Building Capacities, Strengthening Regional Ties Through Participating MIYS program
Publish:寇姝燕  Post date: 2019-11-20  Number of visits :1975

    The Mekong Institute Young Scholar (MIYS) program, supported by the Government of the People’s Republic of China under the banner of the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation, offers a six-month structured learning experience and hand-on opportunities to professionals from the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). The program aims to develop the human resource capacity of public institutions involved in the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) development and cooperation initiative.

    During April 28 to October 28, Dr. Shuyan Kou from Yunnan Academy of Agricultural Sciences joined MI as MIYS. There are another six professionals from the public sector in the region. They are Mr. Hongji Ouyang, lecturer at the Yunnan Vocational College of Transportation, in Kunming, P.R. China. Ms. Phonephilom Douangmalalay and Mr. Vithavath Inthivong, both desk officers at the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lao PDR. Ms. Theint Theint Thu is a staff officer at the Union Assembly of Myanmar. Fellow MIYS working are Ms. Aye Aye Aung, deputy staff officer at the Research and Training Department, and Ms. Ei Htet Htet Zaw, upper division clerk, both also working at the Union Assembly of Myamar.

    The launch of the MIYS Program reaffirms the Institute’s position as an inter-governmental organization, whereas all the MIYS firstly attended a week training on basic facilitation skills and regional cooperation concepts to introduce them to the work of MI and the critical skills required. Then based on their interest and background, they were assigned to five different MI departments where they worked as a program officer in the following six months. During the time, MIYS come away with meaningful lessons and experiences through training programs, Mekong Forum, cross-border trade facilitation business trips, and structural learning visits as well. After six months on-the-job activities, the MIYS program manifested in not only increased connections between the young scholars’ institutions but also between MI and their respective organizations.  

    “Generally speaking, the MIYS Program offers a three-way platform for professionals, for MI and for the institutions in the regions. With the learned new skills, the exposure to regional development work and the connectivity established among institutions can pave the way to stronger ties and better cooperation in the future.” Said Dr. Shuyan Kou. 

The members of MIYS 2019 batch 2