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The Art of Teaching: Faculty Thoughts

This year, October 5th marks the celebration of the 28th anniversary of World Teachers’ Day, with celebrations taking place worldwide. The theme of this year, 2022, is “The transformation of education begins with teachers,” in respect of the teachers’ determination and diligent efforts during the global pandemic.

During these unprecedented times, with the mode of education transforming from conventional teaching to technical and virtual education, we are consistently in awe of the teachers' resilience and creativity in teaching and inspiring our future generation.

In celebration of World Teachers' Day, we would like to use this opportunity to show our appreciation to all the educators across the globe for their hard work, efforts, and time. Also, a special shoutout to our incredibly dedicated instructors here at Parami, who go above and beyond to provide tremendous support in all aspects of our students’ learning. Parami has welcomed highly accomplished faculty members worldwide to provide high-caliber academic experience and learning opportunities to our undergraduate students. Hailing from diverse academic interests and backgrounds, Parami faculty members are a huge part of what enables the university experience at Parami to fuel our student's academic growth and personal development.

Classes at Parami are dynamic, facilitated by experienced faculty who encourage discussion among students, formulation of logical arguments, and development of well-reasoned opinions. This approach is rooted in the liberal arts and science model of education designed to enable students to pursue diverse interests and become well-rounded individuals. Below are quotes from faculty members of different Academic Divisions expressing their educational philosophies.

“The aim of sustainable development “to empower learners with knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes to make informed decisions and take responsible actions for environmental integrity, economic viability, and a just society.” (UNESCO definition) is very much aligned with Parami’s LAS [Liberal Arts and Sciences] goals. We believe that through our LAS education, Myanmar youths will have the opportunity to develop the kinds of skills, knowledge, and competencies to become lifelong learners and empowered, responsible leaders and citizens of the local and global community.”―Dr. Romina de Jong, Dean of Academic Affairs, Chair of the Division of General Education of Parami University

"Effective teaching and learning can turn difficult problems into riveting questions."―Dr. Win Maw Hlaing Oo, Chair of the Division of Mathematics and Data Science of Parami University

“Your liberal arts education is a vessel. You are at the helm. Navigating this world of ideas is both enthralling and challenging. Eventually, you figure out where you are, where you're going, and discover your own historical responsibility.”—Dr. David Golding, Chair of the Division of Social Studies of Parami University.

“Teaching, for me, is not just a career but an odyssey with continuous learning, through classrooms, from peer educators and the students I am working with. One strategy I always apply with my students is co-creative teaching and learning to give them agency over their learning and helps to develop self-direction, confidence, creativity, and critical thinking skills. Learning from different perspectives from diverse backgrounds while teaching is an honor, privilege, and joy for me.”― Thazin Nyien Kyaw, Faculty of General Education of Parami University

"There's something beautiful in humans that refuses to be reduced to utilitarian machines. We make music; we create art; we love to learn. In today's world that's constantly looking at the bottom line, I teach (and learn) as a way to get back to what it means to be human. We are more than just human capital, and our ethics will shape the places we work and the lives we live. For me, teaching is the art of giving students space to ask these questions about what it means to be human. Like the poet Rilke says, hopefully, by asking these questions, we can one day live our way into the answers." ―Mia Sasaki, Faculty of the Division of General Education of Parami University

“The world is rich, complicated, and fascinating. And the more we explore this richness and complexity, the more the possibilities of human life are expanded. This is why I love teaching and why I love learning. Education is above all about community. It is in a community that we can best get to grips with this richness and complexity. And it is in the community that we can best realize new possibilities for human life. So, this, for me, is the art of teaching: it is the collaborative art of building a transformative, creative community.”— Dr. Will Buckingham, Faculty of the Division of Social Studies of Parami University

“Learn, unlearn, relearn cycle is much more relevant than ever for professionals in the IT and technology field. Keeping up with the trend and industrial practices is the only way to survive in an ever-changing technology world. For me, the art of teaching is the art of creating an environment that empowers an individual learner to find his/her potential to excel by learning, unlearning, and relearning.” — Dr. Myo Thida, Faculty of the Division of Mathematics and Data Science of Parami University Learn about all faculty members of Parami University at

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