New university planned for capital
A UNIVERSITY dedicated to arts and sciences degrees will be built in Nay Pyi Taw, according to U Tun Tin, a member of Nay Pyi Taw Council.
“The university will be built. We are currently looking at land to build to it on,” he said, adding that a plot of land in Pobbathiri township has been earmarked as the probable site for the new university.
Calls for a new university in the nation’s capital have come from a number of sources recently.
A letter requesting the construction of a new university in Nay Pyi Taw was submitted in July to State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi by MPs from five of the townships within the capital’s territory.
“We sent a letter requesting the construction of this university in Nay Pyi Taw to the state counsellor and she agreed [to our proposal]. The project will take five years to complete,” said Pyithu Hluttaw MP U Yee Mon (NLD; Pobbathiri), also known as U Mg Tin Thit.
Parents living in the capital have applauded the announcement, which will mean prospective bachelor’s degree students will be able to study closer to home.
“Students who want to study arts or sciences at university currently have to go to Mandalay or Kyaukse. Once the new university is built, we will be able to watch over our children more easily,” said Pyinmana resident U Win Tun, parent of a grade 10 student.
There are already a number of universities in Nay Pyi Taw, including the National Defence College, Yezin Agricultural University, the University of Veterinary Science, the University of Forestry and the University of Sport.