Professor Laurence Dudley Stamp taught Geography at Rangoon University and the University of London. He authored several books and articles (on Land Use, …). One book is a prescribed text. He lectured to the first year students at LSE (London School of Economics) instead of delegating to his assistants.
His rationale : “A major subject can be taught any qualified teacher, but a minor subject should be introduced by a motivated, senior teacher. The class could be the sole exposure in their academic career; so it is important to give the students a “good overview” of the subject.”
We had to take World Geography and Burmese Geography until the Eight Standard. Contouring, Climatic Interpretation, … are some of topics that we learned.
Dr. Daw Thin Kyi is the first native Professor of Geography. She is also one of the early female Professors at Rangoon University.
I had to work as a volunteer assistant for Saya U Tun Hla Aung, who was in charge of the “Zay Nay Yar Cha Htar Yee Committee” for the Rangoon University Golden Jubilee Celebrations in 1970. Among those who applied for permits include U Maung Maung Tar (Academy winning actor, trying to sell his line of make up) and the Playboys (Than Naing, Thein Tan, …)
Saya Dr. U Win attended UCC before going for his graduate studies in the US. He is an expert on GIS (Geographical Information Systems). Grapevine says that he was the LAST speaker for the conferences held by BRS (Burma Research Society). The higher authorities entered the room and announced that “BRS has been disbanded”.