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Rangoon University Centennial Facebook Group

There are close to 30000 members spanning several generations.

There are some Burmese who lived beyond 100.

U Ba Toke

Sayagyi U Ba Toke is a Phwa Bet Taw of Rangoon University and the First RU Students Strike in December 1920. Sayagyi was interviewed by the media last year. Sayagyi played soccer. He was active in RU Sports Council along with Saya William Paw. He led the Burma Olympic Contingent to Tokyo Olympics in 1964. Sayagyi was physically active in his early 80s, but Jaya took over and his health declined. He still has a sharp mind.

U Tin U and U Ba Than

My cousin U Tin U entered Rangoon University in 1946 along with Dr. Pe Nyun and Dr Pe Thein. They represented RUBC at the Independence Day Regatta in Kandawgyi and became RUBC Gold. U Tin U and Dr Pe Nyun are Past Captains of RUBC. Dr. Pe Nyun and Dr. Harry Saing (Htut Saing, RUBC Captain and Gold, ARAE Champion in 1958 and 1960, Multiple sports athlete : Rowing, Hockey, Cricket, Track and field, Soccer) performed the first surgery on conjoined twins (Ma Nan Soe and Ma Nan San) in Burma. Sadly, Dr. Pe Nyun passed away in Canada and Dr. Harry Saing passed away in Hong Kong. Sports and academic co-existed in the early days.

Another cousin U Ba Than joined RU in 1947. He retired as Professor of Mechanical Engineering. His contemporaries include Dr. Myint Soe (Lawyer, founder of Burma Club in Singapore).

U Aung Khin

U Aung Khin joined RU in 1948. Per advice of his uncle Professor U Po Tha (Chemistry) he studied Engineering at RU and at Lehigh University. He retired as Professor of Mechanical Engineering and moved to Canada.

RIT Rectors and Professors

Dr. Aung Gyi, U Min Wun, U Maung Maung Than (GBNF) and U Khin Aung Kyi joined RU in 1949. They were selected as State Scholars to US to pursue undergraduate and graduate studies in the US under the “Twinning Program” initiated by Sayagyi U Ba Hli, first native Dean of Engineering. Dr. Aung Gyi, U Khin Aung Kyi and U Maung Maung Than retired as Rector of RIT. U Min Wun retired as Professor of Civil Engineering.

HMEE

HMEE-2012 covers the History of Myanmar Engineering. It was published in 2012. Ko Ohn Khine and I compiled a CD supplement for the book.

Newsletter and Memories

Since April 1999, I have posted news and updates in RIT Alumni International. I also wrote “Memories of UCC”, “Memories of RUBC” and about my alma mater and mentors (starting from KG).

Second SEAP Games

In December 1961, twenty or so RU students represented Burma at the Second SEAP Games. Many won Gold Medals. Tun Mra, Kyaw Mra and Soe Mra won the 4×100 m relay, Hurdles and Pole Vault. Richard Yu Khin won a Gold for Yachting. Mao Toon Siong was National Champion in Singles and Doubles for Table Tennis. He competed in the World Championship in Beijing. He later served as National Coach. Kyaw Mra retired as National Coach for Track and Field. He is GBNF.

Saya Nyein (Soccer)

Saya Nyein is an alumni of Dio. He coached RU First Eleven. For the RU Diamond Jubilee, he recorded the highlights of RU Sports along with Tun Mra, Myo Nyunt and other RU / Burma Selected. The program was produced by BERB (Burma Education Research Bureau). RU Soccer played in the First Division at Aung San Stadium. It won several events and produced Burma Selected (e.g. Chan Tha, Tun Kyi, Kenneth Shein, Aung Khin)

Collegian Nay Win and Aung Tin became movie actors (thanks in part to Saya Nyein and U Chin Sein / Shwe Nyar Maung).

Saya U Sein and extended family

Saya Dr. Soe Win (Retired Rector, YUFL) invited me to the group. He stood First in Burma in the Matriculation of 1958 from St. Paul’s High School. Robert Sein stood second. Saya’s father Saya U Sein taught us Burmese at SPHS. Saya’s uncle Saya U Kyaw Sein taught us as a Relieving Saya at SPHS. Saya U Thet Lwin (Maung Ngwe Hlinne, composer of “Mya Kyun Nyo”) was a student of Saya Sein at SPHS.

During our visit to Yangon, Saya and Sayama Daw May Saw Lwin invited us to their 49th Anniversary Lunch at Saya San Shwe Bei. They tied the knot around the RU Golden Jubilee in 1970. They will celebrate their Golden Jubilee around the RU Centennial.

Saya was a classmate of my cousin and brother-in-law at SPHS and my sister at RU.

Saya’s elder son Ko Aung Mon was active in RIT and EE activities in Singapore. He and his spouse Dr. LMY (daughter of H.E. U Khin Maung Yin) were present at the Lunch gathering. They are among the donors for COVID-19 relief operations. He is a founding member and Moderator of the group.

Saya’s younger son Dr. Nyi Thet Lwin (founder / admin) invited me to be a Moderator. His daughter scored distinctions in all subjects in the proficiency test.

Moderator / Contributor

I wrote 30+ “Overview of Posts” and posted several albums before taking a vacation to Singapore and Myanmar. I was invited to attend the 5th Irrawaddy Literary Festival in November 2019 and join the PSA (Public Speakers Association) 2020 Tour in January 2020.

Distinguished Members

I am glad to see the growing number of active members, a variety of posts spanning several generations and photos (especially rare ones).

Two elder members have distinguished careers and also have excellent memories and communication skills.

Saya Dr. Maung Maung Nyo’s posts cover not only outstanding RU alumni but also timely topics like COVID-19.

Dr. Daw Khin Kyi (OG)’s account of her father Justice U Bo Gyi (Vice Chancellor), her brother U Sein Hla (MIT alumnus, Registrar of BIT) and her colleagues and friends are interesting and informative.

I love history and story telling. I was a Docent at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

I am extremely honored to receive good feedback / comments from two “Maung Nyo” : Saya Dr. Maung Maung Nyo and U Win Thein (who also blogs as Padamyar Winhtein).

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