UNSW Myanmar Development and Research Forum

The Institute for Global Development at UNSW supported the UNSW-Myanmar Development Forum in Myanmar in February 2019. The Academic Leads, Morten Pedersen and Melissa Crouch, took 16 UNSW academics to Myanmar. The trip included a workshop in Yangon with over 120 attendees including rectors and professors from across disciplines/universities, Austrade, the Australian Embassy, a vast range of INGOs and donors, and civil society organisations. There were two alumni dinners and an inspiring keynote by a UNSW alumni Ms Su Pon Chit who is a disability rights advocate. In Naypyidaw we were well received by about five high level ministerial meetings from the Ministry of Energy, Foreign Investment, Health, and Construction, and dialogue with government officials from departments as diverse as water management to central statistics.  The group met with the new Australian Ambassador who was extremely impressed by UNSW’s long-standing commitment and engagement, from the Kirby Institute’s inspiring work on infectious diseases with University of Medicine, to Engineering’s capacity building work with Yangon Technological University, to UNSW’s Public Health Football for Peace program in Karen State; to the Law Faculty’s collaboration on constitutional literacy. The academic group included Prof David Sanderson and Dr Jayde Lim in built environment; Prof Iain McGill and Iain Skinner in Engineering; and Prof Antony Zwi and Christine Linhart in public health. This trip enhance long-term research and development collaborations in Myanmar .