Myanmar students gain research skills and experience in Canada

Two young professionals from Myanmar had the opportunity to pursue their passion for research in Canada thanks to a collaboration between the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Myanmar’s primary business and economics school, the Yangon University of Economics (YUE). The collaboration between the universities is part of a broader effort supported by Knowledge for Democracy Myanmar, an IDRC and Global Affairs Canada initiative to nurture a new generation of young actors and increase the use of research to develop evidence-based policy.

In December 2017, Khin Yu Yu Win and Aung Ko Ko, both public administration students at YUE, arrived in Vancouver in the dead of winter to start their semester in UBC’s Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs program. The four-month term in Canada developed the students’ capacity for high-quality research that could ultimately help to guide policy development in Myanmar.