Dr. Aung Tun Thet Appointed as Honorary Professor at IAR
Friday, Feb 21, 2014 to Friday, Feb 21, 2014
12pm - 2pm
On February 21, 2014 in Yangon, Myanmar, the Institute of Asian Research bestowed upon Professor Aung Tun Thet the position of Honorary Professor at The University of British Columbia. Vice President Research & International John Hepburn and Professors Yves Tiberghien and Rick Barichello represented the IAR (and UBC) in this nationally televised ceremony and in the presence of the Canadian, Singapore and Indian Ambassadors to Myanmar, several leaders of universities, students, investors and businesses.
The program commenced with a formal speech by Canadian Ambassador Mark McDowell, turning this into a major milestone of Canada-Myanmar relations. The Vice-President of Myanmar, in a message deivered by the Ministry of Commerce, recognized that Professor Thet’s honorary professorship is a great honor to the country.
Professor Aung Tun Thet, the Chief Economic Advisor to the President of Myanmar, is a most important state officer and public intellectual of Southeast Asia today. He is moving between the university and the office of the President linking academic discourses with the public world while charting the reform path of Myanmar. He is highly regarded as a progressive intellectual by citizens of his country and respected by scholars in the region as well as in the western world.
The IAR had the honor of hosting his visit in November 2013, the event of which attracted a large audience from within and outside the university. Prof. Thet’s visit has left us with a wealth of ideas for both immediate and future collaborations, from joint research and development projects to building a Track II ASEAN studies Centre at UBC.
We warmly welcome Professor Thet to The University of British Columbia!
IAR Director Yves Tiberghien would like to thank all those who worked very hard to make this event possible, including Dr Abidin Kusno, Dr Somboon Panyakom, MAAPPS student Dana McCartney, Karen Jew, Marietta Lao, Kerry Ross, Leonel Roldan-Flores, Jonathan Hayes, and Tangerine Twiss.