- Many universities have “Alumni Relations Department” and “Alumni Association“.
- They have dedicated personnel to reach out to alumni and hold alumni events.
- Notable and successful alumni support their alma mater in various ways. e.g. establish new Departments, Chairs, Research facilities, Mentoring programs, Internships
- After the fateful Coup D’etat in 1962, all organizations (except BSPP and related ones) were banned.
- The practice continued to the Adhamma Era, where our alma mater was branded as “Thabon Kyaung” and the Swel Daw Bins were banished.
- With the dawning of the Pwint Linn Era, steps were taken to bring back the alma mater to former glory.
- In February 2016, U Wynn Htain Oo, U Tin Latt and U Than Htay proposed to U Aye Myint (then Rector of YTU) the establishment of an alumni association. The Rector gladly agreed.
- A “core” group helped with the registration of RIT-YIT-YTU Alumni Association.
- Many alumni were not aware of the association and its objectives
- Only a few (mostly members of the “80000 YaThay”) actively participated in the formative events
- There was virtually no fund to operate (let alone assist the alma mater)
Help and Resolution
Then, things started to click
- An office space for the Alumni Association was provided by YTU
- The association received nice Logo and Banner.
- Donations — large and small — were received (mostly for the YTU Library Modernization Project which is a requirement for the Accreditation).
Donations were received from well-wishers (who are not alumni).
- Membership grew by leaps and bounds.
Even alumni overseas joined the association.
Currently, Life membership costs K60000.
- Saya’s Corner was established.
Wheel chairs are available (especially for use by Sayagyis attending SPZPs).
- Staff and Volunteers helped with the regular and ad hoc projects (such as clean-up).
- The Annual General Meeting (AGM) was attended by alumni spanning three (or so) decades.
Several young alumni came forward to take leadership roles.
- The association helped with
YTU Library Modernization Project,
“Honoring matriculates of alumni”
and the vetting of YTU students applying for financial aid.