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Charter of Hinthada University

 (1) Foundation of Hinthada University

            It was the vision of the emergence of a university capable of producing intellectuals and technicians who can contribute to the development of Hinthada Region in Ayeyarwady Division that led to the establishment of No. (2) Regional College, Ayeyarwady Division, in Hinthada Township on 18th December, 1978. The main building was opened at the present site on 5.1.1979. It was upgraded to Hinthada College on 1.4.1980, and then to Hinthada Degree College on 20. 2. 2001, and on 28.9.2001, to Hinthada University.

(2) The Name

            The name of this institution is “Hinthada Universiy.” The university must be able to sue and defend if it is sued related to its estate, properties and information, using the university’s Common Seal.

(3) Location

            Hinthada University is situated in Kyat-kone Village, Ywa-thar-gone Village Tract, in the western part of Hinthada. It is located at north latitude 17 degrees, 38 minutes and 31 seconds; and the east longitude 95 degrees, 26 minutes and 11 seconds, at the altitude of 38 feet above the sea level. In the east of the campus, there lies Kanaung-zu Quarter, in the west, Le-ti-kwin Quarter, in the South, Sit-kwin Village and in the north, Myawaddy Quarter. Its campus covers an area of 91.45 acres.

(4) Vision

            To become a university capable of providing human resources in the nature and the conditions of the region in order to meet the nation’s needs.           

(5) Mission

The missions of the university are:

            (i)  To provide well-qualified human resources,

            (ii)  To design the curricular and syllabi suitable for the region in collaboration with international institutions,

            (iii) To continually undertake research that meets local and national needs,

         (iv)To extend specializations (Economics and Law) and to get the reasonable number of students who specialize in Philosophy and Oriental Studies,

          (v) To send scholars abroad and to do collaborative research with international institutions in order to upgrade the teachers, and

          (vi) To develop the students’ education, health, athletic abilities and their philanthropy.

(6) Object

            To emerge as an institution that conducts collaborative research with international institutions apart from the usual processes of teaching, learning and assessment

(7)  Corporate Body

            In accordance with this charter and higher education law, the president, vice-presidents, deans, professors (heads), professors, the present academic and administrative staff must be members of this university body.

            This university body must have absolute authority and capacity for making decisions and handling various affairs concerning this university. Moreover, it must have the right to sue and defend if sued, and to do all other lawful acts related to this university. 

(8)  Structure of the University (Academic and Administrative Departments)

(i) Academic Departments: Faculties

            There will be three faculties: Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Social Science and Faculty of Science.         

           Departments

            Faculty of Arts consists of Myanmar, English, and Oriental Studies departments; Faculty of Social Science, Geography, History and Philosophy; and Faculty of Science, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Zoology, Botany and Geology.

             Deans and Heads of Departments

            Deans of respective faculties will be elected once in two years by the majority’s votes. Heads of departments will be elected from senior staff whose ranks are Associate Professor and above, by the teachers’votes from respective departments.

(ii) Administrative Departments

            As administrative departments, there are Administration & Finance Department and Academic Affairs Department with a Head each. The heads of these departments will be selected and assigned by University Corporate Body.

            In a division, there will be a deputy head, and office superintendants, a branch clerks, and junior clerks. Other staff will also be appointed if necessary.

Administrative Department

              This department includes Personnel Department, Estate Department and Engineer Department.

Finance Department

             In Finance Department, there are Departments of Accounts, Audit, Pay & Expenditure, Cashier and Store. The ranks of the staff are Head of Division, Head of Branch, Office Superintendant, Accountant (1), Accountant (2), Accountant (3), and Accountant (4).

Academic Affairs Department

             This department includes the departments of Student Affairs and Hostel, Examination & Convocation, Library, Recording, Computer, Distance Education, Sports, and International Collaboration.

                The ranks in Academic Affairs Division are Head, Deputy Head, Registrar, Assistant Registrar, Office Superintendant, Branch Clerk, Senior Clerk and Junior Clerk.

                At the Library, there are Librarian, Assistant Librarian, Library Assistant (2), Library Assistant (3), and Library Assistant (4).

              In the Recording Division, there are Engineer (Recording), Assistant Engineer (Recording), Recording Technician (2), Recording Technician (3), and Recording Technician (4).

         In the Computer Division, there are Manager (System), Assistant Manager (System), Computer Operator, and Assistant Computer Operator.

                  The Distance Education Division is formed of Deputy Head of Division, Head of Branch, Office Superintendant, Branch Clerk, Senior Clerk and Junior Clerk.

                  In the Sports Department, there are Sports Officer, Sports Instructor, and Deputy Sports Instructor.

(9) The Authorities

            (i) The Council

            The Council, consisting is the supreme governing body of the university in the estate, organized in accordance with the established rules and regulations. The university’s policies and important matters are endorsed and handled by this council.

            The University Council is formed of the Rector, Heads of Departments, representatives of the faculty members, and those from Administrative Departments. It is the governing body of the university, having the right to keep the university in order, to tackle practical matters and to perform various tasks of the university.

            The university’s statutes must be in accordance with the rules and regulations for the performance of the Council’s tasks. Selection of the members of the Council and their terms, Council’s rights and the allocation of all the other tasks related to the Council must be in accordance with the rules and regulations. The Registrar must be the secretary of the Council.

            (ii) The Senate

            There must be a senate, established in accordance with the charter and by the authority of the university. Under the Academic Council, the senate is responsible for teaching the subjects, conducting examinations, systematizing and supervising researches, conferring degrees, diplomas, and certificates, and disciplining the students.

            (iii) Administrative Body

            The Administrative Body of this university is formed of the President, the University Council and the Senate.

            (iv) Term of Administrative Body Members

            The Chancellor, the President, the Vice-presidents, Deans, Heads of Academic Departments and Administrative Departments who are members of university authorities can continue working up to 65 years of age provided that they are willing to and are healthy.

(10) The President

            There must be a President and two Vice-presidents as the heads of the university. They must be selected by the University Council. They must be working or have worked as professors and heads of local or foreign universities.

 (11) Accredited and Affiliated Institutions

            This university must have the right to collaborate with any local or foreign institutions established in accordance with the National Education Law as its accredited and affiliated institutions.

 (12) Rights and Duties of the University

            (i) Admission and Programme

            Admission is granted in accordance with the specifications of the faculties.

            Present Programmes

  • BA
  • BSc
  • BA (Hons.)
  • BSc (Hons.)
  • MA
  • MSc

          Programmes to be Extended

  • PhD
  • Human Resource Development Programmes

        (ii) Rights and Duties Related to Teaching

         This university has the right to design the curricular and syllabi relevant to the region, in collaboration with international institutions. It can collaborate with those institutions in the areas of teaching and research.

            (iii) Rights and Duties Related to Administration and Finance

            This university must have the power to perform for the development of the university in accordance with the respective rules and regulations.

            (iv) Other Rights and Duties

            This university must have the power to perform for the progress of the university as long as they do not oppose this charter.

 (13) Qualification, Evaluation and Monitoring

            For the evaluation of educational qualifications, continual observations and assessments will be conducted by Internal Quality Assurance as well as External Quality Assurance Organizations.

 (14) Inter-University Organization

 (i) Organizations of Teachers, Students and Staff

            These organizations can be established with the permission of the University Council after submitting their programme, stating the name, policy, aim, structure, logo, flag, tasks, responsibilities and procedures, the election of candidates for representatives and other necessary information.

(ii) Organizations Related to Academic Subjects

These organizations can be established with the permission of the University Council after submitting their programme, stating the name, policy, aim, structure, logo, tasks, responsibilities and procedures, and other necessary information.

(iii) Social Organizations

These organizations can be established with the permission of University Council after submitting their programme, stating the name, policy, aim, structure, logo, tasks, responsibilities and procedures, and other necessary information.

(iv) Sports Organizations

These organizations can be established with the permission of University Council after submitting their programme, stating the name, policy, aim, structure, logo, tasks, responsibilities and procedures, and other necessary information.

 (15)  Equal Opportunities/Rights

            This university must offer equal educational opportunities to everyone. In admitting students, employing and promoting the staff, conferring degrees, diplomas and certificates, and in general, in implementing any plans mentioned in the charter, this university must not discriminate on the basis of political beliefs, age, skin colour, disability, origin of ethnic groups and countries, gender, marital status, race, religion, etc.

 (16) Research

            (i) Research Steering Committees for respective subjects are organized.

            (ii) A research centre will be established.

            (iii) Sufficient fund for doing various researches will be raised.

            (iv) Cash and anything necessary for doing research will be accepted from local and foreign organizations and well-wishers, provided that they do not jeopardize the nation’s security and welfare.

            (v) Researchers must have the freedom to collaborate with local and foreign organizations in accordance with the rules and regulations in the charter of this university.

            (vi) With the permission of respective professors, the researchers can transfer or exploit the findings of their research.

            (vii) Finding lucrative markets for the results of doing research is permitted. The money and other things obtained will be proportionally divided between the researcher and the respective university.

            (viii) The standard of a research is assessed by means of Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

 (17) Collaboration with Local and Foreign Institutions

            This university has the freedom for collaboration with any local and foreign institutions in teaching and research in accordance with the National Education Law.

 (18) Issue of Ordinances, Rules and Regulations

            The Council can issue ordinances, rules and regulations in accordance with the circumstances.

  • They must have an effect on the ordinances proclaimed by the charter.
  • They must be able to systematically supervise the welfare of the university including its organizations and their members, and various affairs.
  • The university must be able to supervise the status of the chancellor, vice-chancellor and officers, and of members of the organizations, their employment and dismissal in accordance with the rules and regulations.
  • The university must be able to pursue its aims and strive for its goals.

The statutes of the university must be those included in the charter. It is declared that they are valid and within the powers of the Article of the charter.

Supplementing, amending, transforming or abolishing the statutes, bylaws can be issued. The power to issue the statutes must not be limited by existing or subsequent statutes and matters related to them.

 (19) Finance

            As for finance, the major supporter is the government. Higher Education Coordinating Committee will analyze and ask for education budget necessary for respective universities. The university will also strive to obtain support or sponsor from local or foreign official organizations, regional governing bodies and well-wishers.

            The university will coordinate with union level organizations, regional and state governments, and autonomous regional governing bodies as state universities will have to raise their own funds.

            The university will accept the audit of the different levels of auditors assigned by the Office of Union Chief Auditor-General.

            The university will attempt to get financial and other support from regional government and union level organizations. The necessary budget for the university will be obtained from the union government in the form of a grant each year. Moreover, the university’s own funds will be raised legally. Budgets will be claimed from the State with the recommendation of the Ministry of Education. In asking for the education budget from the state, the agreement of the budget commission will be sought for. The university will efficiently manage its financial resources.

            Sponsors and financial support of the regional governing bodies and local communities will be accepted. The university will strive for the increase of the budget and the use of freedom for raising its own funds so that it can stand on its own budget in the long run.

 (20) Amendments to the Charter

            The Council must be able to alter, amend or add to this charter and its provisions any time, implementing the suggestions of the senate and university governing bodies.