Vice President U Myint Swe opens Taungup Degree College

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Nay Pyi Taw, Jan 8

Vice President U Myint Swe formally opened Taungup Degree College in Rakhine State yesterday morning, which will create opportunities for students who want to continue their education in Gwa, Thandwe, Yanbye, Myanaung, Kyaukphyu, An and Taungup.

Union Minister for Education Dr Myo Thein Gyi, Chief Minister of Rakhine State U Nyi Pu, Rakhine State Social Affairs Minister Dr Chan Tha and Principal of the college Dr Win Naing formally opened the archway of the college.

The Vice President then posed for documentary photos with the guests. Afterwards, the Vice President sprinkled scented water on the signboard of the college before delivering a speech.

The Vice President said he was happy to attend the ceremony to upgrade Taungup College into a degree-granting institution for the continued development of Rakhine State. In the past, those seeking higher education in Rakhine State had to depend entirely on Sittway College, located nine hours south by bus. Local students faced difficulties in terms of money and transportation as the state is divided by rivers, streams and mountain ranges.

To ease the difficulties, Taungup College was opened in 2012 thanks to the efforts of residents in Tuangup, said the Vice President before adding that it is necessary to improve education standards not only in southern Rakhine State but also in the entire union.

The Vice President expressed his pleasure to learn that about 7,000 students, including over 1,600 students studying in regular courses and some 5,000 students who are studying by distance education, are studying without any financial and transportation difficulties. The degree college has opened seven departments for students.

The Vice President warned that the degree college, which has been in existence for only five years, has many challenges to overcome and urged faculty members, students and town elders to solve problems in cooperation before saying that regional development depends on the development of the education sector, which is made up of teachers and students.

Later, the Vice President pointed out that students and teachers are required to exert efforts for implementation of educational goals and measures in accordance with the times.

In conclusion, the Vice President said that faculty members and students of the degree college will contribute to the development of Rakhine State.

Afterwards, Union Minister for Dr Myo Thein Gyi, and Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu made speeches before town elder U Kyauk Taung and Headmaster of the degree college expressed their thanks.

After the ceremony, the Vice President and party toured the college’s laboratories, language labs and hostels.

The Vice President arrived in Nay Pyi Taw in the evening via Thandwe.