VB : Twinning Program

Video Broadcast : #193
January 13, 2021

Sayagyi U Ba Hli

  • MS in Civil Engineering from UK
  • Professor of Civil Engineering at GTI and RU
  • Principal of Government Technical Institute
  • First native Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Rangoon University
  • Proponent of the “Twinning Program” with prestigious universities in the USA (e.g. MIT, Harvard)
  • Passed away in Yangon
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  • The photo appeared in the RUESU (Rangoon University Engineering Students Union) Annual Magazine.
  • For the HMEE-2012 project, Saya U Ba Than requested U Thaw Kaung (Retired Chief Librarian of the Rangoon University Central Library) to provide Saya U Soe Paing and team to access the library archives and scan relevant documents.
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Saya U Ba Hli uniform
  • Saya Bilal Raschid, son of H.E. M A Raschid, graduated with Civil Engineering at Rangoon University.
    He then went to UK to study Architecture in the UK.
    He taught at the Architecture department before relocating to USA.
  • Saya Bilal sent two photos of Saya U Ba Hli.
  • One photo shows Saya U Ba Hli in uniform (khaki pants, white shirt, tie and optional hat).
  • Another photo shows Saya U Ba Hli in formal attire at a function.
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Saya U Ba Hla at a function

Some Recipients of the Twinning Program

  • Dr. Aung Gyi (Civil) : BS and MS from MIT
  • U Min Wun (Civil) : BS at MIT and MS from Cornell
  • Dr. San Hla Aung (Civil) : MS from MIT
  • U Allen Htay (Civil, GBNF) : MS from Harvard
  • U Aung Khin (Mech) : BS and MS from Lehigh
  • U San Tun (Mech) : MS from MIT
  • U Tin Hlaing (Mech, GBNF) : MS from Purdue
  • U Sein Hlaing (Elec, GBNF) : MS from MIT
  • U Tin Swe (Elec, GBNF) : MS from Michigan
  • U Khin Aung Kyi (ChE, GBNF) : BS and BS from MIT
  • U Maung Maung Than (Tex, GBNF) : BS from Clemson and MS from Lowell
  • U Thit (Met, GBNF) : BS from Lehigh

Three Generation of Engineers

  • Sayagyi U Ba Hli
  • Son : Saya Dr. Freddie Ba Hli (EE, GBNF)
    Sc.D in EE from MIT
    Mentor to Dr. Aung Gyi and U Min Wun (early recipients of the Twinning Program) at MIT
    Part-time Lecturer, Electrical Engineering, Rangoon University
    Director General of UBARI
    Advisor, Ministry of National Planning
    Member, UCC Advisory Board
    Passed away in Australia
  • Grandson : U Tha Hlaing (EC83)
    Joint First in Final year with U Thaung Tin (KMD, EC83)
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Saya Dr. F Ba Hli (seated), U Tha Hlaing (standing)
  • In 2006, during my visit to Sydney, Saya U Aung Zaw (UCC) hosted a gathering to pay respect to Saya Dr. Freddie Ba Hli and Saya Dr. Chit Swe (Founder/Director of UCC, Retired Rector of RASU, GBNF).
  • Seated in the middle are Saya Dr. F Ba Hli and spouse Daw Myint Thwe, Saya Dr. Chit Swe and spouse Daw Khin Khin Latt (Ma Ma Mi).
  • Daw Myint Thwe is the sister of Saya U Tin U (C), Saya U Ba Than (M), Dr. “Ruby” Win Hlaing, Dr. Myo Tint, U Tin Htoon (A60), Saya U Myo Min (UCC), U Thaung Lwin (EC66) and Daw Cho Cho Hlaing.
  • Saya U Aung Zaw and spouse Daw Tint Tint Wai (Ma Kyawt) are seated to the right.
    U Aung Zaw later wrote two books : “Bawa and Dhamma” and “Cetana Thi Tha Kan”.
    The True Love Story (of how Ma Kyawt donated her kidney to Saya Zaw) is covered in the first book.
    I edited the books. I wrote the Preface for the first book. I contributed a section (based on U Aung Zaw’s ideas) in the second book.
  • Daw Tin Tin Hlaing (UCC, spouse of U Htay Aung (EC80, UCC)) is the eldest child of Saya Dr. F. Ba Hli.
  • U Htay Aung is the nephew of Saya U Sein Hlaing (Retired Professor of Electrical Engineering, RIT, GBNF).
  • U Tha Hlaing is the second child and elder son of Saya Dr. F. Ba Hli.
  • Min Thet Tun (GBNF) is the youngest child and younger son of Saya Dr. F. Ba Hli.

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