(31 May 2019) Free and open access to research in Myanmar will grow dramatically as a result of an exciting new project that will establish a national portal for journal articles, theses and dissertations, conference proceedings and other research output from Myanmar universities.
The Myanmar Education Research and Learning Portal (MERAL) is a project of the Department of Higher Education of the Myanmar Ministry of Education, the Rector’s Committee and the National Education Policy Commission (NEPC). EIFL will manage the project, with technical assistance from the National Institute of Informatics (NII), Japan.
MERAL was announced by Professor Zaw Wai Soe, Chairman of the Rectors’ Committee, during the opening ceremony of the Myanmar Universities’ Research Conference 2019 (May 24 – 25), which took place at the University of Yangon. EIFL Open Access Programme Manager Iryna Kuchma presented the project at a round table discussion with policy makers and researchers on 25 May.
Myanmar will be the first country in the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) region to launch a national portal that will collect, disseminate and preserve all research outputs.
EIFL has the annoucement in full.