The Yangon School of Political Science was founded on September 5, 2011 by former political prisoners. The goal was to create an independent university, while at the same time engaging in the country’s democratic transition process. Through our work, we hoped to create progressive, democratically-minded citizens who would help Myanmar to make the successful transition towards a sustainable democratic future. Since then, YSPS has more than doubled in size, with a core group of people working diligently to research and advocate for solutions to issues of governance and democracy in Myanmar. We have had the opportunity to work with researchers from across the globe on the most pressing difficulties facing our country, and have discussed implementing our solutions with parliamentarians in Naypyidaw.
YSPS provides education on political science to all those who are interested in this fundamentally important topic. We conduct classes, hold seminars and workshops, and work with students and civil society. We engage not only as a political education provider, but also as a politically independent institution which critically assesses the reform process and shares opinions with civil society, political stakeholders, and the international community. YSPS aims to become a formal academic institution with expertise on research-based education with a special focus on political science and democracy.
YSPS has two main organizational structures: the Program team and the Operational team. There are two departments (Education and Research) in the Program team and two departments (Administration and Finance) in the Operational team.
The Education Department is responsible for the “Introduction to Political Science” course, which has now finished its 14th cycle and generated 818 Alumni over 5 years. The department is also responsible for hosting international experts, scholars, distinguished professors from around the world for lectures, seminars and public talks. It developed a master program on “Comparative Politics” in September of 2015. It organizes seminars and lecture programs on current critical issues like constitutional reform and electoral laws and processes. It also engages with the general public both by outreach training programs and a series of public talks, working to enhance networks both inside and outside the country.
The Research Department was formed in August 2014. This department cooperated with the Asian Barometer Survey, based in Taiwan, on the “Myanmar Public Opinion Survey” from August 2014 to April 2015. The preliminary findings of the survey were launched in 2015 August and the final report came out in 2015 December. This department also cooperates with international research institutes to continue looking deeper into both theoretical and practical issues within Myanmar.
Our Mission and Objectives
Our vision is for a liberated humanity in a free and just world – we value liberty, equality, and justice above all else, and keep these values in mind when advocating and conducting research. Our mission is to become an academic institution that can deliver knowledge to transform Burma into a free, just, and tolerant society with informed, empowered, and liberated citizens. We hope to become a leading front in the liberal philosophical movement through continuing to hone and enhance our research.
- To be recognized as a leading Political Science Academic Institution, providing a range of high-level academic course
- To become established as a center of excellence of research
- To maintain teaching excellence through on-going Faculty Development
- To achieve operational efficiency and financial sustainability
- To influence the speed and direction of democratization in Myanmar