Faculty Development Fellows


Faculty Development Fellows

Dr. Moe Moe Aung is an Associate Professor at the Department of Zoology, Mandalay University, Myanmar. She received her BSc (Zoology) in 1991, MSc in 1997, Master of Research in 2001 and a PhD in 2006. She started her teaching career at Mandalay University in 1998 and later taught at Lashio Degree College, Kalay University, Pyay University and University of Yangon. She was appointed an Associate Professor at the University of Mandalay in 2017. She supervised numerous Master and PhD students. Currently she teaches a course on “Environmental Studies and Conservation Management”. She attended intensive training on bat research at Prince of Songkla University, Thailand in 2010 and a Social and Demographic Research Methods Training at Australian National University in 2014, presented on bat taxonomy and conservation in Myanmar at the 3rd International Southeast Asian Bat Conservation Research Conference in Malaysia in 2015. Her current research focuses on Environmental Management and Conservation. She has published in domestic and international research journals. Since 2014, she has been involved in training and development of quality assurance in Myanmar universities and is a member of National Accreditation and Quality Assurance Committee. In this capacity she visited Central European University in 2017 to study the quality assurance system in European universities and attended the 12th European Quality Assurance Forum in Riga, Latvia. She is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Environmental Science and Policy where her research focuses on sustainable water management. E-mail: ­­­­­­­moeaung189@gmail.com

Dr. Khin Zar Htet is a Lecturer in the Department of International Relations, University of Yangon, Myanmar. She obtained BA (IR) in 2004, MA (IR) in 2006 and Master of Research (IR) in 2007 from Dagon University and in 2012  successfully defended her doctoral project on Relations between Myanmar and Sri Lanka (1948-2010) at the University of Yangon. She started her teaching career as a tutor at the Department of International Relations at Dagon University in 2005. Since 2016 she works as a Lecturer at the Department of International Relations, University of Yangon. She has participated in numerous research projects, including Myanmar Buddhist Propagative Activities with China and India (1988-2005), Charting the Summit Diplomacy of Myanmar (2011-2013). She has supervised Masters’ research at the National Defense College in Nay Pyi Taw, the capital of Myanmar, and is currently supervising and co-supervising Masters and Doctoral thesis in International Relations at her home department. She attended a joint one-year diploma program in International Relations and Development by the Johns Hopkins University (USA), Chung_Ang University (South Korea) and the University of Yangon and participated in the Pacific Forum, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS): Inter-agency Awareness and Cooperation Workshop on Strategic Trade Management in Myanmar in 2015. She teaches Political Institutions to undergraduate students and Relations between Major Powers of the World in a postgraduate diploma course. Her areas of interest include foreign policy, diplomacy and foreign relations. Currently, she is a Visiting Research Fellow at CEU Department of International Relations, where she pursues comparative research on foreign relations of the two most recent democratic governments of Myanmar. Email: khinzarhtet123@gmail.com


Dr. Thida Sann is an Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations at the Yangon University of Foreign Languages, Myanmar. In 1998 she became a faculty member at the International Relations Department, University of Yangon, where she also received her PhD in 2009 and remained teaching there until 2015. She published a number of articles in Myanmar Academy of Arts and Science and University Research Journals. She was a participant of a curriculum and faculty development project in Myanmar led by CEU in 2014-16, which helped establish undergraduate Political Science specializations at two major universities in the country. She is a Visiting Research Fellow at the CEU Department of International Relations. E-mail: thidarsann.799@gmail.com


Center for Academic Writing Fellows


Dr. Poe Poe is the Director of National Centre for English Language and Head of Department of English at the University of Yangon. She holds a postgraduate diploma in Applied Linguistics from SEAMEO RELC, Singapore, Master’s Degree in English from University of Mandalay and a PhD from the University of Yangon. In 2014 she was a US-ASEAN Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She has been working in the field of English language teaching for nearly thirty years as a teacher, trainer, researcher, coordinator and organizer and she sees her mission in promoting the teaching and learning of English in Myanmar at all levels. Currently she teaches and supervises Master’s and doctoral degree students of the Department of English at the University of Yangon. She has organized and conducted a number of training programs, workshops, seminars and conferences to enhance the capacity of Myanmar English teachers in collaboration with local, regional and international ELT organizations. She is involved in designing curricula and syllabi of English language and literature courses and development of teaching materials for both basic and tertiary education. She has conducted numerous research projects and presented papers at ELT conferences including the annual ELT conferences organized by the British Council in Myanmar. Her interests lie in the fields of English language teaching methodology, use of modern technology in language teaching, and professional development. E-mail: poepoe1966@gmail.com

Dr. Thanda Soe is a professor of the Department of English at the University of Mandalay, Myanmar. She has been involved in English language teaching for over 30 years, working as a teacher, teacher trainer and supervisor, in a range of ELT contexts in Myanmar. She earned a master’s degree (MA, Linguistics and Literature) from Mandalay University in 1990 and a doctorate in Applied Linguistics from Yangon University in 2007. Her teaching and research activities at Mandalay University focus on applied linguistics, with particular attention to Language Teacher Cognition, Discourse Analysis and Academic Writing. She was a Research Fellow at CEU in 2014, attended a CEU Summer University course on Student-Centered Learning in 2017, and was a Fellow at the Bard College (USA) Language and Thinking Program. Her research and development work currently focuses on Contemporary Trends and Challenges of English Language Teaching in Myanmar and Academic Writing in Social Sciences. E-mail: thandarsoemg@gmail.com 

Dr. Tin Moe Yi is a lecturer at the Department of English at the University of Mandalay, Myanmar. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. degree in English from Mandalay University. Her doctoral dissertation topic is Gender Representation in Myanmar Short Stories, for which she received a PhD degree from Mae Fah Luang Unversity in Thailand in 2016. Currently she teaches Literature and Translation and Interpretation to undergraduate students, Research Methodology and Error Analysis to postgraduate students of English at Mandalay University. She has been teaching English language to non-native speakers, specializing in English majors for about 16 years in Myanmar and supervised numerous Masters’ students in their research and thesis writing. Her research interests lie on the intersection of sociolinguistics and gender, she published two articles on gender-related subjects in international journals. E-mail: tinmoeyi73@gmail.com


Ms. Mya Mya is a Lecturer at the National Centre for English Language. She has been working as a university teacher for 22 years. She has been responsible for teaching ESL Methodology to postgraduate students, teacher training in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, as well as teaching research writing to undergraduate students. She has been responsible for supervising term papers and Master’s theses. She received her BA (Hons) degree in English in 1994 from Yangon University, Diploma in English Language Teaching in 1996 and a Master's degree in English in 2000. She also attended the English Teaching Methodology and Techniques course at the Myanmar-Singapore Training Centre, Certificate of Proficiency in English Level II course in Myanmar-India Centre for English, Cascade Training on the Enhancement of AUN-QA System Implementation in Myanmar Universities, TF-RELC English Language Training Program for Teacher Leaders in Myanmar at the RELC, Singapore and an online AE E-Teacher course, Teaching English to Teens, offered by University of Maryland Baltimore County. As part of a group project, she has written on Designing an ESP Course for Air Hostesses in Myanmar.  Her professional interests lie is teaching Methodology, course-book evaluation and development of teachers’ professional skills. Her current research paper involves the evaluation of English for Business courses offered in BA (EPP) program in Myanmar. E-mail: d.myamya@gmail.com

Ms. Thida Soe has been working as an English Language teacher for the Ministry of Education, Myanmar and teaching English as a foreign language to university students for nearly 21 years. Currently a lecturer at the National Centre for English Language, Myanmar, she is responsible for giving lectures, doing translation work and supervising M.A. candidates (English specialization) in writing their theses. Over the past five years, she served as an instructor in English Language Courses for Higher Education Teachers of non-English specializations and also in the Up-skilling Programme for Freshly Appointed Tutors of English. She earned an M.A degree from the University of Yangon and a Diploma in English Language Teaching from the same university. Her area of professional interests is teaching literature and academic writing. She is involved in developing literature curriculum for B.A. (Honours) in English and actively contributes to extracurricular activities for developing English language skills of students, together with teachers from AVI (Australian Volunteers International). She is attending a first-year Ph.D. course at the University of Yangon and plans to write her doctoral thesis on feminist writing and feminist stylistics. E-mail: thidasoe6782@gmail.com



Thomas Bussen has an undergraduate degree in International Business, and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Saint Louis University.  He also earned a Juris Doctor (JD) from Saint Louis University with a specialization in International and Comparative Law, as well as a post-graduate Certificate in Ethics and Compliance Management. Tom is an Assistant Professor at the School of Entrepreneurship and Business Administration at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. He has taught business ethics, leadership, business legislation, business law, corporate governance and dispute resolution.  He previously taught at Saint Louis University’s School of Business, and served as a guest speaker at universities throughout the Kyrgyz Republic. Tom has studied corruption in the higher educational system of the Kyrgyz Republic, cross-national judicial independence, and published a law journal article on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He is the co-author of the book, Compliance Management: A How to Guide for Lawyers, Executives and Other Professionals, and is now co-authoring Good to Great, a cross-cultural leadership book.