RU Centennial (19)

Update : June 13, 2020 (Updates are shown in bold italics.)


  • As of October 11, 2019, there are 4700+ members.
  • Dr. Nyi Thet Lwin (Admin of the Group) has organized the posts by Popular Topics.
  • U Aung Mon (Moderator of the Group) has used Translation Software to convert posts (using Unicode compliant fonts) to Zawgyi and vice versa.
  • The Internet users in Myanmar are strongly urged to use Unicode compliant software.
  • There are some fonts which are hybrid. They can render Unicode almost perfectly, but Zawgyi with an accuracy of 80-90%.
  • Due to inertia, and the curve needed for retraining, the transition from Zawgyi to Unicode will take time, effort and explanation of cost-benefits (especially to the older users).

    There are 30000+ members.

Selected Comments (from the Posts)


  • Nation newspaper was first newspaper that was ordered to close after the Coup d’etat. Other newspapers closed mostly by order.
    U Law Yone was detained. He later moved to Bangkok and published the Nation newspaper. He finally settled in USA.
  • Four old newspapers and two newspapers were controlled by the Government.
    They were allowed to select news that have been vetted and/or translated by News Agency Burma (NAB).
    NAB was headed by U Ohn Pe (Tet Toe). He was succeeded by U Kyaw Min (Min Kyaw Min).
  • There were several pamphlets during the first anniversary of 7th July. The schools were closed and a new Education system was implemented in November 1964.
    7th July 1962 was a Dark Day in the history of RU and Burma. The Anniversary protests ended in the schools being closed for a long time. Exceptions were given to medical and engineering classes.
  • Readers of the RASU Annual Magazine for 1975 -76) came up with several hidden messages (probably much more than intended by the artists and designers).
  • The censorship intensified in the later years.
  • My articles had to be approved by three Chief Editors of the newspapers (two Burmese and one English).
    There were six newspapers. The Chief Editors were formed into two groups.
  • My poem for the Sar So Day Nay was accepted by the Assistant Editor in charge of the Supplement. She showed me the preview (block ready to be printed). The higher authorities refused to give the green light since my poem referenced Ananda Thuriya’s epic work “Dhammata”.
    There were taboos (e.g. references to the sun, especially the setting sun).


At the centennial celebrations of some universities, the alumni and staff were asked to nominate events and people to be honored as the 100 items associated with the school. The members could propose a list of items about their alma mater.

Photos from the RU Silver Jubilee

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  • Philosophy means love of wisdom.
  • Ph.D. is awarded as a highest degree for most disciplines.
  • M.Phil is awarded at some universities.
  • Several students who could not get their choices due to unfavorable ILA scores were directed to study Philosophy.

Decline of Kyat

  • In the mid-1960s, the scholarship and stipend holders received 75 kyats a month (60 kyats after paying the school fees). Those who stayed at hostels had to pay about 57 kyats a month. One kyat could get long bus rides, decent food, comics, cartoons.

Early Sayas

  • Some mathematicians served as Pyinnya Mingyi and wrote textbooks for middle and high schools.
  • The early registrars include Saya U Htin Si, Saya U Yu Khin and Sayama Daw Sein Sein.
    After retirement, Saya U Yu Khin helped establish IFL (Institute of Foreign Languages) and served as Principal.
    Sayama Daw Sein Sein served as Director at the Directorate of Higher Education.
  • Dr. Htin Aung was the first native Rector. Other early rectors include Dr. Hla Myint, U Kar, Dr. Tha Hla and Dr. Maung Maung Kha.
    Dr. Htin Aung and Dr. Hla Myint moved to UK.
    Dr. Tha Hla served as UN Advisor in several countries.
    Dr. Maung Maung Kha has the longest tenure among the Rectors.

  • Saya U Ba Toke played soccer and later managed the soccer team and the Burma Olympic team. Saya U Ba Toke liked to share his memories, but his health declined after turning 90. He was born in December 1920 and is a Phwa Bet Taw of Rangoon University and the first RU Student strike.
    Saya was Deputy Chair of the RU Sports Council in the early 1960s.
    His life journey is covered in the book by Tekkatho Maung Thin Char (Dr. Khin Maung Swe).
  • Dr. Hla Thwin was Professor of Psychology.
    He is the father of U Mya Thwin (Phillip, EP75).
    Saya was a member of the RU Sports Council. He was in charge of RU Soccer.
  • Dr. Maung Shein was Lecturer of Economics before becoming Deputy Minister.
    Saya also worked for the World Bank.

Main Campus

  • Some are blessed to be born or raised on the campus.
  • Some are honored to call the campus their home.
  • I only had the chance to visit the houses of some sayas.

Dr. Richard Yu Khin posted a photo of “Bagan Lann Residents” (children of Sayas U Yu Khin, U Myo Min, U Thein Han and U Wun).

Saya Kha

  • [Alvin Oke Soe Kha] : I experienced first hand when Uncle U Ba Kyi sang ”ႏွစ္ ေယာက္ ထဲ ေန ျခင္တယ္” and my father Dr. Maung Maung Kha accompanied uncle on violin.
  • There were fund raisers to hold Centennial celebrations for Saya Kha. Saya U Oo Khin Maung and Sayama Daw Thida were volunteer organizers along with several others.
  • Photo of “Saya Kha Hall”.
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  • RIT Grand Reunion and Saya Pu Zaw Pwes were held in USA in 2000, Singapore in 2002, 2007 and 2010, Yangon in 2004, 2012 and 2016.

    SPZP-2020 was scheduled to be held in December 2020. Has not received any update if there are changes.

Old Paulian Burmese Sayas

  • Maung Ngwe Hlinne is the pen name of Saya U Thet Lwin, who taught Burmese at the Institute of Economics and later transferred to RIT as Registrar.
    He is a pianist and composer. He received remuneration for his Dat Pya for “Mya Kyun Nyo Nyo Kun Yeik Kho”, and he treated his fellow Ah Nu Pyinnya Shins.
    He was interviewed on the TV.
  • [Saya Dr. Soe Win] : My father Saya Sein was U Thet Lwin’s Burmese teacher at St. Paul’s High School.
  • Saya U Than Aung (father of U Dway, U Aung and U Cho) taught Burmese in the early days at St. Paul’s. He served as Minister of Education in the AFPFL government. He requested his former student C. Ping Lee (saya of EE at the Faculty of Engineering, father of Dr. Win Aung (M62, NSF, iNeer)) to head the Technical Education and Vocational Training Department.

Second and Fifth SEAP Games

  • [Nyunt Nyunt Tin] : I was in the 7th standard at Myoma National High School (Rangoon) and participated Kabyaluk dance. The team of 400 high school girl students danced Kabyaluk at the opening ceremony of 2nd SEAP Games held in Rangoon in December 1961. Never forget, ever.

Dr. Richard Yu Khin posted a photo of RU students who competed in the 2nd SEAP Games.

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SEAP 1961
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SEAP 1969


  • In 1923, RUBC was founded by Sir Arthur Eggar (Professor of Law), who pledged a third of his salary for the operation of the Club.
  • U Nyo (Philanthropist) sponsored RUBC Club as part of his donations to the RU Estate (which included the RU Student Union Building).
  • The 40th Anniversary was celebrated in 1963 with a souvenir program containing the history of RUBC, list of Captains and EC members, list of RUBC Golds (compiled by Sithu U Tin, U Po Zon and U Tin Htoon). The photo of the Anniversary Dinner appears in another post.
  • There were other celebrations such as 50th and 60th.
  • For the 90th Anniversary, there were two publications. The souvenir program (for which I wrote the Prelude of each section, and three articles), and a reprint of the Autobiography of Sir Arthur Eggar.

Coexistence of Academic and Sports

  • In the early days, University students excel at academic and sports.
  • Dr. Harry Saing represented Burma in Rowing, Hockey and Cricket and represented the Faculty of Medicine in Track and Field, and Football. He is Past Captain and Gold of RUBC, and is two time Champion of ARAE (Amateur Rowing Association of the East).
    He and Saya Dr. Pe Nyun (Past Secretary and Gold of RUBC) operated Ma Nan Soe and Ma Nan San (the first set of conjoined twins) at the Rangoon Children Hospital.
    Dr. Harry served as Professor of Pediatric Surgery at the Hong Kong University. He also served as Patron of the Hong Kong Rowing and Sailing Club, which hosted FEARA (Far East Amateur Rowing Association) Regattas. According to Htaik San (Henry Kao), Dr. Harry provided physical and moral support to the RUBC crews competing at FEARA regattas.
    Sadly, he is GBNF (Gone But Not Forgotten). I wrote about his in the Souvenir Magazine.
    Per his wishes, his ashes were scattered into the waters near his second favorite Rowing Club (after his favorite RUBC).

Saya Dr. Soe Win and Sayama Daw May Saw Lwin

  • [Sayama Daw May Saw Lwin] : TQ Saya Hla Min for including our photo in your post.
    I think you would be happy (but not surprised ) to learn that our granddaughter Ei Lwin, Dr Nyi Thet Lwin’s daughter achieved grade 9 in all of the nine subjects that she sat in the recent, 2019, GCSE exams. Following grandpa’s footsteps almost sixty years later!

Tun Naung

  • Tun Naung (BDS) would often play with the mandolin on his back. He is a co-founder of Stereo Khit.
    He was Tekkhato Luyechun from Dental College in the Summer of 1965.
  • The elder Tun Naung represented RU and Burma in the First SEAP Games in Bangkok in 1959 and the Second SEAP Games in Rangoon in 1961.
    His team mates include the three Mra brothers : Tun Mra (Sprint), Kyaw Mra (Hurdles) and Soe Mra (Pole Vault).


Outstanding footballers after the war include

  • U Than Win (Captain of the team, later Director of Sports and Physical Education)
  • U Chan Tha (Captain of the Prome Hall team, also Past Captain and Gold of RUBC)
  • Collegian Nay Win, Kenneth Shein, Tun Kyi and Dr. Tint Lwin played for RU First Eleven under coach Saya Nyein
    Three also played for Burma
  • U Aung Khin and U Soe Myint


The University prizes include Gold Medals, Silver Medals and Books.

At the Convocation of 1958, Saya U Htin Paw (EE58) received two Gold Medals, Saya Dr. Zin Aung won a Gold Medal for standing first in Physics Honors, and Saya U Soe Paing (EE, UCC) won two Gold Medals for scoring highest in I.Sc.(A) and (B) combined and joint highest in Mathematics for I.Sc. (A) and (B) combined,


  • Shwe Ku May Hnin wrote “Nga Doh Khit Ka Tekkatho” which lists many RU students who later gained name and fame in Sar Pay.
  • She gave me an autographed copy at the San Francisco Bay Area Literary Talk.

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