National Defence College (Myanmar)

National Defence College (Burmese: နိုင်ငံတော်ကာကွယ်ရေးတက္ကသိုလ်, abbreviated NDC) is a military academy in Myanmar's national capital of Naypyidaw. Opened in 1958, NDC was one of several training facilities opened in the mid-to-late 1950s, the most well known among them being the Defence Services Academy.[1][2] NDC provides post-graduate master's degrees in defence studies to military officers.[2]

National Defence College
Other name
Established1958 (1958)
Parent institution
Ministry of Defence
CommandantZaw Min Latt
Location, ,

Since 1994, NDC has offered one-year courses for officers above the rank of colonel.[2] In 2016, nearly all military MPs appointed to the Amyotha Hluttaw and the Pyithu Hluttaw had nearly all completed master's degrees at NDC.[3]

In April 2023, Zaw Min Latt, the commandant of DSA, became NDC's commandant, replacing Kyaw Shwe Tun.[4]


  1. ^ Aung Myoe, Maung (2009-01-22). Building the Tatmadaw: Myanmar Armed Forces Since 1948. ISEAS Publishing. doi:10.1355/9789812308498-009. ISBN 978-981-230-849-8.
  2. ^ a b c Egreteau, Renaud (2015). "Who Are the Military Delegates in Myanmar's 2010–2015 Union Legislature?". Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia. 30 (2): 338–370. ISSN 0217-9520.
  3. ^ "A quick guide to Myanmar's military MPs". Nikkei Asia. Retrieved 2023-04-03.
  4. ^ "Myanmar Junta Sacks Commander After Heavy Casualties in Karen State". The Irrawaddy. 2023-04-01. Retrieved 2023-04-03.