Centre of Excellence for Business Skills Development Launch Phase III: continuing to enhance the capacity building of Myanmar youth

Graduates, YUE rector and professors, PepsiCo senior staff and UNESCO Myanmar staff at the launch. Photo: UNESCO Myanmar

On Friday 3rd February, the Centre of Excellence for Business Skills Development (CEBSD) launched phase III implementation of the project ‘Strengthening of Business Skills for Youth Employment in Myanmar’. The project was the first public-private partnership programme between the Ministry of Education, UNESCO and PepisiCo when it was first implemented in June 2014.

Opening the day’s events, Dr. Khin Nain Oo, Rector of the Yangon University of Economics (YUE) delivered opening remarks in which she highlighted the enthusiasm and participation of the University and its staff for this project. She also welcomed the innovative partnership approaches of the Centre’s programmes, which equip Myanmar youth to successfully establish themselves in industry.

Mr. Adel Garas, President of PepsiCo Asia Pacific, spoke of the success stories that came out of the Centre. He congratulated the CEBSD student team, which came as 1st runner up and 3rd runner up at the national and regional level at the Mekong Business Model Challenge. Mr. Garas said, “Myanmar is an emerging market with great potential, and the country’s economic progress will be enhanced by developing practical and technical skills to increase employment. The Center of Excellence for Business Skills Development addresses this issue by providing the training necessary for individuals, especially young people, to compete in today’s economy. PepsiCo is proud to be a part of this initiative and play a positive role in the country’s growth.”

Dagny Fosen, the Deputy of UNESCO Myanmar, said, “UNESCO Myanmar is very grateful that support for innovative approaches in skills development among Myanmar youth will continue thanks to PepsiCo in partnership with the Yangon University of Economics. The ongoing partnership provides a space for young people to grow professionally, to learn from each other, and to connect with different business partners.”

unct_mm_unesco_news_14 Feb 17-1Mr. Sanjeev chadha engaging in the question-answer session with one of the young graduates from the Hospitality Management Programme. Photo: UNESCO Myanmar

Sanjeev Chadha, CEO, PepsiCo Asia, Middle East and North Africa, and Adel Garas, President, PepsiCo Asia Pacific, reconfirmed PepsiCo’s focus on promoting economic development in Myanmar through investing in education, building human capital, and enabling opportunities for employment.

To date, seven courses have been developed and delivered to more than 670 students. Courses cover topics such as Business Skills for Youth, English for the Business World, Retail Management and Hospitality Management. Additionally, more than 80 businesspeople and leaders from the local and international community in Yangon have engaged with the Centre as speakers, moderators, and workshop facilitators, including nine executives from PepsiCo. 

For more information about CEBSD, its activities and courses, and partnership opportunities, please contact Ms. Tin Nilar Aye, Partnerships Development Officer, UNESCO Myanmar, tn.aye@unesco.org, and visit the website: www.cebsdmyanmar.org and Facebook page https://m.facebook.com/cebsmyanmar