Pioneer

Early Burmese Scholars to the UK

Dr. Hla Myint

  • Studied for a Doctorate in Economics in the UK
  • Became Professor and Head of Economics Department
  • Retired as Rector of the University of Rangoon.
  • Continued as Researcher, Scholar and Administrator in UK.
  • There is an Economic Theory with Saya’s name.

Dr. Tha Hla

  • Studied for a Doctorate in Geology in the UK
  • Became Professor and Head of Geology Department
  • Retired as Rector of the University of Rangoon.
  • Served as UN Advisor in several countries and settled in Thailand.
  • There are several anecdotes about Saya.
  • When an AFPFL minister protested the States Scholarship for his mentee Dr. Nyi Nyi, Saya did not back out.
    He pushed the nomination through during a period when the minister was away.
  • Saya is highly regarded for “Lead by Example
    Saya calmly requested and convinced the students and crowd (following the agitator Ajala) to disperse
  • Director Thar Du was unhappy when Saya (as Member of the Movie Censor Board) recommended some parts of the movie to be revised.
    Thar Du was surprised and delighted when Saya voted the same movie for an Academy Award.
    Saya explained that the two roles required different consideration.
  • During his stay in Thailand (while waiting for a US visa), U Tin Maung Nyunt was recommended by Dr. Tha Hla to be a proof reader for the Nation newspaper.
  • He hosted people with different beliefs and helped them if needed.
    Saya offered guests (including U Tin Maung Nyunt) his collection of Whiskey and drinks, but added, “Do not spoil Whiskey by adding water or soda. You can drink “Ah Yet”, but never let Ah Yet” drink you.”

Dr. Maung Maung Kha

  • Several posts cover Saya Kha.
  • Studied for a Doctorate in Metereological Physics in the UK
  • Became Professor and Head of Physics Department
  • Served as Rector of the University of Rangoon, RASU and University Distance Learning
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Saya Kha and family
  • Shwe Ku May Hnin remembered Saya Kha’s smile when a student (from the Social and Reading Club) asked him, “Saya, will you continue the tradition of Di Tha Par Mauk Kha Saya giving away his beautiful daughters to brilliant students?”.
  • A member of the RU Centennial group remembered Saya Kha’s smile and forgiveness when he was inadvertently hit by a student (who had to take classes at Workers’ College and come to the Main Campus for practical sessions).
    The young sayas U Thein Aung (Micky) and U Thein Htut scolded the offender and his companions for not knowing Sayagyi.
  • Per Dr. Alvin Oak Soe Kha, his father is the Rector with the longest tenure and is known for his kindness and compassion.

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