Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham visited the Sports and Physical Education Institute (Taunggyi) and the University of Medicine (Taunggyi) on Friday.
On his visit to the institute of the Ministry of Sports, the vice president heard reports on the establishment of sports and physical education institutes in Yangon, Mandalay, Mawlamyine and Taunggyi, the selection of trainees depending on types of sports, the combination of sports and studies during education, matters related to health care and accommodation for trainees and arrangements being made to turn out outstanding athletes for the country and work to be done by Deputy Director-General U Tun Myint Oo and Union Minister for Sports U Tint Hsan.
In his speech, the vice president stressed the need to formulate short-term and long-term plans for realization of success in sports such as athletics and swimming and called for measures to be implemented systematically from now on to ensure sustainable development in different types of sports apart from the 10 types of sports for which training is being conducted at the sports training institutions.
Next, the vice president and party toured the institute and observed sports training being undertaken, learning centres and progress in the construction of men’s and women’s hostels.
The Sports and Physical Education Institute (Taunggyi) is the fourth one following the opening of institutes in Yangon, Mandalay and Mawlamyine. The two institutes in Yangon and Mandalay are graded A while Mawlamyine and Taunggyi are graded B.A., with a total of 150 trainees taking 10 types of sports courses at the institute in Taunggyi.
During his visit to the University of Medicine (Taunggyi), the vice president heard reports on progress in the construction of the main building and others including staff quarters and related buildings and work being conducted for ensuring electricity and water supply presented by Director-General Dr Zaw Than Myint of the Medical Science Department.
While giving necessary instructions, he stressed the importance of the role of building inspection teams to ensure buildings meet set standards and worksite safety and fire prevention measures.
Upon completion, the University of Medicine (Taunggyi) will become the fifth medical school in the country to nurture qualified health professionals.
In his closing remarks, the vice president stressed the need to develop distance learning programmes and modern teaching aids needed to link with medical schools in foreign countries.
Then the vice president and party observed documentary photos of construction of the university and work progress in building construction and staff quarters.