Education Ministry reopens historic hostels at YIE, YU, which allow about 400 students for 2014-15 academic year

Malar Hostel of Yangon University of Economics. Photo: Khaing Thanda Lwin
Malar Hostel of Yangon University of Economics. Photo: Khaing Thanda Lwin

Yangon, 8 Dec — Two hostels were reopened Monday for female students of Yangon University who live on the outskirts of the municipality, especially in rural regions, and they will be allowed to stay there based on their university entrance numbers, according to the Ministry of
Education.
The reopening of the historic Malar and Thiri hostels is aimed at creating an international-level atmosphere. Educators believe it can help the students to develop their skills and abilities. Union Minister for Education Dr Daw Khin San Yi said hostels can help students forge friendships and develop habits of cooperation and unity during their university days.
In the 2014-2015 academic year, priority is being given to first-year students, who will have double rooms. The two hostels accepted such students as of 1 December.
Malar Hostel is scheduled to accept about 250 economic students and Thiri will take in more than 130 students from all majors including foreign learners. Both hostels are located on Pyay Road in Kamayut Township in Yangon.
Dr Khin Naing Oo, rector of Yangon University of Economics (YUE), said that WiFi network installation at Malar Hostel is expected to be finished within a month, adding that it also planning to provide library and fitness services, which will be available soon.
She added that new hostels for next comers are being constructed on the YUE campus and are expected to be completed in March.
The government mainly sponsored the renovation of the Malar Hostel, while former students donated furniture. Officials welcome the further contribution of donors to continue the renovation of hostels, in which female economic students have been allowed to stay since 1964.
A plan is under way to manage the funds for renovation of hostels under the YUE by forming a fund management committee, the rector said.
Plans are also under way to construct two new hostels at Hline Universities’ campus in Yangon to accommodate an estimated 400 students each year.
Authorities are planning to add furniture for the hostels and laboratory equipment, as well as publications for all universities.
Daw Swe Swe Aung of Yangon University elaborated on the budget of the Education Ministry, saying that since the education reform in 2011, the government has spent a huge amount of funds. So far, she said, 4 out of about 6 billion kyats earmarked for 2013-14 year have been spent on education reform.
Currently, the ministry has opened 11 hostels for university students in Yangon and there are more than 6,000 learners in this academic year. GNLM

Already-reopened Thiri Hostel on the campus of Yangon University. Photo: Khaing Thanda Lwin
Already-reopened Thiri Hostel on the campus of Yangon University. Photo: Khaing Thanda Lwin
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