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Update : August 18, 2020

Dr. Chit Swe’s Legacy

Sayagyi

  • Sayagyi Dr. Chit Swe is a Pioneer of Computer Systems, Applications and Edication in Burma.
  • Native of Ei Lar, Pyinmana
  • Attended Mandalay University.
  • Studied B.Sc. (Special) at Imperial College of the University of London, M.Sc. from the University of Glasgow and Ph.D in Mathematical Statistics from the University of Liverpool.
  • Founded Universities’ Computer Center (UCC) with the help of Saya U Soe Paing, Saya U Myo Min and Saya U Ko Ko Lay (GBNF).
  • Served concurrently as Director of UCC, Professor of Mathematics (RASU) and Commanding Officer of the Universities’ Training Corps (UTC).
  • Prime Mover and a proponent of “Technology Transfer”, “Leapfrogging Technology” and “Life long learning”.
  • Retired as Rector of RASU.
  • Taught at Assumption University in Bangkok, Thailand before migrating to Australia.
  • Supervised the dissertation of several Burmese students in Burma, Thailand and Australia.
  • Saya passed away in Sydney, Australia in November 2019.
  • He left behind a Great Legacy.

I was fortunate to be a member of several of Saya’s projects:

  • Children’s Treasury of Knowledge (CTK)
  • Editor, High School Mathematics (for the then new curriculum)
  • Team of System Specialists (TOSS)
  • Planning using PERT for the UCC implementation
  • Lecture notes and training manuals with Saya U Soe Paing and Saya U Aung Zaw

Visit to Sydney in 2006

Saya U Aung Zaw hosted a Garawa ceremony for Saya Chit and Saya Dr. Freddie Ba Hli, who supported UCC as Advisor of National Planning and as external examiner.

Saya Chit in Sydney, 2006

Saya asked me to give a lecture / seminar to young students.

Saya gave me his hat as a present. By wearing Saya’s hat, I hope that some of Saya’s wisdom and knowledge will transpire me to help pay back to my alma mater and my beloved land.

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Saya’s Biography

  • Name: Chit Swe
  • DOB: 25 May 1931 in ELA (Aye Lar), Pyinmana township .
  • Ethnicity: Myanmar Shan
  • Parents : U Han Tin (Lawyer) and Daw Than.
  • Wife: Khin Khin Latt
  • Siblings: Daw Hla May,
    Captain Tin Aung,
    (Dr. Chit Swe is the third child),
    Myint Thein,
    Sein Lwin,
    Thet Oo,
    Khin Ma Ma.
  • Children: Merle Chitswe (Moe Thu),
    Thuta,
    Kinsey Chitswe (Kyaw Thu)
    Cyril Swe Latt (Swe Latt)
    Chit Khin
  • Early childhood:
    ELA Monastery School (Aye Lar Gaing Htaut Kyaung) 1936-1944
    Pyinmana High School 1945-1947
  • B.Sc. University of Rangoon (Mandalay College) 1951
  • B.Sc. (Special), Imperial College of London. (1954)
  • M.Sc. Glasgow (Mathematical Statistics)
    Started self-study of computer and programming
    for the Development of future Burma.
  • Ph.D. Liverpool (Mathematical Statistics)
  • Tutor, Department of Mathematics, Mandalay College, University of Rangoon. 1952-1955.
  • Assistant Lecturer. Mandalay College, University of Rangoon. 1955-1957.
  • Lecturer, Department of Mathematics, Mandalay College, University of Rangoon and then University of Mandalay 1957-1964.
  • Lecturer and Head of Department of Mathematics, Institute of Economics, Rangoon 1964-1966.
  • Professor and Chairman of the Department of Mathematics, University of Rangoon. 1966-1986
  • Chairman of the Department of Computer Science, University of Rangoon. 1971-1986
  • Founder and Director of Universities’ Computer Center, Rangoon. 1971-1976
  • Instructor to Sangha at (KaBaAye) to be sent abroad as promotion of Buddhism overseas.
  • Commander of Universities Training Corps. Rank: Major. 1966-1988
  • In early 1965, He was actively involved in literacy programme for workers’ in Rangoon which eventually matured into a national literacy campaign (known as 3 Rs – Ar thone lone)
  • Rector, University of Rangoon. 1986-1988.
  • Member of Parliament (Pyi Thu Hlut Taw, Yamethin Electorate) 1985-1989
  • Member of Parliamentary Affairs Committee for Youth Affairs. 1985-1989
  • Chairman : New Mathematics
  • President of Rangoon University Buddhist Association 19-1979
  • Chairman, Curriculum committee Basic educatio
  • Chairman, Myanmar Judo Associatio
  • Senior Faculty (Assumption University, Bangkok)
  • Consultant, ESCAP 1990-1994
  • Senior Research Fellow (Macquarie University, Sydney)
  • First Shin Tha Htaung (1000 monks ordination-1979) under the guidance of Kyaw Aung San Htar Sayadaw at Shwe Dagon Pagoda.
  • Supervised over 200 MSc and PhD theses.
  • Contributes in writing many textbooks within Burma and overseas.
  • Since he finished high school, he contributed his time to mentor and teach Mathematics to students with needs, at non-governmental evening schools.
  • Later days of his life, contribute his time for community services educational programs, mentoring and emphasize more in teachings of Buddha (Dhamma).
  • Ambassador for Peace and recipient of Living for Others Award from Universal Peace Federation

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Highlights

  • At Mandalay University, saya’s Class mates include U Khin Maung Tint (Tekaktho Phone Naing) and Dr. Maung Di
  • During his studies at Imperial College, University of London, he shared rooms with Saya U Ba Than
  • Saya and Dr. Ba Kyi were the two early Burmese to receive Doctorate in Mathematics.
  • While serving as Lecturer and Head of Mathematics Department at the Institute of Economics, Saya Chit wrote a proposal to have a computer for research and teaching.
  • Dr. Nyi Nyi suggested to extend the scope for UCC (Universities’ Computer Center) project.
  • It took a few years for the UCC Project to be approved for funding by UNDP and to be executed by UNESCO.
  • Sayagyi Dr. Chit Swe founded the Universities Computer Center (UCC) with the help of Saya U Soe Paing, Saya U Myo Min and Saya U Ko Ko Lay (GBNF).
  • During his tenure as Director of UCC and Professor of Mathematics (RASU), he established degree and diploma courses in Computer Science and Applications with the help of visiting Professors and Computer Scientists from US, UK and Europe.
  • I have provided additional information (e.g. Saya’s modesty, Sojourn at Sagaing Hills) in “Memories of UCC” series.
  • Saya U Soe Paing has published several articles , e.g. “Computer Ah Sa UCC Ga” and are available in SCRIB-D
  • Note that SCRIB-D give new users one month’s access and contributors unlimited access to the documents.
  • On July 26, 2020, per request from MASTAA, I interviewed Saya U Soe Paing on the history of UCC project and its early days

Saya Chit at UCC Thingyan and Donlaba

  • For several years, UCC hosted “Su Paung Yahan Khan” at specified monasteries for the Thingyan period.
  • Soon would also be offered at the UCC Premises in Thamaing College Campus.
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UCC Alumni in Sydney

The UCC alumni in Sydney paid respect to Sayagyi several times a year.

  • Saya Dr. Chit Swe and Daw Khin Khin Latt
  • Saya U Aung Zaw and Daw Kyawt
  • U Sein Myint Maung and Daw Khin Aye Mu
  • U Htay Aung and Daw Tin Tin Hlaing
  • U Tha Hlaing
  • U Zaw Myint Tun and Daw Khin May Thet

Saya Chit and UCC Alumni in Sydney

UCC Alumni in Singapore and Yangon

  • Paid respect to Sayagyi during his visits
  • Also organized lectures / seminars.
  • A sample is shown below.

Seminar : “We must Build A Learning Organization” by Dr. Chit Swe,
Date: 21 October 2013 (Monday)
Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Venue: Conference Hall , MICT Park , Yangon.

Dr. Chit Swe (Computer Pioneer for Burma)

Last Journey for Sayagyi Dr. Chit Swe

Source : Ko Htay Aung (Victor)

Place : Castlebrook Memorial Park Crematorium
712 – 746 Windsor Road
Rouse Hill NSW 2155
(Opposite Rouse Hill Shopping Center)
Web site: https://www. castlebrook.com.au

Date : 28 November 2019
Time : 12 – 2 PM (Australia AEDT)

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Message from Daw Khin Khin Latt and Family
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Saya U Aung Zaw’s Post

Condolences

Hundreds (and may be Thousands) have expressed their sadness for the loss of Sayagyi in the newspapers and in the Facebook pages.

The following is a sample.

  • U Ba Than (M.A., Retired Director General, Thuwanna), Saya Chit’s classmate in 1947 at the first I.Sc.(A) class offered at Mandalay University and was a fellow teacher, is saddened by the loss of “Ko Chit Swe”.
  • Thin Char Mi Thar Su of the University of Yangon is indebted to Sayagyi Dr. Chit Swe for his dedication to the dissemination of Mathematics.
  • Myanmar Naing Gan Thin Char Ah Thinn offers condolences to the family members of Sayagyi Dr. Chit Swe (Retired Rector) and Sayagyi U Aung Sein (Retired Associate Professor).
  • ex-UCC Mi Tha Su (UCC Alumni) expresses their sorrow to the Founder of Computers and Computer Education in Burma. Members from Myanmar and beyond (Singapore, USA, Australia, …) can never forget Sayagyi and his passion for transforming his students from good to better and great professionals, educators, researchers, and socially responsible citizens of the world.
  • U Win Thein (Padamyar Winhtein) has updated Wikipedia to include Saya’s pioneering work.
  • Saya U Aung Zaw (AZ) spent five decades or so under the tutelage of Saya Chit. He organized mini-PZPs for Saya Chit. I attended one gathering in 2006.
  • UCSY Facebook page remembers Sayagyi as the pioneer Saya for Computer Education in Burma / Myanmar.
  • I have honored my mentor Saya Chit in my newsletter, Facebook pages and my websites hlamin.com and lifelonglearning140.wordpress.com
  • Saya Dr. Khin Maung Win wrote about Sayagyi in moemaka
  • Sayama Daw Si Si also wrote about Sayagyi
  • Dr. Swe Latt is named after his parents Dr. Chit Swe and Daw Khin Khin Latt. He had posted/ re-posted news and stories about Saya Chit.
  • UCC Alumni in Myanmar, USA, Singapore and Australia offered Garawa money for Sayagyi’s last journey.
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