frank Storey

A student team from Business Skills for Youth (batch 9) delivering a presentation