Science competes for attention in Myanmar’s reforms

SciDev.Net

October 4, 2012

[YANGON] Myanmar’s recent and unexpected political reforms have prompted Western powers to ease their longstanding economic sanctions against the country’s military-dominated government.

Change cannot come fast enough for the country’s science community.

The country has a high literacy rate and a long tradition of high-quality medical education, but its academic institutions have declined in recent decades under harsh military rule. Local scientists say the reforms have so far done little to change the education system and the climate for scientific research.

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