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Saya DAG’s Introduction to the History Book

For archive (Updated on February 15, 2019)

I am writing this short introduction to the publication of a book on “History of Engineering Education in Myanmar ” with a happy thought in my mind as it is the first of its kind, and it will become one of the important documents for reference in future for all of us. This publication became a reality because of the time and effort put in by Saya U Soe Paing, Sayagyi U Ba Than, Saya U Aung Hla Tun & team, Ko Hla Min, Ko Htin Myaing and various alumni and teaching staff who contributed among others, articles, memoirs and photos etc for the publication, based on few available recorded documents and from memory. Therefore without any doubt it will need to be improved in later editions.

As far as I know, the engineering education and its institutions started before the World War II by the British colonial rulers based mainly on UK engineering education system . After the World War II, it slowly evolved into a hybrid system, based mainly on inputs from American and Russian engineering education systems, because of the amendments and improvements made by most of the teaching staff, who were trained in USA and Russia. Whatever the case maybe, the engineering institutions produced good engineers and architects who have contributed and are contributing to the development of Myanmar in their various capacities.

I am quite convinced that this publication will not only establish the record of past engineering education in writing, but will also provide the lessons to be learned for improvements in future.

I am glad to note that the Government and authorities are making efforts and are taking steps to develop the country quickly in various sectors . Within this context and with the lessons learned from the brief history of engineering education, I hope that the engineering education institutions will be able to expand and deepen the engineering disciplines to be taught for future needs of the country. Eventually and in the near future I hope that the engineering education institutions in Myanmar will evolve into the institutions of excellence with good teaching staff, good students and good teaching and research facilities. With this hopeful thought I conclude my brief introduction.

Editor’s notes :

  • Due to time and resource constraints, the History book was published mainly in Burmese/Myanmar.
  • U Ohn Khine (M70) translated Section One into English, and summarized Section Two in English. They have been edited by Saya U Soe Paing and posted in my updates.
  • U Ohn Khine and I compiled a Supplemental CD for the History Book. It contained several articles in English (some classic and some new) and photos (some with captions).
  • The book was published in time for SPZP-2012.
  • Saya U Aung Hla Tun has given the copy right of the book initially to YTU and recently to RITAA.
  • Saya is also heading the follow up project known as HMEE-2018. The project will revise the book produced by HMEE-2012 and add additional material.
  • Hope that Dr. Win Zaw (Head of YTU IT Department) and his students can help via student projects.

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