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First Facebook talk given at Mandalay Medical University

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – A formal talk about Facebook, the popular social networking site, was presented at Mandalay Medical University in Mandalay Division on Tuesday, February 8, according to sources.

Rector Dr. Than Win delivers a formal talk about the Facebook at Mandalay Medical University on Tuesday, February 8, 2011. In Burma, it was considered to be the first formal talk about a social networking site at Burmese academic institutions. Photo : Than Win FacebookThe talk is considered to be one of the first about a social networking site presented to a government-backed institution.

Rector Dr. Than Win delivered a talk to students, lecturers and government employees about the the site, which has been cited as an important factor in organizing the demonstrations in Egypt. The site is generally used by friends to keep in touch with friends.

Dr. Than Win, a prominent obstetrics and gynecology doctor, has a Facebook account and his page was widely seen by doctors and medical students inside Burma and in foreign countries, sources said.

Up-to-date information about Mandalay Medical University has been published on his Facebook page regularly.

Some consultants and retired consultants also have Facebook accounts. Among them, Dr. Thein Oke Kyaw Myint, a senior pediatrician and former official of UNICEF; and Dr. Maung Manug Nyo, a retired professor of anatomy and a writer; both are well known users of Facebook.

There are two well known Facebook groups organized by Burmese doctors, who are alumni of  the Myanmar Institute of Medicine and the Institute of Medicine Retired Teachers Fund. Most of the members of the two groups are professors and students from the four medical universities in Burma and the Defense Services Medical Academy.

Similarly, Burmese academics from other fields also have created Facebook groups.


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