Myanmar Maritime University

Myanmar Maritime University
Established 1 August 2002[1]
Type public
Rector Charles Than (2008)[2]
Students 450 per intake of 2010[3]
Undergraduates 1741 (2007)[4]
Location Thilawa, Thanlyin 11293
Yangon Division, Myanmar

Coordinates: 16°42′11″N 96°15′51″E / 16.70306°N 96.26417°E / 16.70306; 96.26417
Affiliations Yangon Technological University, Korea Maritime University, Nagaoka University, Nihon University, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology
Main Building of the Myanmar Maritime University

Myanmar Maritime University (MMU) (Burmese: ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံေရေၾကာင္းပညာတကၠသိုလ္, pronounced [mjəmà nàiɴŋàɴ jèdʑáuɴ pjɪ̀ɴɲà tɛʔkəθò]), located in Thanlyin in the outskirts of Yangon, is the premier university of maritime education in Myanmar. MMU, administered by the Ministry of Transportation, offers five-year bachelor's degree programs and two-year post-graduate diplomas in various marine and naval disciplines.[1] In 2007, the school had about 1800 undergraduate and graduate students, pursuing international STCW-95-standards compliant maritime education.[4]

MMU is one of the most selective universities in Myanmar as many of its students find job opportunities abroad.



MMU was established in February 2002 by the military government per the Myanmar Maritime University Act (The State Peace and Development Council Law No. 1/2002). The official mission of MMU is to "produce well competent qualified naval architects, engineers and scientists".[5] On 1 August 2002, the university first opened its doors inside the compound of Yangon Institute of Marine Technology, in Sinmalai, Yangon. Since March 2004, the university has been relocated to its present purpose-built campus in Thanlyin near Thilawa port, the country's largest port.[4]


MMU is one of the most selective universities in the country. Admissions are based primarily on the marks received in the Burmese university entrance examination(Matriculation Exam). The university does maintain a 15% quota of female students in its annual student intake, and all students must pass an eyesight exam.[6] As many of the graduates receive job offers from foreign shipping firms, admission to the university is highly competitive.[7] In 2006, the minimum university entrance exam score necessary to be admitted was 458 out of 600 marks (up from 443 marks in 2005) despite an increase in admissions to 450 students per year from 350 the year earlier.[8] In 2008, the admissions marks was 473 out of 600.[citation needed]The minimum entrance mark is 491 in 2010.


MMU offers six five-year bachelor's degree programs and two two-year post-graduate diplomas.[6] The university’s syllabus, coursework and practical training are in keeping with the standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers 1995, an international convention recognized by the International Maritime Organization that sets qualifications and training standards for personnel serving aboard seagoing merchant ships.[7]


Program Bachelor's Type Duration Notes
Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering B.E. FT 5 Yrs Accredited by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects(RINA)
Marine Engineering B.E. FT 5 Yrs
Port and Harbour Engineering B.E. FT 5 Yrs
River and Coastal Engineering B.E. FT 5 Yrs
Marine Electrical Systems and Electronics B.E. FT 5 Yrs
Nautical Science B.Sc. FT 5 Yrs

Post-graduate studies

The university offers two two-year post-graduate diplomas in shipping management and port management.

  • Shipping Management
  • Port Management


List of rectors

  • Thein Tun (2002–2007)
  • Dr. Charlie Than (2007–present)

Main departments

  • Department of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering
  • Department of Marine Engineering
  • Department of Port and Harbour Engineering
  • Department of River and Coastal Engineering
  • Department of Marine Electrical Systems and Electronics
  • Department of Nautical Science
  • Department of Shipping Management
  • Department of Port Management

Supporting Departments

Affiliated academic institutions

MMU maintains affiliations with the following academic institutions.[5]




  1. ^ a b "Myanmar Maritime University". Ministry of Transportation. Retrieved 2008-11-27. 
  2. ^ "Grants provided to brilliant students of Myanmar Maritime University". The New Light of Myanmar. 2008-07-19. 
  3. ^ | Myanmar Maritine University gaining popularity
  4. ^ a b c "History of MMU". Ministry of Transportation. Retrieved 2008-11-27. 
  5. ^ a b "Myanmar Maritime University". MMU Information Site. Retrieved 2008-11-27. 
  6. ^ a b "Programs at MMU". Ministry of Transportation. Retrieved 2008-11-27. 
  7. ^ a b Win Nyunt Lwin (2006-11-12). Maritime students enjoy more job opportunities. The Myanmar Times. 
  8. ^ Win Nyunt Lwin (2006-11-20). MMU offers new courses. 

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