(also the University of Yangon
; , ; formerly Rangoon College
, Rangoon University
and Rangoon Arts and Sciences University
), located in Kamayut
, is the oldest and most well-known university in Myanmar
. The university offers mainly graduate degree (master's, post-graduate diploma and doctorate) programs in liberal arts
. Full-time bachelor's degree have not been offered at the university's main campus since the student protests of 1996.
Yangon University is the progenitor of most major universities in the country. Until 1958 when Mandalay University
became an independent university, all institutions of higher education in Myanmar were under Yangon University. After the University Education Act of 1964, all professional
colleges and institutes of the university such as the Institute of Medicine 1
, Rangoon Institute of Technology
and Yangon Institute of Economics
all became independent universities, leaving the university with liberal arts, sciences and law.
From the beginning, Yangon University has been at the center of civil discontent throughout its history. All three nationwide strikes against the British
(1920, 1936 and 1938) began at then Rangoon University. Anti-colonial movement's leaders like Aung San
, U Nu
, Ne Win
and U Thant
were all alumni of the university. The tradition of student protest at the university continued in the post-colonial era—in 1962, 1974, 1988 and most recently in 1996.
Established in 1878 as an......