School is back in session this week at Yangon University’s Hlaing Campus, 20 years after the government closed it in response to political unrest.
Over 1,000 students have started taking classes at the northern campus, which was reopened by the Department of Higher Education as a solution overcrowding classrooms at the Main Campus.
The compound that houses the Hlaing Campus was built in 1977 in a Soviet style using orange glazed bricks, giving it the nickname “Orange College.” It was officially called Regional College-2 (RC-2) until becoming Yangon University (Hlaing Campus) in 1981.
Since 2000, the compound was used the Yangon University of Education Practicing High School, also known as the Teachers’ Training College (TTC). On December 1, TTC classes moved to the main Yangon University of Education campus on Pyay Road in Kamayut Township.
Renovations on the Hlaing Campus began two months ago, and some are still under way, even after the beginning of the semester.
The Department of Higher Education has posted notices online and on campus reminding students to complete their paperwork and to report unscrupulous conduct by staff members to the university’s management staff.