American University Of Myanmar Crest


The crest of the American University of Myanmar incorporates four symbols and three words. The symbols are: a beacon, the Grey Peacock-Pheasant, the Irrawaddy Dolphin, and a book. The beacon references a comment made by former President Thein Sein that he hoped the American University of Myanmar would serve as a beacon to the government universities of Myanmar. The Irrawaddy Dolphin has a symbiotic relationship with Myanmar fishermen. In the upper reaches of the Irrawaddy River, fisherman signal Irrawaddy Dolphins who respond by driving fish towards nets in which the fish are caught. In return, the dolphins are rewarded with some of the fishermen’s bycatch. The use of the Irrawaddy Dolphin symbolizes cooperation and intelligence. The Grey Peacock-Pheasant is the national bird of Myanmar and symbolizes literary refinement. The book symbolizes education. The three words are integrity, responsibility and civility – three virtues central to the University’s values. They are written in Pali, the language of many of the earliest extant Buddhist scriptures as collected in the Pali Canon or Tipitaka – and thus symbolize some of the ancient roots of knowledge that the University is built on.

The American University of Myanmar crest was designed by Zlatko Urosevic, Graphic Designer and Heraldry Expert, Belgrade, Serbia, E-mail: