The University of Forestry and Environmental Science (Yezin) is the only University in Myanmar with a long history of 99 years since the introduction of advanced forestry. A Forestry Technological Vocational Training School was established in Myanmar in 1898 in Thayawady, Bago Region, and began teaching forestry as a degree. Around 1923, forestry was introduced as a higher education under the Yangon University’s administration. In 1925-1926, the Department of Forestry was established and expanded its teaching of forestry. Before World War II, from 1935 until the end of World War II, forestry training was closed for 15 years. Myanmar became independent from the British in 1948 and reopened in 1950, two years later, under the Faculty of Science of the University of Yangon. On June 1, 1958, the Faculty of Forestry was established as a separate department. In 1985, it seceded from Yangon University and moved to Yezin, where it continued to operate as the Department of Forestry under Yezin Agricultural University. It has a long history of playing an important role in spreading forestry education to Asian countries, where even foreign students such as Thailand and Nepal came to study. On July 16, 1992, it was separated from Yezin Agricultural University and became an independent institute. In 2003, it became the University of Forestry. On October 10, 2017, it was renamed the University of Forestry and Environmental Science.
Currently, the University of Forestry and Environmental Science ( Yezin ) is located in Yezin, Zeyar Thiri Township, Naypyidaw, Myanmar and coexists with Yezin Agricultural University, University of Veterinary Science and research departments such as the Department of Agricultural Research and the Department of Forest Research.
In 1923, when the advanced forestry was upgraded to the University level, the study period was fixed at two years, with 6 to 10 students, In 1925, after expanding the Department of Forestry at Yangon University, the study period was extended to three years. In 1964, the number of students was increased to 50, and the study period was extended to 6 years. From 1995 to the present, the study period is 5 years. Since 2006, the number of students was accepted to 200, and in the following years, only 100 students are accepted from the applications.
Former Professors and Rectors
Heads of the department of forestry and University who taught advanced forestry at the University of Yangon and the current University of Forestry and Environmental Science ( Yezin ) are recorded as follows.
Former professors of the Department of Forestry at Yangon (Rangoon) University were R.A. Cochrane (1930-xx), C.W.D.Kermode (1952-1958), U Thein Han (1958-1959), U Kyi (1959-1966), U Tun Kyaw (1966-1974), U Khin Maung Aye (1974-1975), U Ye Lyan Swan (1976-1982, U Soe Kyi (1983-1991). After the formation of the University, U Saw Yan Aung Du (1992-1995), U Soe Tint (1995-1996), U Aung Kyin (1996-2000), U Aung Than (2000-2001), U Win Kyi (2002-2007), U Khin Maung Zaw (2007-2010), Dr Myint Oo (2010-2019), Dr San Win (Pro-Rector), (2019-2020), Dr Khin Maung Sint (2019-2021) served as rectors. A coup began on the morning of 1 February 2021, and the university management is carried out by the University Council.