New univer­sity planned for cap­i­tal

The Myanmar Times - - News - PYAE THET PHYO pyae­thet­phyo@mm­ – Trans­la­tion by Khine Thazin Han

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.

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