UC Students, Faculty, and Alumni Studying Abroad

College of Science and Technology:
Mr. Sriv Tharith has received a scholarship to attend a PhD
program for computer science in South Korea.
Ms. San Sok Him has received a scholarship to attend a
master’s degree program for computer science in South

College of Management:
Mr. May Som Art will attend a master’s
degree program for global management at Seoul National University, in
South Korea.

Ms. Nara Sokhema has received a Chevening UK Government Scholarship,
and is currently attending a master’s degree program in the UK.

Ms. Tang Sreyneang is currently attending a semester abroad at Solbridge
International School of Business at Woosong University, in South Korea.

Mr. Ky Vannroath has received a scholarship from the Korean Government Scholarship
Program (KGSP), and will attend a master’s program for information systems at
Gyeongsang National University in South Korea.

The program includes a one year Korean language program
in addition to the two year master’s degree program.
When asked what advice he would give to students hoping
to study abroad, he replied, “First is English. It’s the main
driving tool that can help you to show out what you have
inside you. Second is your study background. Try hard
never die. Make sure you also obtain a good score for your
overall GPA so that you have more chance in winning the
scholarship over other potential candidates. Third is participation.
Make sure you try to participate in the event organized
by school, or lecturer so that you can gain more real
life experience and confidence in yourself. To me, I gained
more confidence in my English, and the way I communicate
with people from UC Debate club.”

Mr. Seng Sienghour has received a scholarship from the Czech Government and is currently attending a master’s degree program for management and economics. When asked what advice he would give to students hoping to study abroad, he replied, “In order to obtain the scholarship to study abroad, the most important thing is to be well- prepared. Students have to spend their time to read the information and be aware of scholarship requirements, and start to prepare some documents before they start to apply for the scholarship. This means they have to make sure that they are ready and have enough documents to catch the scholarship. Here are some documents that they should prepare:

1. Official Transcript
2. Degree Certificate
3. Motivation Letter
4. Recommendation Letter
5. Certificate of English Proficiency Test Score (TOEFL , IELTS)
6. Other certificate of social work
7. And other documents required by different types of scholarship”

College of Social Science:

Mr. Long You Pheng has received a Chevening UK Government Scholarship and is currently attending a master’s degree program in the UK.

Mr. No Sophearith has received a scholarship to attend a master’s degree program in China.

Mr. Sen Sopheara is currently attending a master’s degree program in South Korea.

Mr. Khov Ea Hai is currently attending a master’s degree program in South Korea.

Mr. Seng Sopheak has received a Chinese Government Scholarship and will attend a master’s degree program for software engineering at Beijing Jiaotong University, recognized as 1 of the top 3 software engineering schools in China.

When asked what advice he would give to students hoping to study abroad, he replied, “For students who wish to study abroad, it’s better to prepare yourself for what country and field you prefer to study, enhance English proficiency, and find scholarship information via the school websites as well as scholarship pages on Facebook.”

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Outstanding Students: Term 2

What are your daily study habits?
“I study every day. I review my lessons at night during the week, and search for new information in the afternoon
on the weekends. I study for about one hour a day, two hours maximum.”

Do you do anything different when studying for a quiz or exam?
“Yes. I will skip doing research and focus only on reviewing lessons and notes. Also, I will study longer than
usual, maybe three hours instead of two. I also study with classmates and ask questions to my lecturers.”

Do you study at another university or have a job or internship?
“I also study at ACE. I take a general English course every morning. I don’t have a job or internship. I would
like to, but I haven’t found the opportunity.”

How do you manage your time and schedule?
“I use a calendar on my computer for assignments and deadlines.”

Being a student can be a very stressful and busy time, how do you manage your health?
“I always find time to go out with friends and relax. My family is also very supportive. They allow me to
focus my time on studying and don’t make me do much housework. Also, my dad loves healthy food, and
always makes sure that I have a healthy meal at home.”

What are your future plans?
“I am hoping to work in the government after I graduate, or to receive a scholarship to study for my master’s
degree abroad.”

What advice can you give to other students who are hoping to be more successful next term?
“Three things: first, spend more time studying than playing Facebook. Second, be open minded and don’t be
afraid to ask questions. When we have a problem with studying, our friends or lecturers can help. And third,
as a student we have to welcome feedback. Don’t feel ashamed of getting bad results; realize that they can
help us to get better results next time.”

What are your daily study habits?
“I usually study for one hour every night. I read books and articles related to Cambodian law, and complete
my assignments. I always ask questions in class; in fact, I can say that I am ‘Mr. Question’. We should not
avoid asking questions. Most teachers feel happy to answer questions related to their subject.”

Do you do anything different when studying for a quiz or exam?
“I will review all material for many hours. Usually, the day before the exam I will study the whole day. I
prefer to study alone because I can concentrate and no one interrupts.”

Do you study at another university or have a job or internship?
“Actually, I just finished a degree in Economics from RULE. I have also been studying English for three
years at IFL. I am an intern for UC welcome weeks, and I participated in the Mock-ASEAN Summit at UC.
I also do social work through IFL. I am a member of the Cambodian Red Cross Youth.”

How do you manage your time and schedule?
“I make notes in my phone for deadlines, meetings, appointments, assignments and exams.”

Being a student can be a very stressful and busy time, how do you manage your health?
“I always spend time to relax. I will go on vacation in nature to the beach or Bokor Mountain. I also eat a
lot. I eat food that will give me energy like fish and vegetables. I know that exercise is important too, but
right now I am too busy.”

What advice can you give to other students who are hoping to be more successful next term?
“First, they must be more proactive. Don’t waste time; instead, do things that are useful. They should join
social work to broaden their knowledge and understanding of society. Also, I hope that all students try hard
because ASEAN integration is coming, and investment in knowledge is an investment in the future. We can
gain many experiences form ASEAN integration, but we must be qualified in order to compete for the good
positions within Cambodia and other ASEAN nations. Finally, I want to say that education does give us
magic hands.”

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UC International New Year Celebration

By Saya Linda

On Sunday 29th December 2013, the University of Cambodia Student Senate (UCSS) celebrated International New Year with the greater UC Family at the University of Cambodia. The celebration, organized under the title “Great UC Family: Memory and Charity,” was led by Miss Saya Linda (President of UCSS). The objectives of this celebration were to promote prosperity and show off the University of Cambodia’s best student talents. It was a great opportunity for UC students, lecturers, staffs and management team to come together and enjoy student activities produced by UCSS. It helped mark the end of a successful 2013 year and welcome in the 2014 new year.

Not only did the event created a sense of unity and belonging, but it also enhanced UC students community outreach program by raising funds for Taramana organization to build their capacity to help children living in the slum areas. The community social event was a wonderful opportunity for all to learn and share in the cultural diversity of Cambodia.

Traditionally, the University of Cambodia celebrate International New Year celebration at the end of December to mark the end of a successful year and launch the beginning of a vibrant new one. This International New Year event, in particular, was held on Sunday evening. Dynamic performances from UC students included songs, dance performances, and a group dance from kids from Taramana organization waw among the highlights of the evening.

H.E. Dr. Kao Kim Hourn (President of the University of Cambodia) and Her Excellency Khem Rany (Director-General of SEATV) formally opened the ceremony. The formal program began with welcoming speech from Miss Saya Linda (President of University of Cambodia Student Senate) and was followed by a Keynote addressing by H.E. Dr. Kao Kim Hourn (President of the University of Cambodia). Afterwards, there were many activities set forth in the agenda including blessing dance, songs and group performances from UC students. Special performances by guest stars from Hang Meas production such as Mr. Alex Chentra, Mr. Manith, Miss Tep Boprek, Mr. Zono, and Miss Chhet Sovanpannha made the event memorable and enjoyable.

It was such a joyful and a successful event that catered to more than 600 participants including students, faculty, staff, and members of the general public. Nine booths set up by UCSS for our UC students to sell different kinds of goods such as meatballs, drinks, souvenirs, magazines, etc. Fifty percent of sales proceeds and additional fi nancial gifts from H.E. Dr. Kao Kim Hourn and H.E. Khem Rany were donated to Taramana organization, whose objective is to provide quality education and health services to poor children from Boeung Salang slum area so they can have a better future.

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ASEAN-India Youth

Exchange Program 2013
By Saya Linda

Miss Saya Linda (President of the University of Cambodia Student Senate) participated in the “ASEAN-India Youth Exchange Program 2013.” The program was hosted by the Federal Government of India and coordinated by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). There were 110 youths from five ASEAN member states (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia and Malaysia) that participated in the exchange program. The exchange program aimed to promote ASEAN youth entrepreneur leadership, to enhance and strengthen the cooperation between ASEAN countries and India, and to promote cultural exchange between ASEAN and Indian students. Among these 110 delegates, there were 25 youths from Cambodia.

During the 10-day program, the delegates from Cambodia visited three cities – Cochin, Jaipur and New Delhi. During the first three days in Cochin city, there was a wide range of activities. First, delegates attended an introduction session about Cochin city and some Dos and Don’ts in India. Then all delegates went on to sight-seeing at Kerala Folklore, a three-style architectural museum, Kerala seashore, Christian churches and Cochin synagogue. The agenda also included visits to School for Community Management Study, Coir Company, and Greater Cochin Development Authority where we had the chance to interact with Indian students. We learned about Coir’s products and its economic value. Also, we learned about GCDA’s roles in developing Cochin city into an economic hub.

During the next three days in the city of Jaipur, Cambodian delegates visited JECRC, one of the leading college of Management and Engineering school in town. We learned about educational development in India. We were also briefed about the curriculum and facilities at JECRC, as well as an interaction session with its students. The next visit was to Lotus Dairy Enterprise where delegates learned about dairy industry in Jaipur, the company products, and production process in the factory. In addition, there was an interaction session with the Young India Committee (YIC), an institution for young Indian entrepreneurs aged 25-40 which focuses on nation building and individual development. The visit carried on to sight-seeing at two historical sites in the old city of Jaipur – Amber Fort and Jantar Mantar, as well as Chokhi Dhani, a cultural village, for a night out and dining. In the morning we departured to New Delhi for the Opening Ceremony and Gala Dinner.

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ASEAN-JAPAN Youth Leader Forum

ASEAN-JAPAN Youth Leader Forum:
Roles of Youth in the ASEAN-JAPAN Relation in the 21st Century
30th November – 2nd December 2013

By Song Lin

Three UC student representatives, Miss Song Lin, Mr. Long Youpheng, and Mr. Lim Nguon joined 50 other ASEAN youth participants in the “ASEAN-Japan Youth Leader Forum: Roles of Youth in the ASEAN-Japan Relation in the 21st Century.” The primary aim of the Youth Leader Forum was to have Cambodia host the ASEAN-Japan Youth Leaders’ Forum as one of the commemorative activities to mark the 40th Anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Dialogue Relations in 2013. In addition, the Forum soughts to further uphold the importance of people to people contracts and cultural exchanges in order to build mutual understanding and friendship between ASEAN and Japan. The Forum’s secondary objectives were to seek ASEAN-Japan Young Leaders’ perspectives on (1) political and security cooperation; (2) economic and financial cooperation; (3) socio cultural cooperation; and (4) future directions and the role of youth in further deepening ASEAN-Japan relations.

In his opening remarks H.E. Im Koch emphasized the important role of youth in building societies in their individual countries, in building the ASEAN Community, as well as in promoting peace, security and prosperity in the region and the world at large. During the forum, youth recommended ASEAN and Japanese leaders to consider enlarging and extending the current scope of cooperation from the intergovernmental level to the community and people to people levels, and providing a role for youth to play in regional development. After much discussion and brainstorming ASEAN-Japan youth leaders provided the following recommendations on the forum’s secondary objectives aimed at increasing youth participation in regional development.

1. Political and Security Cooperation

• Encourage the Leaders of ASEAN and Japan to continuously engage in development dialogues and consensus building;
• Encourage their governments to strengthen collaboration, promote understanding, education, and human rights among ASEAN and Japan youth;
• Suggest ASEAN member states and Japan promote youth participation in decision-making process through their representatives and the use of new age social network technology
• Suggest that youths should engage more in the area of non-traditional security (NTS) matters, including smuggling and migrations;
• Suggest linking Japan to existing mechanisms and bodies within ASEAN, as well as civil society organizations;

2. Economic and Financial Cooperation

• Recognize Japan’s contribution to economic development;
• Consideration issues related to labour movement, free flow of goods and services, investment and agreement implementation;
• Raise awareness as well as enhancing the linkages to maximize the economic and financial benefits of both parties;
• Consider youth potential in the labour market – work to link educational to economic opportunities for the youth;
• Recognize that each country will do its best to meet regional standards and regulations in order to be competitive in the market;
3. Socio-Cultural Cooperation
a. Recommend to continue efforts of promoting belonging of an Asia community without barrier and prejudice among ASEAN-Japan youth of ASEAN;
b. Recommend incorporation youth participation in helping preserve of cultural heritage within ASEAN and Japan regions through cultural exchange programs;
c. Continue to promote ASEAN and Japan socio-cultural cooperation to enhance Asia values;
d. Recommend to follow up on forum’s action plan to enhance relations of ASEAN and Japan youth;

4. Future Direction
a. Propose to engage youth in the political-security arena such as counter-terrorism, human trafficking issues, and conflict resolution and prevention;
b. Promote gender equality and women empowerment by engaging women in every sectors of the economy;
c. Promote youth capacity building, especially at the grass-root level;
d. Propose to jointly address common regional challenges such as healthcare, environment issues, women and children empowerment, urbanization, food security, disaster management, and climate change;
e. Continue encourage knowledge sharing and technology transfer to narrow the intellectual property right gas;
The Forum reiterated the important role of youths in raising awareness, identifying challenges, and making recommendation to enhance ASEAN-Japan development. ASEAN and Japan youth have important roles to play in society development. In order to have a lasting future youth perspective matters. Vibrant youthful ideas can help contribute to building a prosperous Asia community.

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You Panith, 22, is one of the 500 recipients who obtained a scholarship from The University of Cambodia (UC) in 2007. He is the third year student majoring in English literature. His passion of the subject has pushed him to immerse himself in studying extensively in various types of literature, especially Khmer and English literature. Understanding the benefits of literature’s roles in the society, Panith is pleased to share his knowledge in the subject with other people, particularly with university students.

He said the basic aspect of literature is to educate people, and after years of studying literature, both Khmer and English literature, he has learned a vast variety of subjects consisting in literature’s contents. It has broadened his general knowledge in the areas of history, society, environment, culture, and philosophy. In addition,
it also guides and provides solutions on how to deal with problems in society.

“Studying literature helps learners understand about the progress of society, and it serves as a mirror that reflects social conditions. It brings learners to comprehend the ways that people live, in different places and historical backgrounds,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly during an interview.

He continued to say that good literature pieces will be able to open readers’ eyes to perceive the whole world. “You will learn about their history, society, culture, politics, and the ways that they interact with each other if you study foreign literature.” Comparing the differences between English and Khmer literature, Panith said that Khmer literature texts are more focused on description and narration and authors do not directly bring readers to understand the texts’ meaning by using actual words. Instead, they tend to use a lot of literary terms, especially comparative ones.

On the other hand, English literature pieces usually present what writers want to express directly to readers.

Another different aspect of the two literatures is about the historical and social dissimilarity, which leads written texts to have different contents. Although there are many kinds of literature that are various from country to country and time to time, all sorts of literatures, however, possess basic elements in common as the goal
of every literature piece is to entertain, simultaneously, educate, and energize readers through witty words that are excellently used by writers, he said.

He also noticed that there are a few major difficulties in studying this major. Basically, some novels, short stories, and other sorts of literature writing are complex to understand and analyze which, as a result, might lead students to misinterpretat the texts. It also requires students to read extensively.

To tackle these challenges, he said that he has to read a lot, which is, in particular, included the knowledge of historical backgrounds and contexts of the story because different literature pieces might result from different trends, history, culture, and settings.

Moreover, sharing and discussing with friends are also important for him to learn and exchange feedback that they, in turn, will be able to assist him to get out of unclear points. He added that his favorite English novelist is Virginia Woolf and Cambodian author, Mao Samnang.

Besides having a bachelor degree in English literature at UC, Panith is also majoring in Economics at the National University of Management (NUM). After finishing high school degree from Tbong Khmum High School in 2007, he has moved to school in Phnom Penh, where, at same year, he obtained scholarship from the two universities.

“I want to become a teacher of English literature at The University of Cambodia because I want to educate young people and improve education sector in the country,” he said. ” (SEAW


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