Gone But Not Forgotten

GBNF : Deans and Rectors

U Ba Hli

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U Ba Hli
  • Sayagyi U Ba Hli was the first native Dean to head the Faculty of Engineering of Rangoon University.
  • Transferred to the Faculty of Engineering, RU from GTI (Government Technical Institute) where he was Principal and Professor of Civil Engineering
  • Credited for the “Twinning Program” between the Faculty of Engineering, RU and the prestigious universities in the USA
  • Per request from Sayagyi U Aung Khin (retired Professor and Head of Mechanical Engineering), Sayagyi Dr. Freddie Ba Hli (EE) — the only son — wrote about his beloved father for the commemorative issue of “RIT Alumni International Newsletter” for SPZP-2000. They have been re-posted in the newsletter updates and in the RIT Alumni Facebook Pages. Sayagyi passed away in his house on U Wisara Road in Rangoon.
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Tribute to U Ba Hli
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Dr. Maung Maung Kha

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Dr. Maung Maung Kha and family
  • Doctorate in Meteorological Physics from UK.
  • Professor and Head of Physics Department at Rangoon University
  • Interim Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Rangoon University
  • Longest tenured Rector
  • Rector of Rangoon University
  • Rector of RASU
  • Rector of University of Distance Learning
  • Plays the violin well, and used to accompany Saya U Ba Kyi (famous Artist and “translator/composers of songs”) singing “Hne Yauk Hte Nay Chin De” in Myanmar/Burmese and English.
  • Sayagyi passed away in Yangon in 2005.
  • Centennial celebrations for his birthday were held in 2015.
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Dr. Htin Aung

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Dr. Htin Aung
  • Principal, Rangoon College
  • Rector, Rangoon University
  • Vice Chancellor, Rangoon University
  • Interim Dean, Faculty of Engineering
  • Burmese Ambassador to Ceylon
  • Folklorist / Historian

U Yone Mo

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  • Retired as Chief Engineer from Burma Railways.
  • In 1961, the Faculty of Engineering, Rangoon University moved to Gyogone and had a new name Burma Institute of Technology (BIT).
  • Appointed Dean of Engineering at the BIT Gyogone Campus
  • Under the new Education System, BIT became an autonomous Institute with a new name Rangoon Institute of Technology (RIT).
    Sayagyi became the Rector.
  • Proponent of taking power naps
  • U Wynn Htain Oo (M72) remembers how his friends were having fun with the “Ye Punn” (Water Foundation).
    Saya U Yone Mo saw them, but did not scold them. He said with a smile, “Young men, you can go to the University Swimming Pool or to the Inya Kan (Lake)”.
  • Per Saya Allen Htay (C58), Sayagyi established the weekly “Yoke Shin” at the Assembly Hall.
  • Saya Dr. Aung Gyi (then Professor of Civil Engineering) remembered seeing a letter from U Yone Mo (Rector) sent to U Yone Mo (Parent of a son who happened to visit his gambling friends at the hostel).
    Saya Dr. Aung Gyi told the Admin to stow away the letter.
  • Ko Zaw Min Nawaday knows Sayagyi and his spouse (Daw Elizabeth Yone Mo, High Ranking Nurse at RGH and a close friend of Daw Khin May Than) very well.
    Sayagyi and Dr. Aung Gyi were in May Myo during one summer.
    Sayagyi asked Dr. Aung Gyi and Ko Zaw Min to accompany him.
    They ate Khauk Swe.
    Sayagyi reminded them not to tell about his “Khauk Swe” appetite to Sayagadaw.

U Maung Maung Than

  • Studied BS in Textile Engineering at Clemson University and MS at Lowell in the USA
  • Professor and Head of Textile Engineering Department, RIT
  • Retired as Rector
  • Chair, RIT Sports Council
  • Hobbies : Chinlon, Music
  • Helped establish Engineering at Defense Services Academy

Dr. Henry Cho Tun (Myint Tun) wrote:

I’m going to add a few things about Saya U Mg Mg Than. I’m very close to him and the family and the son is my student. We are all golfers and both of them are very good. Saya MM Than is as good as Saya Soe Paing and plays with clubs that are custom made for him. Hope the following would be useful additions. Thank you

  • He did his B S at Clemson and M S at Lowell.
  • He joined BIT in 1957 as lecturer -Head of Textile Engineering Department at BOC college
  • 1964 was appointed Professor at RIT
  • Served as Rector, 1990-1992
  • Director General of The Department of Higher Education 1992-1994 and retired
  • Served as Director of Studies at DSTA (Defense Services Technical Academy)

U Khin Aung Kyi

  • Stood 7th in Burma in the Matriculation of 1949
  • He did his B S and M S at MIT
  • Professor of Chemical Engineering at RIT
  • Succeeded Dr. Aung Gyi as Rector
  • Taught at Rengsit University in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Provided interview for HMEE-2012 Project


  • U Po Tha

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