Aung Kyaw Myint in front of The Chancelry in the early 1980s.

Aung Kyaw Myint in front of The Chancelry in the early 1980s.

Alumni Then & Now: Aung Kyaw Myint, MSc (Hons) '81

When Aung Kyaw Myint left Myanmar (then Burma) for the very first time, he found a welcoming adopted homeland in Australia.

"I had never travelled overseas before I started to travel to Australia in January 1979 to further my studies," he says.

"I attended a one-month English and Orientation course in Sydney. Amidst the cultural shock and home sickness, meeting with fellow international friends was a huge relieffor me."

After arriving in the "small town" of Canberra, Myint quickly embedded himself into the ANU Forestry Department for his Masters of Science degree and found himself among many like-minded people.

"We went on some field trips and study tours to Melbourne and Mount Gambier and it was on these trips I met Dr Jeremy Leech, who is still a friend today," he says.

"I also became very good friends with Kimball Wells, who was a PhD candidate in the Forestry Department. Both of them became my great life-long friends and we partnered in many further projects in Myanmar.