Rangoon University

Eminent Alumni of Old RU

Update : November 14, 2022

I have added comments to some photos.

Article by Saya Dr. Maung Maung Nyo

U Pe Maung Tin, Dr. Htin Aung, Dr. Hla Myint, Dr. Maung Maung Kha, Ludu Daw Ah Mar, Daw Khin Myo Chit, Dr. Daw Khin Mya, M.A. Daw Ohn

Sayagyi U Pe Maung Tin (Pali and Burmese Scholar) convinced RU to have a separate Burmese Department. He was the first native Principal of Rangoon College.
Dr. Htin Aung served as Principal of Rangoon College, Rector and Vice Chancellor of Rangoon University. He is a distinguished author. He is a Historian and Folklorist.
Dr. Hla Myint is a distinguished Economist. He served as Rector of Rangoon University.
Dr. Maung Maung Kha served as Professor of Physics. He is the longest tenured Rector.

RU produced outstanding female authors and educators.
Ludu Daw Ah Mar is considered as a “Literary Mother” by many journalists and writers.
Daw Khin Myo Chit won International awards for her writings.
Dr. Daw Khin Mya was a pioneer of Education in Burma.
M.A. Daw Ohn was an early female post-graduate in Burma.

Col. Min Sein, Dr, Ba Than, Dr. Ko Gyi, Dr. Daw Yin May

They are some of the Medical Pioneers in Burma.
Col. Min Sein and Dr, Daw Yin May are parents of Dr. Thein Htut (RUBC Gold, Australia).
Dr. Ba Than is the father of Georgie, Kitty and Amy. He ran the hospital (during the Japanese Occupation) which treated Bogyoke Aung San, Bogyoke Ne Win and Thakin Than Tun. He served as Rector of IM(1) and founded “Zwe Ah Nyeint”.
Dr. Ko Gyi served as MS of EENT. He is the father of Ko Tin Oo, Ko Aung Khin (GBNF) and Dr. Thein Wai.

Bogyoke Aung San: Architect of Burma’s Independence

Dr. Ba U : President of the Union of Burma

Dr. Ba U wrote “My Burma”. He claimed to be the “first” President to be elected according to the Constitution. Many consider him to be the “second” President, who succeeded Sao Shwe Thaik.

Rangoon University Student’s Union EC for 1935 – 36

Oway Magazine Committee Members (1936)

U Ba Hein and U Hla Shwe : Student Leaders

U Thant (UNSG) : Burma’s Son

Dr. Tha Hla

Dr. Tha Hla served as Professor of Geology, Interim Dean of Engineering, and Rector. He retired after serving as Advisor on UN projects. I heard some good stories about Dr. Tha Hla from a saya (who received help and advice during his stay in Thailand from Sayagyi).

Dr. Nyi Nyi

He served as Professor of Geology and as Secretary / Deputy Minister of Education (which implemented the then “New” Education System including the controversial ILA System, and the reorganization of RU into several Institutes).

He also chaired the UCC Project Management Committee.

After retirement, he worked for UN.

Mya Than Tint

He is known as an outstanding Translator.

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