Government Partnerships for Development program
The Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is funding Australian universities to undertake capacity building activities in developing countries through its Government Partnerships for Development program. The Australian National University and University of Yangon partnership is facilitated, in part, by the ANU Myanmar Research Centre, which has responsibility for facilitating:
- Reciprocal Academic Visitor Program
- PhD Supervision Workshops
The following ANU scholars have been working under the program:
Eindra Aung and Darren Gray
Research: looking into the prevalence of soil-transmitted helminthiases (STH) in schoolchildren in selected areas in Myanmar, and explore their knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) regarding STH infection and control. Working with the University of Yangon’s Department of Zoology/
Research: studying the active tectonic processes and earthquake hazards in Myanmar. Working with the University of Yangon’s Department of Geology.
Van Kien Nguyen
Research: building capacity to study environmental and social research in rural development in Myanmar. Working with the University of Yangon’s Department of Geography.
Research: developing a research repository, modeled on the ANU Open Research repository. Working with the University of Yangon’s Department of Library and Information Studies.
Research: collaborating on a “science circus” program which combines staff training through science outreach programs for schools, teachers and the community. Working with the University of Yangon’s Department of Physics.
Since 2010, New Mandala has been reporting Myanmar’s elections. In 2015, more than 50 blog posts covered the November general election. The series, Myanmar Votes 2015, covered a diverse range of topics, including electoral campaigning; political participation; party dynamics; ethnicity; gender; conflict; religion; foreign relations; rule of law; and civil-military relations. New Mandala has a forthcoming publication with ANU Press from this blog series.
Following the elections, on 13 November 2015 a closed-session roundtable was held at University of Yangon’s Department of International Relations in collaboration with The Australian National University’s Myanmar Research Centre. The session was attended by over 30 foreign and Myanmar scholars, journalists and electoral advisors who shared their thoughts and experiences with Myanmar’s November 8 2015 election.
Discussions formed the basis of the following paper, ‘The Meaning of Myanmar’s 2015 Election’, released in December 2015.
‘The meaning of Myanmar’s 2015 election: summary paper [PDF, 15MB]’ (English language)
‘The meaning of Myanmar’s 2015 election: summary paper [PDF, 9.1MB]’ (Myanmar language)
New Mandala has been reporting Myanmar’s elections since 2010. See also ‘Burma votes 2010’