The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) consists of Cambodia, China (Yunnan & Guanxi Provinces), Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.
The Greater Mekong Subregion Academic and Research Network (GMSARN) is composed of eleven of the region's top-ranking academic and research institutions. GMSARN carries out activities in the following areas: human resources development, joint research, and dissemination of information and intellectual assets generated in the GMS. GMSARN seeks to ensure that the holistic intellectual knowledge and assets generated, developed and maintained are shared by organizations within the region. Primary emphasis is placed on complementary linkages between technological and socio-economic development issues.
-To enhance the roles and functions of regional academics in project evaluation and development planning in order to achieve the region's truly self-reliant
and sustainable development.
-To foster multi-disciplinary research and academic development within and among academic and research institutions in the GMS through relevant joint activities.
-To formulate and resolve, scientifically and objectively, complex problems covering both cross-border issues and issues that are common to GMS countries.
-To take stock of intellectual assets developed for the GMS so as to ensure transparently accessible reference and utilization among the GMS countries.
GMSARN undertakes the following activities:
Activities for human resources development cover short courses, workshops, visiting research fellowships, postgraduate degree programs, including establishing new programs and upgrading existing ones by making the best use of information technologies. Priority emphasis is placed on environmental management, infrastructure planning and management, information technology, and the development of small and medium-sized enterprises.
Activities for joint research include but are not limited to the following issues: environmental issues, infrastructure issues, socio-economic issues, database issues, and conflict resolution and management; and research on decision-making processes.
Information and intellectual assets generated are disseminated using Internet technology, thus enabling easy access and sharing by all GMSARN partners. The GMSARN website has been developed to serve this purpose.
All funding possibilities from national, international and bilateral funding sources, educational and scientific organizations in the region, regional funding agencies, and the private sector, are being explored for financial support to promote regional research, cooperation, and development.