Our Purpose and Vision


Purpose
To create and strengthen sustainable, multi-sectoral, collaborative applied research and capacity building partnerships between Australia and Myanmar, to the mutual benefit of Australian and Myanmar institutions and in a manner that effectively manages capacity constraints in Myanmar, and with the ultimate aim of advancing social and public welfare in both countries. The Institute will do this by facilitating Australian institutions in strengthening the capacity of research, public policy and implementation in Myanmar through collaborative partnerships.

Background

The idea for the Institute was launched through a very successful conference at Melbourne Town Hall in March 2013, with subsequent discussions in Yangon. Deakin University provided the initial support, which was substantial, including housing the administrative functions while allowing governance to be via a board of qualified individuals and representatives from the major collaborating universities and institutions.

A follow-up conference was held in Yangon, in July 2015, organised in partnership with the Myanmar Institute for Strategic and International Studies (MISIS) and hosted by Yangon University. Attendance exceeded all expectations, with 105 papers presented and approximately 400 people in attendance. Speakers came from 15 Australian universities and 8 Myanmar counterparts: The organisers were told that it was the biggest conference ever held at Yangon University.

Discussions are currently under way with government, tertiary and non-government agencies/institutions interested in becoming founding partners, and we welcome expressions of interest in membership or partnership.

AMI has a Memorandum of Understanding with MISIS, a policy think-tank within Myanmar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This MoU provides AMI members with a solid foundation for a strong research and collaborative relationships between institutions in both countries, together with logistical support possibilities.

Program

Amongst other initiatives, AMI will host regular conferences, seminars, workshops and events in Australia and Myanmar, according to member interest, provide a hub for resources, networking and collaboration, and facilitate Myanmar partner leadership and priority-setting.

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Structure

AMI will welcome both individual and organisational members, as well as partner institutions. It will be governed by a multi-institutional board of 9 to 13 directors, including one to represent each of the AMI’s pillars. AMI will also establish an external panel of advisers, comprised of Myanmar experts, by invitation from the board of directors.

We welcome expressions of interest in membership or partnership.

AMI Rules of Incorporation

AMI Rules of Incorporation