"The long association between Burma and Bucknell ... is proof that there remain such constant values as friendship and love of learning ... despite the vicissitudes of internal politics and international relations." - Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi in her commencement address to the Bucknell University Class of 1999
In 1858, Maung Shaw Loo left his home country of Burma to study at the University at Lewisburg - becoming the first Burmese person to attend college in the United States and Bucknell's first international student. Ever since then, Bucknell and the people of Burma have maintained strong bonds, even in the face of political turmoil in the country that's now called Myanmar.
Shaw Loo's legacy thrives more than a century and a half later: Students from Burma join almost every Bucknell class, and there are now more than 230 international students from all over the world studying here.
Spotlight on the Burma-Bucknell Connection
- Daw Aung San Suu Kyi delivered Bucknell's 1999 Commencement speech in absentia while she was under house arrest in Myanmar. The speech was delivered by Burton Levin, then U.S. ambassador to Myanmar.
- Summer 2008 Bucknell Magazine: "Historic Relationship, Contemporary Challenges." Bucknell Magazine feature on the Burma-Bucknell connection and what it means today; begins on page 26
- Summer 2008 Bucknell Magazine: "A Reciprocal Relationship: The Rickard Family and Burma." A Bucknell family's longstanding connection with Burma.