The Community Leadership & Research Institute (CLRI), launched in 2020, is a leading-edge program designed to fill capacity gaps which hinder inclusive development. The Institute aims to equip young adults from diverse backgrounds in three key areas – social science, management and leadership, and research. Graduates of CLRI will be prepared to foster a culture of good governance and sustainable development through strong management and evidence-based decision-making.

This course will introduce students to academic reading and writing at an intermediate level. Students will learn to write an essay starting from structuring sentences and then paragraphs. Students will also learn reading strategies and how to summarize and paraphrase academic texts. By the end of the course, students will be equipped with the necessary skills to read and write in preparation for the core subjects at the Community Leadership and Research Institute.

This course will help students develop effective communication and public speaking skills in order to support their coursework at CLRI, including delivery and dissemination of their research findings. Throughout the course, students will examine different communication techniques and approaches. They will learn how to adopt different communication strategies based on the intended communication outcomes and the addressed audience.

This course provides students with the opportunity to explore diversity, equality and inclusion (DEI) and ways in which DEI issues appear in communities and organizations. Students will examine equality and inclusion in the context of gender, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation and gender expression, socio-economic background, and culture. Students will also be able to identify diversity as an asset and consider ways it can add benefit to their work, community and personal lives. 

This course looks at environmental sustainability on three levels: personal, community, and organizational. In this course, students will explore and gain understanding of environmental problems and how they can be addressed at the personal, community and organizational levels, as well as mitigation and adaptation strategies for actions and projects moving forward, i.e., how to be environmentally sustainable. The practical application of the course will result in an environmental impact assessment created by the students relevant to their communities or potential future projects.

In this course students will learn to identify community problems and build relationships and actions to address the problems. Students will learn about motivating and managing volunteers, team building, identifying and creating allies, conflict resolution, and communication strategies. Students will learn from case studies from around the world and will learn about the different models of community organizing and varying levels of influence.
This course will give students the opportunity to design and plan the data collection stages of their research process. It will also discuss security protocols as well as ethical procedures and behaviour to implement people-centred research projects. After attending this course, students will be equipped with comprehensive skills necessary to undertake their field work in the context of Myanmar and its challenges.