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Interview With Alexey Naumov Principal/CEO of Myanmar Noble College.

Name : Alexey Naumov

Position : Principal/CEO of Myanmar Noble College

Alexey NauMov is the principal and CEO of Myanmar Noble College. The college was established in 2011. In order to create a world class learning experience and the opportunity for young people to earn internationally recognized qualifications they offer UK HND foundation courses and higher National Diploma HND courses in business, engineering and computing. They are also an affiliated centre of the University of West England (Bristol), University of Portsmouth, PSB academy, MDIS and TMC Academy (Singapore). Myanmar Noble College has been approved by Edexcel, UK.


Could you tell me your names and position in this college?

My name is Alexey Naumov and I am the Principal/CEO of Myanmar Noble College.

Can you tell us a little about your background?

I am from Russia and a former diplomat. I have a diplomatic rank of Second Secretary. I used to serve as a diplomat in Vietnam and Myanmar. After that I moved to education sector and never regretted about that. My previous experience helps me a lot in performing my current duties.

When was your college founded?

Myanmar Noble College was established in 2011 in order to offer a world class learning experience and the opportunities to earn internationally recognized qualifications to people in Myanmar, youth in particular.

Could you tell me about your duties and responsibilities?

My role as the Principal is to develop policy relating to teaching and learning, provide leadership, direction and co-ordination within the college. My function is to support and assist the college in meeting its overall objectives and the needs of individual students. My main focus is to develop and maintain effective educational programs within the college and to promote the improvement of teaching and learning within the college. I strive to create a climate which fosters student and teacher growth and development.

How Many students do you have?

Currently we have around 300 students. Totally around 1000 students graduated from our college.

How many staff and teachers do you employ?

We have more than 80 lecturers and 50 administrative staff.

What kinds of course do you offer?

We offer UK HND Foundation Courses and Higher National Diploma (HND) courses in Business, Engineering (civil, mechanical, electrical & electronics) and Computing. Myanmar Noble College has been approved by BTEC Pearson, UK and functions under its guidance and support. As well we are an affiliated center of the University of the West of England (Bristol), University of Portsmouth, PSB Academy, etc.

What benefits does your college offer to students?

After 2 years HND courses, students can either proceed with obtaining a foreign Bachelor top-up degree or enter the workforce market. Tell us about your plans for the future. We have very ambitious future plans as we are expending our programs. In July we are launching Level 3 90-credits Diploma from BTEC Pearson for all our majors, which will give a profound knowledge for those students, who could not succeed in matriculation exam and Grade 9 graduates, and wish to proceed with HND in the future. As well in September we are opening Bachelor top-up programs in business and civil engineering, partnering with one of the leading universities in UK.

How do you encourage responsibility in your staff and students?

I always encourage them to think positively. As students always look at their teachers as role-models. Do you staff and teachers have the opportunity to do what they do best every day? Our teachers and staff are very passionate about their job. It’s a big inspiration for me to see my team members happy.

How did your college get to where it is today?

It was a long challenging journey of more than 6 years. But the journey is not over. We still have lots of things to do to prepare well-qualified human resources for modern Myanmar. How do you communicate strategy to the team? Proper communication is very important for development of any company. We hold regular weekly meetings with a team. During these sessions we do brainstorming, exchange views and ideas. I do believe it is very important for me a leader to maintain a healthy team spirit among my team members.

How are you planning to overcome the difficulties you are facing?

As I have mentioned previously, I do not like a word “difficulties”, I prefer a word “challenges” instead. I believe by concentration on our team work, giving all our efforts, and maintaining positive thinking will help us to overcome any challenges.

What are your college’s main objectives over the next few years?

We aim to grow, open new interesting and life inspiring programs for students. As well at the same time we always pay a lot of attention to quality assurance.

What are the greatest obstacles for your college this year?

The private education sector is booming nowadays and competition is tough. Every year more and more colleges and schools are opened in Yangon. However, competition is a good factor as it keeps us energized, creative and innovative.

Is it a culture where ideas and criticism welcome?

Yes, definitely. I advocate for an “Open door” policy, which means that any staff and student are able to communicate their ideas, suggestions and concerns without any hesitation. It keeps us moving forward.

What are your college’s core values?

Excellence, ethics, respect and service. We continuously improve and strive for excellence in our work. We carry out our works and duties guided by ethics. We respect different views and ideas. We take pride in the services we provide. We aspire to be lifelong learners.

What do you think of Myanmar today?

The country is changing and it is amazing to see inspiration in the eyes of Myanmar People. I have been living here for more than 5 years already and have witnessed the transition period. But I am really glad to see that despite the fact that the country is changing, Myanmar people preserve their rich culture, traditions and national identity.

What would be your advice for someone who wants to join in the college?

Be passionate about your job. If you want to achieve success, you need to have passion and drive.[/paypal]