Published on Friday, 16 November 2012 17:07
Yangon University has postponed its graduation ceremony as its long-neglected Convocation Hall goes under renovation, according to sources from the university.
The 121st graduation ceremony was scheduled to be held on November 17 and 19, but recently has been postponed to December 1 and 3. The rehearsal will be on November 29.
“I came to Yangon from Monywa to attend the graduation ceremony on November 17. As the postponement wasn’t announced earlier, I don’t know whether I should stay here and wait for the graduation date or go back to Monywa,” said a student from Monywa.
It is an open secret that US President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver a speech at the Convocation Hall although neither the government nor the US Embassy has revealed the president’s agenda.
Obama is the first sitting US president to visit Myanmar. He will arrive in Myanmar on Monday and separately meet with President Thein Sein and Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon.
The Yangon University was once considered the most prestigious university in Southeast Asia and one of the top universities in Asia, but it has been downgraded after decades of military rule.
Regular classes for undergraduates have not been offered at the university since 1996 after the former government relocated the students to universities on the city’s outskirts. The university now offers graduate degree for master, post-graduate diploma, and doctorate programmes in liberal arts, sciences and law.
Last Friday, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi submitted a proposal in Parliament to seek assistance in upgrading the Yangon University. She said the proposal aims to seek financial assistance from the international community and organisations that would like to play a role in reforming the country’s education sector.
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