The 100th anniversary of University of Yangon was held on virtual celebrations yesterday.
After the opening ceremony of the event with the song entitled ‘Centenary Celebrations of Yangon University’, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Vice-President U Myint Swe, Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than, Union Minister for Information Dr Pe Myint, Union Minister for Education Dr Myo Thein Gyi, Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein and Rector of Yangon University Dr Phoe Kaung used a virtual system in cutting the ceremonial ribbon of the opening ceremony.
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, in her capacity as the Chairperson of Steering Committee on Organizing Centenary Celebrations of University of Yangon, delivered a congratulatory message on video.
Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than, the alumnus of University of Yangon also sent a video speech of congratulatory remark on the ceremony. Union Minister for Education, the secretary of the steering committee, made his congratulatory remark, explaining collective works on upgrade of University of Yangon after forming a committee on upgrading the university dated on 27 November 2012 with the approval of Pyithu Hluttaw on the proposal of Kawhmu constituency’s Pyithu Hluttaw MP Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (now the State Counsellor) for ‘Drawing University New Act and Upgrade of Yangon University (Main)’ ; she led the committee that worked for upgrade and renovation of the university in line with international standards.
The Union Minister also talked about resuming under-graduate courses in 2013-2014 academic year after the suspension of the courses for many years, plans to upgrade the university, research and coordination under the management of university since April 2016, emphasis on emotional intelligence in appointment, transfer and promotion of academic staff and other issues in relation to the academic sector, administrative sector and infrastructural development of the university by drawing a master plan while focusing on the emergence of university autonomy in the long term.
The Union Government approved the organizational structure of faculties for University of Yangon and 16 universities in August 2020 to encourage reform programmes in the higher education sector. He added that crucial role of self-autonomy at the universities to fulfil the requirements of the Union, upgrade of software in education and upgrade of hardware in facility and equipment, the four prioritized plans for promoting self-autonomy at the universities, capacity and skill buildings, development of graduate courses, curriculum, research and services, and infrastructural developments.
The Union Minister continued to say that the need of region/state governments to work together with the Ministry of Education in developing master plans for the universities in respective areas, the ministry’s support in forming university management committees with self-autonomy, collaborative efforts among rectors, pro-rectors, deans and officials in developing effective education for Union nationals, new subjects for diploma and graduate courses at Yangon University commencing 2019-2020 academic year.
He also talked about an upgrade of the world ranking of Yangon University from 13,072 in 2016 and 7,116 (increasing by 5,956) in 2020, the ministry’s assistance to develop different teaching methods such as teaching in the classroom, digital method and combined methods.
Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein, in his capacity as the joint-secretary of the steering committee, made a speech on honouring the dignity of Yangon University, the emergence of the university in 1920, anti-colonial movements of former university students, its relation with the National Day, up and downturn of the university under different administrations and eras, independence movement and the university, outstanding alumni in various sectors, and democracy movements and the university.
After presenting a video of the works of committees on holding centenary celebrations, Yangon University Rector Dr Phoe Kaung extended his gratitude. Rector of University of Medicine (1) in Yangon Dr Zaw Wai Soe expressed thanks after screening a video clip on research paper reading session that marked the centenary of the university. A video clip on competition of literary paper and poems was presented, and awards were given to the winners. Rector of the University of Economics (Yangon) expressed thanks for the competition.
A video clip of quiz competition was shown, and awards were given to the winners, and then Mayor of Yangon City Development Committee extended greeting. A video clip of competitions for articles, poems, short stories, cartoons, arts and photos was shown, and awards were given to the winner, and then Acting Director-General of Information and Public Relations Department U Aye Kywe expressed thanks.
Director-General of MRTV U Ye Naing expressed thanks after a video clip on presentation of 100 university songs, Myanmar film and other celebrations. Director-General of Higher Education Department under the Ministry of Education expressed thanks after the video clip on the performance of Ah Nyeint troupes. The centenary celebrations of Yangon University were concluded with the song ‘University: The Emerald Land’—MNA (Translated by Aung Khin)