Also: Myanmar’s military government re-opens universities but few students attend
9 May 2021  Issue No: 642
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Myanmar’s military government has this week re-opened universities, colleges and institutes for doctoral courses, masters studies (written test) and final-year undergraduate students, partly to show the country is functioning normally. But only a few students attended, witnesses and student union sources say.
Coronavirus Crisis and HE
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