Laura Richards, May 2017
Since 2015, I have really enjoyed building nascent links with academic contacts in Myanmar at a number of universities including Dagon, Kalay, Loikaw, Maubin, Myitkyina and Mandalay Universities and the Yangon University of Distance Education, with the support of the eTekkatho Digital Library.
For us, building strong local relationships is essential for both developing our scientific research on the environment and for developing meaningful and effective capacity building programs. The input and insight of local partners gives important context to our research into water quality, water remediation and resource management, facilitates logistical aspects of fieldwork (e.g. access, translation, local transport and field support) and promotes mutual knowledge exchange. Through such partnerships, we and our partners are opened up to many opportunities which would not be otherwise possible and together we become better equipped to address important and challenging research questions. We hope that our collective experience, including of such partnerships in Cambodia (CALIBRE EU-AsiaLInk, UK NERC GOAM) and India (British Council/UKIERI PRAMA) will lead to successful efforts to help meet the challenges of environmentally sustainable development in Myanmar.
Personally, I find it very rewarding to work with academics in Myanmar – their dedication and enthusiasm is very motivating. I hope that by working together, we will improve our shared space in the world by creating new knowledge and building multi-directional capacity.
My colleagues and I are incredibly grateful to the eTekkatho Digital Library team for helping us to make connections and for providing ongoing support, which enables us to make our visions a reality.
Please feel free to contact us for more information ([email protected]).
Academics from Myanmar (Dagon, Loikaw, Pathein and Kalay Universities) and researchers from the University of Manchester (School of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Tyndall Center for Climate Change Research in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering) discussing field work plans in Myanmar after a busy week of workshops and capacity building in Cambodia in December 2016.
Academics from Myanmar (Dagon, Loikaw, Pathein and Kalay Universities; table front right) and academics and students from Cambodia (Royal University of Phnom Penh) attending a capacity building and knowledge exchange event on a UK EPSRC funded “Training for Environmental Research” led by Laura Richards, Helen Downie and Andrew Welfle (University of Manchester) in Cambodia in December 2016.
We have installed the eTekkatho library on the local area networks of our partnering institutions across Myanmar. These are "hotspots" this means if you are in the building at a partner university, you can access the full eTekkatho digital library, including our Special Collections, wirelessly at a broadband speed.
Local hotspots of the eTekkatho digital library have been set up at the following institutions in Myanmar:
- Bago University
- Banmaw University
- Brahmaso Library, Mandalay
- British Council, Mandalay
- British Council, Yangon
- Dagon University
- Dawei University
- Hakha College
- Hpa-An University
- Kalay University
- Lashio University
- Loikaw University
- Magway University
- Mandalay University
- Mawlamyine University
- Myitkyina University
- Myanmar Environment Institute
- National Library, Nay Pyi Taw
- National Library, Yangon
- Pathein University
- Phaung Daw Oo Library, Mandalay
- Sittwe University
- Taunggoke Degree College
- Taungoo University
- Taunggyi University
- University of Medicine, Taunggyi
- University of Distance Education, Yangon
- West Yagnon University
- Yadanabon University
- Yangon University