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Rangoon University (131)

RIT English

In November 1964, the RIT English Department was established to teach first year and second year B.E and B.

  • Sayama Terry (Daw Yin Yin Mya) was Assistant Lecturer and Head of the Department.
    She was a Beauty Queen.
    She migrated to Australia.
  • Sayama Daw Sheila Saing was Assistant Lecturer and Deputy Head of the Department.
    Spouse : Dr. Zin Aung (Physics)
    Siblings : Dr. Harry Saing (Htut Saing), Dr. Victor Saing (Aye Kyaw), Dr. Shirley Saing (Khin Kyi Ohn)
    Saya and Sayama moved to Thailand and taught at Assumption University.
  • Sayama Naw Charity Sein U later became Head of the RIT English Department.
    Met her briefly at SPZP-2012.
  • Sayama Toni Than is a cousin of Ko Thet Tun (Henry, M 75).
    Parents : U Sett Khaing and Daw Sarah Tin Gyi
    Spouse : U Nyi Than (retired Ambassador)
    Youngest aunt : Dr. Khin Kyi Nyunt (Cherry Tin Gyi), spouse of Saya U Tin U. Khamee Khamet : Saya U Win Mra.
    Met her briefly at SPZP-2012 and several times in 2019.
  • Sayama Daw Khin Saw Tint (Ann) published several books/booklets.
    Bilingual author.
    Wrote an article about her mother and two aunts.
    Parents : ICS U Ba Tint and Daw Khin Saw Mu (Khit San Kabyar)
    Uncles : ICS U Tin Tut, U Kyaw Myint U Myint Thein Dr. Htin Aung
    Brother : U Nay Oke Tint (St. Paul’s)
  • Met Sayama Muriel
    Spouse : Saya U Aung (Alphoso)
    They visited Saya U Tin Maung Nyunt in Milpitas, California.
    We had a couple of lunch gatherings.
  • Saya Des
    Named Desmond Rodgers
    Prefers to be called Des
    Our main English teacher in 2nd BE.
    Chief Editor of the RIT English Association Newsletter.
    Core organizer of the Debates between the 1st BE and 2nd BE students.
    Played soccer for the RIT Saya team.
    Accomplished musician : guitarist and vocalist, a regular on the BBS Variety Show. Played and sang with Saya U Win Mra (Burma’s Elvis Presley in his younger days).

    Scrabble Champion at the tournaments held at Guardian premises and YMCA
    Moved to UK and Canada
    Taught “English as a Specialty Language”
    Published two books
    Wrote a long article for “RIT Alumni International Newsletter“.

.Scrabble Champion for both singles and doubles.Did post-graduate studies in the UK.Moved to Canada.Taught “English as a Specialty Language” and other English courses.Set up a consultancy firmPublished a book on English words that have been “selected” from contemporary news media and magazines. I helped catch some typos (which would go into an amendment).Saya air-mailed me the book, but I received an opened package from the Post. Saya sent again with “registered” post (including insurance). It cost more than the sales price of the book. Thanks.Had minor medical problems.Shared his memories in the RIT Alumni International Newsletter.


  • Saya U Khin
    Scrabble Champion at the tournaments held at Guardian premises and YMCA
    Organizer, RIT Scrabble
    Chambers Dictionary and Jones Pronouncing Dictionary were used to confirm/deny the word challenges. They were always present on Saya’s desk.
    Moved to Taiwan
    Wrote a letter in 2016.
  • Saya U Win Mra was the fourth son ICS U Shwe Mra (Chief Secretary, later UN expert).
    Burma’s Pole Vault Champion before he was asked to “retire” by the doctors.
    He and Saya Des played guitars and sang (e.g. BBS Variety Show).
    Won or placed in Burma’s Elvis Presley contest.
    Joined the Foreign Service.
    He was Myanmar’s Ambassador to the United Nations.
    He is Chair of the Myanmar Human Rights Commission.
  • Saya Joe Ba Maung was Burma’s Tennis Champion in Singles, Mens’ Doubles (with U Than Lwin) and Mixed Doubles (with Sayama Daw Ruby Kha).
    Saya joined Burma Railways.
    He was a victim of 8-8-88 purges.
  • Khemarat was the pen name of Saya Sao Kangyi Tony).
    Brothers : Sao Yan Naing, Sao Yan Paing
  • Saya U Kyaw Lwin Hla transferred to UNDP.
    Brother : U Kyaw Lwin Hla

U Khin’s Letter

Dear Hla Min,

I have been an ardent “fan” of your RIT Newsletter updates ever since you included me in your mailing list at the suggestion of Des Rodgers many many years ago.

You have made a great contribution to the RIT community by bringing the RIT alumni, sayas and sayamas together through your reports, messages, photos, etc. in the RIT Newsletter and also through your persistent efforts in carrying on the good work against all odds. Who is going to fill your shoes after you retire?

I spent the best years of my life (1964 ~ 1968) at the RIT and I cherish the good old days I had at the RIT with my former colleagues at the English Department such as Saya Desmond Rodgers, Saya U Win Mra, Saya U Joe Ba Maung, Saya Sao Kangyi (deceased), Saya U Kyaw Lwin Hla, Sayama Daw Tin Tin Mya (Terry), Sayama Daw Charity Sein U, Sayama Daw Khin May Lwin (Muriel), Sayama Daw Tin Tin Oo (Toni), Sayama Daw Khin Saw Tint (Anne), among others; my former colleagues at other engineering departments and non-engineering departments such as Saya U Tin Maung (Civil), Saya U Christopher Maung (Civil), Saya Allen Htay (civil), Saya Dr K.C. Khoo (Chemical), among others; and my former students Tin Tin Myint (Emma), Khin Phyu Latt (Christine), Tin Tin Hla (Su Tin), Sai Kham Sang, Pamela Myo Min, George Lim, among others.

I hope you will have a great time at the birthday party that will be hosted in your honor on August 20th (2016) at Half Moon Bay, California, by your former classmates, colleagues, sayas and sayamas.

I shall also be wishing you a happy birthday in absentia from this part of the world, and hope you will have many happy and healthy returns of the day in the years to come.

Sincerely yours,

Lucian Chen (Saya U Khin)

Three Sisters

Article about Daw Khin Mya Mu, Daw Khin Saw Mu and Daw Tin Saw Mu

by Daw Khin Saw Tint

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