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Mandalay University

University of Mandalay
Former names
  • Mandalay College (1925)
  • Mandalay University College (1948)
  • Mandalay Arts and Sciences University (1964)
Mottoပညာ သမာ အာဘာ နတ္ထိ
(Pali: paññā samā ābhā natthi)
Motto in English
No other light can compete the brightness of the light of wisdom
Established1925; 99 years ago (1925)[1]
RectorDr Tin Tun
Administrative staff
~541 (academic)
~354 (admin-istrative)
21°57′30″N 96°5′30″E / 21.95833°N 96.09167°E / 21.95833; 96.09167

Mandalay University (also translated as University of Mandalay; Burmese: မန္တလေးတက္ကသိုလ် [màɰ̃dəlé tɛʔkəθò]) is a public liberal arts and science university located in Mandalay, Myanmar and one of the sixteen autonomous universities under Ministry of Education. Formerly an affiliate of Rangoon University, Mandalay University is the second oldest university in Myanmar, and the oldest and largest university in Upper Myanmar. The university offers mainly undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes (Bachelor's, Master's, Post-graduate Diploma, and Doctorate) in liberal arts, sciences and law.

Main Building of Mandalay University



Mandalay University was established as Mandalay College, an affiliated college of Rangoon University in 1925.[1] The college was closed down beginning in 1942 because of World War II and was reopened only after the war in 1947.

Convocation Hall


In 1958, it became an independent university and the only university in Upper Myanmar. Regional colleges like Magwe College, Taunggyi College, Myitkyina College, and Shwebo College became affiliate colleges under Mandalay University.[1]

Per the University Education Act of 1964, which promulgated establishment of specialised universities in Myanmar, Mandalay University's focus was shifted to offer liberal arts, sciences and law degrees only. The university's Faculty of Medicine was carved out to create Institute of Medicine, Mandalay. In 1978, it was renamed Mandalay Arts and Science University (MASU) (Burmese: မန္တလေး ဝိဇ္ဇာ သိပ္ပံ တက္ကသိုလ်). It again became Mandalay University in 1988 although the university's educational focus remains liberal arts, sciences and law.

Recent history

The Ministry of Education announced that according to a survey conducted by the National Education Policy Commission, Mandalay University was ranked first among arts and science universities across Myanmar in 2017. The assessments evaluated the quality of the universities' research, training, student wellness, quality of faculty and management.[2]

Statute of U Ko Lay who was the founder of the university


With nineteen main and one supporting academic departments, University of Mandalay covers all the major subjects in arts, sciences, law.

The new academic building in 2023

Main Departments

Supporting Departments

Research Departments

  • University Research Centre (URC)


Department of Mathematics
Guest Hostel for foreign delegates and lecturers
Mandalay University Research Centre

University of Mandalay offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. The undergraduate (Bachelor's) programmes are subdivided into three categories: Liberal Arts (B.A.), Sciences (BSc), and Law(LL.B). The choice of different fields of learning takes place in upper secondary school where students choose particular subjects directed towards their tertiary education. Postgraduate degrees are separated into three groups: Doctorates, Master's, and diplomas. Although Mandalay University used to no longer offer the undergraduate degrees owing to the uprising in 1996, it now was reopened for the undergraduate degree courses with the name of Center of Excellence (COE) in 2014 and accepted only 50 selectively excellent students for each field of studies. (Although undergraduate and postgraduate programmes are still available to current days, the recognition of status of international COE of the university has been discontinued.).[3]

Programme Bachelor's Master's Postgraduate Doctorate Diploma
Anthropology BA MA MRes PhD -
Archaeology BA MA MRes PhD -
Myanmar BA MA MRes PhD -
English BA MA MRes PhD Diploma in English Language Teaching, Diploma in English Language Proficiency
International Relations BA MA MRes PhD Diploma in International Relations
Political Science BA MA, Master of Political Studies (MPols) MRes PhD Diploma in Political Science
Geography BA MA MRes PhD Diploma in Geographic Information System
History BA MA MRes PhD -
Philosophy BA MA MRes PhD Diploma in Philosophy
Psychology BA MA MRes PhD Diploma in Applied Psychology
Oriental Studies BA MA MRes PhD Diploma in Oriental Studies
Law LLB LLM MRes PhD Diploma in International Law, Diploma in Business Law
Myanmar Studies BA MA PhD -
Environmental Studies BA MA PhD -
Economics Minor courses for international relations, political science, and law students Diploma in Business Studies, Advanced Diploma in Business Studies
Botany BSc MSc MRes PhD -
Chemistry BSc MSc MRes PhD -
Industrial Chemistry BSc MSc MRes PhD -
Computer Science BSc MSc MRes PhD -
Mathematics BSc MSc MRes PhD -
Physics BSc MSc MRes PhD -
Nuclear Physics MSc MRes PhD -
Zoology BSc MSc MRes PhD -
Geology BSc MSc MRes PhD -
Microbiology BSc MSc MRes PhD -
Biochemistry BSc MSc MRes PhD -
Master of Business Administration - MBA -
Public Administration - MPA -
Tourism Studies and Management Diploma in Tourism Studies and Management

International Collaboration

  1. Cologne University, Germany (10-8-2013)
  2. Meijo University, Japan (14-11-2013)
  3. National University of Singapore, Singapore (19-2-2014)
  4. Singapore Management University, Singapore (19-2-2014)
  5. Dongguk University, Korea (15-3-2014)
  6. King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand (22-5-2014)
  7. University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law, Australia (29-5-2014)
  8. Across Borders Southeast Asia Community Legal Education (Thailand) (10-7-2014)
  9. University of Oxford, Department of Earth Sciences, United Kingdom (17-7-2014)
  10. Yokohama National University, Japan (30-7-2014)
  11. Gifu University, Japan (25-8-2014)
  12. Zurich University, Switzerland (19-11-2014)
  13. Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand (18-12-2014)
  14. Northern Illinois University, United States (13-2-2015)
  15. Suratthani Rajabhat University, Thailand (28-2-2015)
  16. Technical University of Munich, Germany (9-3-2015)
  17. Chiang Mai University, Thailand (6-4-2015)
  18. Universitatt Zu Berlin, Institute of Asian and African Studies, Germany (19-4-2015)
  19. Centre for Geogenetics, Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (24-6-2015)
  20. Faculty of Science, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand (5-9-2015)
  21. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBG Kew), United Kingdom (22-9-2015)
  22. University of Florence, Italy (31-10-2015)
  23. University of California, Riverside, United States (16-2-2016)
  24. Yunnan University, China (8-3-2016)
  25. National Chi Nan University, China (27-5-2016)
  26. University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria (14-6-2016)
  27. National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (15-6-2016)
  28. Central European University, Hungary (23-8-2016)
  29. Bard College, United States (23-11-2016)
  30. Technical University of Dortmund, Germany (2-1-2017)
  31. Mae Fah Luang University, Thailand (28-6-2017)
  32. Busan University of Foreign Studies, Korea (1-9-2017)
  33. Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology, Thammasat University Thailand (27-12-2017)
  34. Baoshan University, China (3-1-2018)
  35. Lund University, Sweden (5-3-2018)
  36. Uppsala University, Sweden (9-16-2018)


Mandalay University is partner of the "CHINLONE – Connecting Higher Education Institutions for a new leadership on National Education" project. CHINLONE is a three-year (2017-2020) international project in the field of Higher Education funded by the European Union in the frame of the Erasmus+ Capacity Building Key Action 2. The project is coordinated by the University of Bologna (Italy).
CHINLONE key aim is to contribute to the modernization and internationalization of Myanmar’s Higher Education System (HES), in order to facilitate the country’s transition toward a knowledge economy. To reach this goal, the project seeks to ignite a lasting impact in terms of the:
• Modernization of Myanmar’s university management system, through the introduction of innovative and internationally recognized HE principles which can be beneficial to local academic leaders (rectors, vice-rectors, deans, head of departments, etc.);
• Reinforced capacity to design programs, teach, and produce innovative knowledge by local faculty members, according to an approach based on students' learning outcomes. The transition, more specifically, will be tested on three pilot curricula, carefully selected by CHINLONE’s Partner Universities located in Myanmar: Humanities & Cultural Heritage, Tourism Economics, and Agrarian Sciences.
• Implementation and/or strengthening of International Relations Offices (IROs) in Myanmar’s Universities, as a pivotal step towards the internationalization of the local HES. This process, in fact, can be conducive to an improved positioning of Myanmar’s Universities within global networks, as well as to the exposition of students, faculty members and staff to European consolidated practices toward internationalization.
• Future cooperation between European countries and Myanmar for the exchange of academic knowledge at any level, by framing them in a recognized and internationally regulated scheme.


The library system of UM consists of the Central Library and 21 separate departmental libraries.
The combined holdings include approximately 186,000 books in English for all subjects and 94,000 books in Myanmar.
A new library was completed in 2013 March.
Online library project is being implemented by the Open Society Foundations and American Universities.


Mandalay intermediate College Library was established along with the Mandalay Intermediate College in the year 1925. This college and library were totally damaged by the Second World War.
Mandalay University College Library was first started with a nucleus of 2000 volumes on 17thJuly 1947. At that time the library was housed on the second floor of the university main building in the chemical laboratory hall. There, the library was moved to the first floor to main building.
As the collection of document increased, the space was found insufficient for the library. In 1995, the library was shifted to the first floor of the Razak Hall. Razak Hall has been commemorated in honor of late Saya Gyi U Razak who was a great teacher and member of our fallen national leader in independent movement. Again in 1963, it was shifted to the second floor. In 1968, the whole building could be used for the university library. In 2013 the library was moved to the new separate building in the campus. Till to date, the Mandalay University Library is the largest academic library in Upper Myanmar.

Notable alumni

This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (July 2015)


Arts and literature


Politics and Government


  1. ^ a b c Ko Yin Aung (23 December 1999). "Prospects of Education in Myanmar". The New Light of Myanmar.
  2. ^ "Mandalay University ranks highest in arts and sciences | Eleven Myanmar". Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  3. ^ "List of Colleges and Universities in and around Yangon". Archived from the original on 9 January 2009. Retrieved 20 December 2008.
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