University of Forestry (Yezin)
|သစ်တော တက္ကသိုလ် (ရေဇင်း)|
|Rector||Dr. Myint Oo|
|Location||Yezin, Nay Pyi Taw
Mandalay Division, Myanmar
|Affiliations||Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry|
The University of Forestry (Yezin) (Burmese: သစ်တော တက္ကသိုလ် (ရေဇင်း), pronounced: [θɪʔtɔ́ tɛʔkəθò (jèzɪ́ɴ)]), in Yezin near Nay Pyi Taw, is the only university specialized in forestry in Myanmar. It mainly offers a five-year Bachelor of Science degree program in forestry as well as two-year master's and three-year doctoral programs. The university is administered by the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry and is affiliated with the Forest Research Institute (FRI), a government R&D agency. Undergraduate students are required to take part in a field training program each winter. Graduates of the university typically become forestry officers at the Forestry Department, the Dry Zone Greening Department or the Myanmar Timber Enterprise.
Forestry education in Myanmar was first offered in Yangon University since 1920 and the first batch graduated in 1925. In 1982, the forestry study was moved to the Yezin campus, under the purview of the Department of Forestry at the Yezin Institute of Agriculture. In 1992, the Forestry Department was carved out and founded as the Institute of Forestry (Yezin). In 2002, it was renamed the University of Forestry (Yezin). The Bachelor of Science (Forestry) B.Sc. (Forestry) degree program used to take six years to complete; it has since been changed to five years program and recently rescheduled to be 6-year program starting 2014.
The annual intake of students has always been low. Up to 2005, the intake was only 50. No female students were admitted until 1995. Even now, female students make up just 5% to 10% of each incoming class; male candidates are given priority.
List of rectors
- Saw Yan Aung C Doo (1992–1995)
- Aung Kyin (1995–2000)
- Aung Than (2000–2001)
- Win Kyi -1 (2002–2007)
- Khin Maung Zaw (2007–2010)
- Dr. Myint Oo (2010–present)
- "Forestry Minister attends 5th Convocation of University of Forestry (Yezin)". 1 March 2011.
- Minh Zaw (2005-02-21). "A Golden Land of golden opportunities". The Myanmar Times.
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