UCC Founders *

  • Dr. Chit Swe (GBNF)
  • U Soe Paing
  • U Myo Min
  • U Ko Ko Lay (GBNF)

U Soe Paing

Saya U Soe Paing in Singapore

One day, the people on the UCC ferry shouted, “Saya Paing”. To their amazement, ICS U Paing (Saya’s father) came out. U Paing’s spouse Daw Oo Yin is the daughter of Sir Po Tha.

Saya Paing is the second son of U Paing. Saya and his siblings Dr. Myo Paing, U Win Paing (Sayadaw U Wara, ChE70) and U Kyaw Paing (Putra Cup Player) are excellent golfers and Champions at RGC (Rangoon Golf Club) and BGC (Burma Golf Club).

Saya Paing matriculated from SPHS (St. Paul’s High School) in 1956 along with Saya U Ko Ko Lay (GBNF), U Win Htein (PWD, GBNF). Bohmu Percy (Navy), U Richard Than Se (ChE), and U Ba Min (Astronomy & Maths).

Saya stood 13th in Matriculation and was awarded Collegiate Scholarship. Saya was joint 1st in I.Sc. examination for the highest marks in Mathematics and was awarded a Gold Medal. Saya rowed and coxed at RUBC. Saya won prizes including the Inter-Hall Fours.

Saya was selected as a States Scholar to attend Stanford University along with Saya U Ko Ko Lay and Bohmu Percy. Saya received his BS and MS in EE (Electrical Engineering). Saya did programming for his studies and also worked part-time as computer operator.

Upon his return to Burma, Saya joined the EE Department as Assistant Lecturer. His sponsor supposedly was UBARI (Union of Burma Applied Research Institute).

At a research congress held in the Main Campus, Saya presented a paper covering Digital Logic and Circuits. Saya Chit was impressed. Through Saya U Nyi Nyi (EE saya, who moved to the UK), Saya Paing gained contact with Saya Chit. The rest is history.

Saya Paing promised Saya Chit to recruit his top students to join the UCC Project, but the long delay of the Project to get funded made the task difficult.

Saya Paing did another Masters (this time in Computer Science) at Southampton University in UK.

For a detailed story of Saya’s life and work at RIT, UCC and overseas as a UN Advisor, read his articles in English and Burmese. They are available in SCRIB_D.

Sayagadaw and Classmate

Saya U Soe Paing in California
Saya U Soe Paing in New Jersey (2018)
Saya U Soe Paing in 2009

Sayagadaw Daw Saw Yu Tint (Alice, T69) was my classmate at RIT.

She and Saya Paing have hosted several UCC mini-gatherings at their house.At one of the gatherings in 2007, Ko Po (U Htin Kyaw, Peter Wun) not only attended the gathering, but gave me a ride back home. He also briefly mentioned about his four-month detention.

After retirement

After retiring from the UN, Saya would visit UK, USA and Singapore to spend time with his children and grandchildren.

During his trips to New Jersey, there would be several UCC-RIT gatherings.

Saya meditates and plays golf (for specific days of the week). Saya stopped both activities when he had a minor ailment (hurting his back and leg).

Per advice of Sayagadaw’s medical friends, Saya had a surgery in Singapore.

Saya has resumed playing golf. He now uses a golf cart ant the Seniors’ Tee.

U Myo Min

U Myo Min and his brothers

Saya U Myo Min matriculated from SPHS in 1958. He is a class mate of Dr. Soe Win (Retired Rector, YUFL)

Saya is the younger brother of Saya U Tin U (C), Saya U Ba Than (M), Dr. Daw Win Hlaing, Daw Myint Thwe, Dr. Myo Tint, U Tin Htoon (A60). He is the elder brother of U Thaung Lwin (EC66) and Daw Cho Cho Hlaing.

Saya is my double first cousin. His father is my maternal uncle, who passed away in his fifties. His mother is my paternal aunt, who lived to be 94.

Saya won medals for standing first in I.Com (Intermediate of Commerce) and B.Com (Bachelor of Commerce). He majored in Accounting.

Saya completed CA (Chartered Accountant) in the UK and worked as Computer Systems Analyst for IBM UK for 4+ years.

One day, he had a call from his mother. She asked Saya if he wanted to come back to Burma to help Saya Chit and team with the UCC Project.

Saya was studying and working in UK when his father passed away.

Saya returned to Burma and joined UCC as Applications Division Manager.

Later, Saya gracefully allowed Saya Lay to manage the Scientific Applications Division. Saya was contented to be the Business Application Manager.

Saya taught not only at UCC but also at the Institute of Economics and other Departments.

During his spare time, Saya studied and completed Abhidhamma “Thingyo” course at Mingalar Byuha.

Saya did his Masters in Systems Engineering at the University of Lancaster in UK.

Life After UCC

Saya moved to Singapore and US. He retired after working for Seagate Technology and Connor.

Saya is an avid reader and an accomplished conversationalist.

Saya’s spouse is Daw Kin Kin Chit Maung (RIT English, UNESCO, sister of Saya U Tin Htut (M60) and aunt of Actor/Director Kyaw Thu). They attend several meditation retreats every year (in San Jose, California and at Hse Mile Gone monastery).

Dr. Soe Win wrote :

In addition to being a classmate at matriculation (St Paul’s), Ko Myo Min and his roommate Ko Mya Maung (another Paulian) welcomed me in London and took me to the flat in the same house, which they had kindly rented for me (and Ko Tin Maung Thein, another Paulian and electrical engineer). Ko Mya Maung later became his brother-in-law. Ko Myo Min is a super-likeable person who has now immersed himself in Vipassana practice.

KMZ wrote :

One episode stood out every time I thought about Saya Myo and Ma Ma Kin.

Some point in my life at UCC, I became a Passport expert, a complex process those days. I learned of all the processes including where to go for what, how much ‘tea money’ to pay to who at what point etc. This knowledge was acquired following many friends went through those processes.

Ma Ma Kin was working at UNICEF, and one day Saya Myo summoned me to help with the passport for her as she needed it to go to BKK. Some of you might remember the forms, “ကိုယ္ေရးရာဇဝင္” to be filled out 7 copies. Ala, Saya Myo and Ma Ma Kin came from very large family, so was both sides of their parents. Saya Myo has 9 siblings. Ma Ma Kin has 8 siblings. I do not exactly recall who filled in these forms, it could have been me, 6 sets of all names, work, addresses in 7 copies.

U Ko Ko Lay (GBNF)

Saya U Ko Ko Lay
  • Saya U Ko Ko Lay matriculated from SPHS in 1956 along with Saya Paing (U Soe Paing), U Win Htein, Bohmu Percy Maung Maung, U Ba Min and U Than Se (Richard). He is also known as Saya Lay.
  • He is the elder brother of U Than Htut (M67, RUBC Gold), Maw and Zaw (RUBC Gold, GBNF).
  • He studied BSCE and MSCE at Stanford University in the US.
  • Upon his return to Burma, he joined PWD as AE (Assistant Engineer).
  • He was recruited by his friend Saya Paing (U Soe Paing) to help with the UCC Project in general and the design and implementation of UCC Building in particular.
  • He transferred to UCC as Operations Division Manager and later served as Scientific Applications Division Manager.
  • At UCC, he is fondly called as Saya Lay.
  • He studied Systems Engineering at the University of Lancaster in the UK.
  • He was Professor at the Department of Computer Science (DCS).
  • He was Professor of Information Systems (IS) at the Institute of Computer Science and Technology (ICST).
  • He enjoyed playing tennis, soccer and volleyball.
  • He has an excellent command of English.
  • He passed away in the early 1990s.

Adelyne Hpyu Hpyu Aung wrote :

Miss our Saya Lay. အဆူခံရတာေတြလဲမေမ့ပါ

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