Charlie Than, Chair CEIE


Engr. Prof. Dr. Charlie Than has been the President of the Myanmar Engineering Council (MEngC) since 2016. His alma mater is the Rangoon Institute of Technology (RIT), where he graduated in 1974 with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical). He further received his master’s degree in Marine Engineering and doctoral degree in Naval Architecture.

He has served the Inland Water Transport Corporation, Myanmar, from 1974 to 2002, where he has achieved diversified experience in inland water transport, shipbuilding, shallow draft Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering. In 1996, he was appointed as a Visiting Lecturer in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering Department, Defense Service Technological Academy, Myanmar.

In 2002, he was appointed as a Pro-Rector (Academic) at the newly formed Myanmar Maritime University (MMU), the first higher educational institution in the country with quality systems. He retired from public service as a Rector of the university in 2013. Since then, he has practiced as a consultant naval architect providing technical knowledge of inland passenger vessel projects in Myanmar.

The Myanmar Engineering Council was formed under the law in 2013, and he was appointed as a Chair of the Engineering Education Accreditation Committee (EEAC). EEAC conducted the first accreditation assessments in the history of Myanmar’s higher education sector with a landmark visit to Yangon Technological University in 2015. After being appointed as the President of Myanmar Engineering Council in 2016, he facilitated the organization’s attempt for a provisional signatory of the Washington Accord and achieved it in 2019. As an experienced professional engineer and engineering education educator, he was actively involved in multi-sectoral organizations. He is a member of the National Accreditation and Quality Assurance Committee, National Education Policy Commission and a Council member of the National Science, Technology, and Innovations Council.

Dr. Charlie Than is an alumnus of Newcastle University Upon Tyne, and his selected professional recognition includes Chartered Engineer from Engineering Council (UK) and Fellows from Royal Institution of Naval Architects, UK. WFEO Special General Assembly 2021 has mandated MEngC to host Committee on Education in Engineering (CEIE) and Dr. Charlie Than as the Chair for the term of 2019 to 2023.