MINZAS program is a partnership program of Mekong Institute and New Zealand Embassy in Bangkok. The objective of this program is to enhance research capacity of young GMS researchers by providing a structured learning and filed research application program for 36 masters degree students from provincial universities in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Thailand.
Through a comprehensive supports trainings, roundtable meeting, constructive advices from MI advisors including financial supports which are to be and have been provided to scholarship grantees, students research skills and conduction of research deem to be developed. The completed research works will be published in MI Working Paper Series and disseminated to related agents among the GMS.
The MINZAS Program is designed for 3 cycles; each cycle lasts for one year with 4 phases:
- Phase One: Training on Research Methodology
- Phase Two: Implementation of Sub-regional Research in Respective Countries
- Phase Three: Research Roundtable Meeting
- Phase Four: Publication and Dissemination of Students Works in MI Working Paper Series
The research cycle involves:
- One month training course on GMS Cooperation and ASEAN Integration, research development and methodology. The students will produce their research designs and action plans as training outputs;
- Technical assistance and advisory support to MINZAS scholars by experienced mentors and academicians in the course of the research process;
- The scholars will present their research papers in a round table meeting attended by subject experts and their peers;
- Scholars will revise their research papers and improve as necessary, based on experts and peer review during the roundtable meeting;
- Publication of reports as MI working paper series.