The IIA, established in June 2007, was admitted as an associate member of the Association of Theravada Buddhist Universities in March last year.
Myanmar is a country with a majority of its population (about 80 percent) believing in Buddhism. It is estimated that there are over 420,000 monks and over 60,000 nuns within nine sects in Myanmar which have been unified at different levels under the leadership of the government's religious committee.
For nearly 1,000 years, the country has kept Theravada (Little vehicle) Buddhism pure and intact. Buddhist scripture learning centers and other monastic education schools were set up here long ago.
There are five Theravada Buddhist universities and institutes in Myanmar.