This summer, the 19 students of the initial training course at the Myanmar Journalism Institute (MJI) obtained their diplomas. Thirteen of them have already been hired by local editorial offices.
The students of this first graduating year at the Myanmar Journalism Institute ( MJI) received their diploma at the end of a ten-month apprenticeship in journalism in Yangon. They all benefitted from a grant awarded by France to support them in these studies.
During a ceremony in Yangon on 21 July 2016, they were congratulated by several Myanmar media representatives. The Vice-President of the National Press Council expressed his encouragement to them, emphasising the crucial role that they will play for the country in the years to come.
" Journalism is more than a job, it's a vocation. You are now ready to face it in order to help build a better future for our country", he stated.
Christian-Ludwig Weber-Lortsch, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Yangon, also spoke on behalf of the international partners of the MJI and expressed his congratulations to all the graduates:
" As Albert Einstein said, the search for truth is more precious than its possession. Today, you are receiving your diploma, which shows that you have passed the first test. From now on, you will have to put into practice the lessons that you have learned. For the good of your great country and that of the citizens of Myanmar".
During the ceremony, the young graduates presented the reports produced during summer workshops organised in June 2016 in the Myanmar capital, Naypyidaw.
Since July, thirteen of them have been recruited by local media organisations, mainly in audio-visual editorial offices. One of them has chosen to start a career as a freelance journalist for different Myanmar media organisations.