FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 21, 2018
New American Center Yangon Opens to Deepen U.S.-Myanmar Ties
Yangon, Myanmar – Seventy years after the U.S. Information Service Library first opened in a former British bank building downtown, a newly-built American Center Yangon opened its doors today at the corner of Inya Road and University Avenue. The new American Center Yangon represents the largest single financial commitment by the U.S. government in an American Center anywhere in the world, demonstrating the strong U.S. commitment to U.S.-Myanmar relations and the friendship between the peoples of both countries. It opened to the public for previews today, with English-language classes starting at 8:00 a.m., library and office hours from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday, and additional hours for special events.
“The American Center has long been synonymous with the U.S. commitment to democracy, peace, prosperity, and human rights in Myanmar. As people in Myanmar have done for seven decades, I hope you come to the new American Center to continue to learn from one another, and to connect with opportunities such as learning English, building skills with new technology, and studying in the United States,” Ambassador Marciel said.
For over 17,000 current library members, English language students, civil society leaders who attend training at the Institute of Political and Civic Engagement, or iPACE, and other visitors, the American Center Yangon has historically been a space to learn, build connections with each other, and bring new ideas to life. The new American Center houses a state-of-the-art library of over 12,000 books – one of the largest in Myanmar – a computer lab, the latest technology for English-language teaching and other training, a presentation hall, café, and free EducationUSA advising sessions available to anyone who wants to learn
more about studying in the United States.
For more information on special events and café hours, stay tuned to the American Center Yangon and U.S. Embassy Facebook pages or call 01 934 5490.