Pyay Technological University

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Pyay Technological University
ပြည် နည်းပညာ တက္ကသိုလ်
Type Public
Established 18 December 1999
Rector Dr. Aung Kyaw Myat
Location Pyay,
Bago Region, Myanmar
Affiliations Ministry of Education
Website http://www.ptu.moe-st.gov.mm
Logo of PTU.jpg

Pyay Technological University (PTU) (Burmese: ပြည် နည်းပညာ တက္ကသိုလ်, pronounced: [pjè nípjɪ̀ɴɲà tɛʔkəθò]), in Pyay, is one of three senior engineering universities in Myanmar. It offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in architecture and engineering disciplines. The university draws most of its student body from Lower Myanmar, outside Yangon Division.[1]

In comparison to the more established Yangon Technological University (YTU) and Mandalay Technological University (MTU), PTU is considered the least equipped in terms of facilities amongst the three senior universities of technology in Myanmar. Although PTU does offer some Master of Engineering (ME) degree programs, it is mainly an undergraduate school, offering Bachelor of Technology (BTech) and Bachelor of Engineering (BE) programs. Over 95% of its graduates between 1997 and 2004 were for bachelor's degrees and less than 5% were master's.[1] For most graduate and doctorate programs, students have to go to YTU or abroad.

History[edit]

On 1 April 1998, PTU was established under the Department of Advanced Science and Technology, one of the directorates of the Ministry of Science and Technology. The undergraduate classes were officially inaugurated on 27 December 1999. On 20 January 2007, the Government Technical College (Pyay) was incorporated and affiliated with Pyay Technological University. Dr. Aung Kyaw Myat served as the first acting rector. In 2002, Prof. Kyaw Sann (prorector) became the rector.[2]

When PTU was opened in December 1999, most universities and colleges in Myanmar had been shut down by the military government since December 1996, following student demonstrations in Yangon.[3] The school closures were part of a series of multi-year school closures throughout the 1990s, following the nationwide uprising against the military government in 1988 that were initiated by the university students in Yangon.

The founding of PTU was part of the government's program to disperse college students away from the established universities and their city center locations to more isolated remote places. PTU was built on a paddy field outside the city of Pyay. In the beginning, the so-called university did not have a drinking water system or any dormitories on its campus.[4] From 1999 to 2006, all engineering students from Lower Myanmar living outside Yangon Division had to attend PTU. Since then, prospective students are required to attend their local Technological Universities, which were "upgraded" to university level. In 2007, the Government Technical College, Pyay was incorporated to PTU.

Education objective[edit]

The main function of PTU is to develop human resources by producing qualified engineers, engineering scientists and applied scientists, who will play a vital role in modernization of the country.[2]

Programs[edit]

The university primarily offers four-year BTech and five-year BE programs. Each academic year, consisting of two semesters, begins in the second week of December and ends in September.[5]

Program Bachelor's Master's Doctoral
Architecture BArch <none> <none>
Civil Engineering BTech, BE ME <none>
Chemical Engineering BE ME <none>
Electrical Engineering BTech, BE ME <none>
Electronic Engineering BTech, BE ME <none>
Information Technology BE <none> <none>
Mechanical Engineering BTech, BE ME <none>
Mechatronic Engineering BTech, BE <none> <none>

Famous graduates[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sayne Le Shwe (2004). "Technology and State Development" (PDF). Ministry of Science and Technology. Retrieved 2008-12-31. 
  2. ^ a b "PTU". PTU. 2008. 
  3. ^ "Myanmar university classes resume for 1st time in 3 years". Kyodo News International. 2000-07-31. 
  4. ^ Sein Win (2001-07-11). "Voices from Burma's technological universities --Universities minus Education". Mizzima News. 
  5. ^ "Study Programs". Pyay Technological University. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 

Coordinates: 18°50′18″N 95°19′58″E / 18.8382°N 95.3327°E / 18.8382; 95.3327