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Hard lessons in bid to bring back glory days of Yangon University

The institution is a ghost of the hotbed of student activism and political opposition it once was and efforts to revitalise it are facing roadblocks thanks to what critics say is the government's refusal to decentralise power

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  • Newspaper section: Spectrum
  • Writer: Mon Mon Myat
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Yangon University - which has been at the heart of Myanmar's intellectual and political life for over 75 years - is undergoing a transformation, but for many the changes are cosmetic and too slow. 

KEEPING UP APPEARANCES: Workers repair sidewalks in front of Yangon University’s Convocation Hall late last year prior to President Obama’s visit.

Yar Thet Pan, a lecturer in the university's linguistics department, is ashamed that teachers are still given red arm bands and assigned "security duty" to monitor the movement of pupils - a throwback to the paranoia over the student uprisings in 1988.

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