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Five Burmese educators arrived in Cambridge yesterday, members of the most important mission yet sent to the United States by the young far eastern republic.

Guests of the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency's Office of Education, they are making an extensive study of the ways of introducing technical and vocational education to Burma.

The leader of the mission is U. Kaung, Director of Public Instruction for the Burmese Government. Kaung said that Burma is just beginning to get back to normal after being almost totally destroyed by the Japanese during the war. "Our books were burned and our instruments were destroyed," he said. "We had to start from scratch."

The libraries have been restocked and the liberal arts programs are back to a better than pre-war condition, but the technical programs are lagging behind, Kuang added.

Members of the mission were most impressed by the complete autonomy of Harvard and Yale. Kuang was proud to say that the University of Rangoon has now reached such a state.

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