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RU : Centennial (6)

Jubilees and Celebrations

They include

  • Silver Jubilee (25 years)
  • Golden Jubilee (50 years)
    RU Golden Jubilee was celebrated in 1970
    RIT Golden Jubilee (Shwe YaDu) was celebrated in 2014

  • Diamond Jubilee (75 years)
    RU Diamond Jubilee was celebrated in 1995.
  • Centennial (100 years)
    SPHS celebrated the Centennial in 1960.
    RU Centennial celebrations will formally start in November 2020.
    Yah Pyay Ah Kyo celebrations kicked off on December 1, 2019

  • Sesquicentennial (150 years)
    SPHS celebrated the Sesquicentennial in 2010.
  • Bicentennial (200 years)

Three Events in December 1920

  • Rangoon University Act of 1920 was enacted on December 1, 1920.
    The Act established Rangoon University with Rangoon College and Judson College as constituent colleges.
  • The First RU Student Strike to protest the Act took place of December 5, 1920 (two days earlier than planned because the news leaked to the higher authorities).
    The senior students requested the junior students not to strike. When their request was not complied, 11 senior students decided to the strike as leaders.
    The Burmese date — 10th Waning Day of Tazaungmon — is celebrated as Ah Myo Tha Aung Pwe Nay.
    The strike led to the establishment of Ah Myotha Kyaung (National School) and Ah Myotha Kaw Leik (National College).
    U Po Kya served as Ah Myotha Pyinnya Wun. He is a distinguished author.
    Thakhin Kodaw Hmaing served as Principal of Ah Myotha Kaw Leik.
  • Sayagyi U Ba Toke is a Phwa Bet Taw of RU and the first RU Students’ Strike.
    Professor of Mathematics, Rangoon University
    Rector of MASU
    Professor of Mathematics, Rangoon Institute of Technology
    Associate Dean, Assumption University, Bangkok
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U Ba Toke


  • Former EC members of the RU Ka Laung Ah Thinn (1958 – 1962) including Daw Kyu Kyu Thin and Saya U Moe Aung (Tekaktho Moe War) will publish a “Collection of Kabyars” and a commemorative Magazine on or around February 2020.

    Published already
  • There will probably be several other books, Sar Saungs and Magazines in time for the RU Centennial Celebrations.

    Several individuals and groups posted their intention to publish kabyars, selected posts and photos. Some may have published.

Some Early Sayas

Dr. Maung Maung Kha

  • Doctorate in Meteorological Physics from UK
  • Worked briefly at Meteorology Department
  • Transferred to Physics Department, RU
  • Interim Dean of Engineering
  • Longest tenure among Rectors of RU
  • Hobby : Music / Violin
  • Former students celebrated Saya’s Yar Pyi
  • “Saya Kha Hall”
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U San Tha Aung

  • Studied Masters at Harvard University
  • Senior Lecturer, Physics
  • Co-authored High School Yupa Beda texts with Dr. Maung Maung Kha
  • Director General of Higher Education
  • Passed away after returning from an inspection tour

Dr. Nyi Nyi

  • Dr. Nyi Nyi was a mentee of Dr. Tha Hla.
  • One Minister protested against Dr. Tha Hla’s nomination of Dr. Nyi Nyi’s scholarship citing his ideology.
    Dr. Tha Hla managed to push through the nomination during the Minister’s absence.
  • Served as Deputy Minister
    Instrumental in establishing the then new Education System
  • Retired from UN
  • Pen name : Oak Aw

Some Rectors and Principals

U Hla Shwe

  • Rector, Mandalay Arts and Science University (MASU)
  • Senior Burmese Saya

U Yone Mo

  • Retired Chief Engineer, Burma Railways
  • Dean of Engineering, BIT
  • Rector, Rangoon Institute of Technology
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  • Dr. Ba Than (Institute of Medicine 1)
  • Dr. U E (Institute of Medicine 2)
  • Dr. Maung Maung Gyi (Institute of Medicine at Mandalay)
  • Dr. Aye Hlaing
    Rector, Institute of Economics
    Professor of Economics, Faculty of Social Science
  • Lt. Col. San Myint
    Rector, Institute of Education
  • Dr. Aung Than
    Rector, Institute of Dentistry / Dental Medicine
    There were two junior sayas named Dr. Aung Than
  • U Mya Nyunt
    Rector, Institute of Veterinary Science
  • U Than Tun
    Rector, Institute of Agriculture
  • U Kyaw
    Principal, Workers’ College
  • U Khin Maung Tint (Tekkatho Phone Naing)
    Principal, Taungyi College
    Distinguished author / novelist

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