Mr. Leav Kimlay

What did you like about UC?

“Using English as the medium of instruction allows me to advance my English skills in addition to my chosen major. Frequently, there are workshops and guest lectures on campus where students could learn from experienced speakers. I find it very useful to have different events organized by students on and off campus.”

What did you think of your program’s facilities such as available technology, resources, and the classrooms?

“What makes me enjoy as a student at UC is to have hundreds of course books in the two big and comfortable libraries. Some classrooms are too big, meaning too many students, yet I still find it calm. Frankly, internet access (Wifi) could be faster and easier to get access. However, the E-library serves as the best place for doing online research with a number of on-desk computers available for every student.”

What accomplishments did you achieve during your university experience?

“In 2011 I was one among students majoring in IR who successfully organized the Mock Cambodia- Thailand Bilateral Meeting. As a scholarship student, I maintained high academic performance, and I received the academic excellence award in 2012. In the same year, I was a part of the organizing commit¬tee of the, ‘Mock ASEAN Summit: Challenges and Opportunities of AFTA 2015’. In this mock summit, I was a speaker representing Vietnam. I, with four other students, represented UC and participated in the 2012 Summer Camp held in Siem Reap. Later in 2013, I won first place in the essay contest organized by the European Commission in Cambodia. In terms of extra-curricular activities I was a volun¬teer for People’s Health Development Association (PHD) in 2012. I was also a Member of the United Nations Youth Advisory Panel, from 2012 to 2014, where I represented a diversity of youth and worked closely with the UN country team on the issues of young people. In late 2013, I become a member of the U.S Ambassador’s Youth Council where I am now the president.”

Was there a professor, staff member, or fellow student who made a lasting impression on you or helped you when you were at UC? How? Why?

“Yes! Some professors are very helpful. What I could say is that UC students are challenging to¬wards excellence. Yet, we are very friendly and help¬ful to one another. Group discussions were always made to expand our understanding.”

Do you still keep in contact with any of your classmates, professors, or staff?

“I still maintain good relationships with my class¬mates, professors and some staff. Social media like Facebook helps me a lot with this.”

What was your most memorable moment as a student at the University of Cambodia?

“I could say it was when we celebrated Khmer New Year and the Christmas party, both in the old and new campus. Mock bilateral meeting and the Mock ASEAN summit are also memorable events for me.”

What would you like to tell prospective students about the university or the program?

“My short message to them is that the UC is truly a place for future leaders. What I must admit is that most UC students are known for their best perfor¬mance. UC is a higher education institution where oversea-scholarship holders and successful students are from.”

What advice can you offer to incoming or current students?

“I would like them to cultivate the culture of read¬ing both within themselves and with others. Getting involved in extra-curricular activities like intern¬ships and volunteer work is what they really should do. My experience shows me how important it is to build good communication leading to network build¬ing. Through this, they can follow up all the infor¬mation on new opportunities. Good opportunities never knock the door twice. Finally, they should use their time wisely.”

What is your current job? Is your current job re¬lated to your study program from the University of Cambodia?

“I am currently the President of the U.S Ambassa¬dor’s Youth Council (AYC). My major at UC helps me a lot in this work as it requires a lot of leadership and communication skills.”

How has UC encouraged you to pursue your career?

“Learning in UC, I was encouraged to get involved in social work since the first academic year. Basical¬ly, my chosen major at UC helped me have a clearer insight of what career type I am passionate about. I can apply well the theoretical study in my current position.”

What are your career achievements you would like to share with students?

“For the past three years, my biggest achievement is to work with NGOs in Cambodia to deal with the issues of young people such as education, employ¬ment, environment, sexual and reproductive health and participation. Earlier this year, in late October, I was the only youth representative from Cambodia to speak at the First Global Forum on Youth Policies in Baku, Azerbaijan, which had the participation of experts, youth activists, and ministers from over 165 countries around the world.”
Can current UC students/alumni contact you for career related advice? How should they contact you?
“They can contact me through my email: kimlay.fame@gmail.com
Facebook: Kimlay Leav”

Describe UC in 3 words?

“UC: University for elite students.”

Do you still believe in the same principles as you did when you were a student?

“Some of my old principles have changed. Career life has taught me to think bigger and out of the box. When it comes to career life, it is more competitive and challenging. However, the right principles in school help me perform better at work.”

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A l u m n i T a l k: Mr. Uy Akhara

What did you like about the UC program?

“Using English as a mode of instruction, UC pro­gram was well known and popular among outstand­ing students and working employees who want to pursue their studies at the same time they are em­ployed. Quality teachers and good study discipline are among other things that the UC program was about.”

What did you think of your program’s facilities, such as available technology, resources, and the classrooms?

“UC provides rich facilities, including available technology, library with many reading materials, and well equipped classroom with enough space and good atmosphere.”

What accomplishments did you achieve during your university experience?

“Besides my degree, I learned a lot from my univer¬sity experience with UC. I got chances to do more research in order to meet my course requirement, where my research skill was improved. I built more network among my classmates as many of them are working students.”

Was there a professor, staff, or fellow student who made a lasting impression on you, or helped you when you were here at UC? How? Why?

“Every professor was helpful and qualified. I like the motivation they gave and instruction they provided, especially on teamwork among the students. And, that was really an impressing experience that I had with my classmates through working as a team on some specific research projects at UC.”

Do you still keep in contact with any of your classmates, professors, or staff?

“Yes, I still keep in contact with some of my class¬mates, professors and staff. With these contacts, I sometime use my network at UC to fulfill some of my assignments at work with the U.S. Embassy.”

What would you like to tell prospective students about the university or the program?

“UC provides quality education. University experi¬ence there was a bit challenging, but in return you will have real knowledge and skills – not just a degree on paper.”

What was your most memorable moment as a student of the University of Cambodia?

“It was once the unforgettable experience that the students were tasked to do field research for the course of Social Change and Sociology of Com¬munity Development. It was the first time I had my practical experience doing field research. I enjoyed collecting information by making interview with my research respondents, analyzing data and writing report on my research.”

What advice can you offer to incoming or current students?

“Choosing a university to pursue your study is important. At the same time, you should also think about subject for your study. Picking the right sub¬ject for your study would produce a good impact for your career and life. Do more research and reading to get more information on your studies. The more you read, the wider knowledge and ideas you will have!”

What is your current job? Is your current job re¬lated to your study program from the University of Cambodia?

“As the alumni coordinator, I’m working on man¬agement of the educational exchange programs. I’m working with the alumni in developing and imple¬menting the alumni projects, I’m coordinating the Ambassador’s Youth Council, and I’m managing the Young South East Asian Leaders Initiative program. My study program at UC is directly related to my current job as my main responsibilities involve edu-cational development, empowering youth, and many other development related issues.”

How has UC program encouraged you to pursue your career?

“My knowledge on general development and re¬search was improved through the UC program. I had a broader understanding in the field of my study, which I can use to apply and sharpen my inputs at work.”

What are your career achievements you would like to share with students?

“The knowledge and skills I got from UC have helped me to accomplish my work in a way that is effective and efficient. Complementary to my profes¬sional experience, I was built up with confidence on my educational quality throughout UC’s academic program. Specifically, I have used these knowledge and skills to find a good job, which to some extent, contributes to the development of Cambodia in spe¬cific fields as aforementioned.”

What career advice would you like to give to stu¬dents to better prepare them for the real world?

“Commitment always brings you success. Be com¬mitted at work, and plan for your career develop-ment. This also involves the first step when you decide on your major of study and career choice. Remember that failure is not the end of your world, but failure to try what you wish to accomplish is a mistake.”

Can current UC students/alumni contact you for career related advice? How should they contact you?

“UC students/ alumni are welcome to contact me for career related advice. I can be contacted via my email uyakhara@gmail.com.”

Describe UC in 3 words?

“From my personal perspective and experience, UC can be described as Quality Education, Discipline, and Success.”

Do you still believe in the same principles as you did when you were a student?

“I still believe in the same principles as I did when I was a student. However, I tend to put more of my effort in to finding more information and evidence to support any principles I believe in.”

What is your lasting impression of UC?

“I strongly believe UC is going on the right path. Although UC has built a strong foundation on its education and principles, it needs to keep a careful caution on current and future development in order to promote a better quality education and to respond to the need of labor markets nationally, regionally and globally.”

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A l u m n i T a l k: Ms. Ekvisoth Khatty

What did you like about UC program?

A credit system program facilitates student to finish their course faster the normal program of the government university and professors are from different institutions in Cambodia as well as abroad.

What did you think of your program’s facilities such as available technology, resources, and the classrooms?

It was acceptable as UC had the rule for all teachers who need LCD or classrooms for makeup class shall propose to UC contact person in advance. But I observed that some course had a crowded student which led difficulty to student in learning in spite of big room.

What accomplishments did you achieve during your university experience?

Besides having bachelor degree at law, I gained more knowledge and experiences from lecturers as well as my classmates.

Was there a professor, staff, fellow student who made a lasting impression on you or helped you when you were here at UC? How? Why?

Professors were almost supported me in case of need, particularly in the assignments. They gave clear instruction and did more explanation whenever I need their support. Staff at Registrar office was open for help when I asked for GPA. In general, they (professor, staff, and fellow students) were open for discussion and finding solutions to overcome problem met.

What was your most memorable moment as a student of the University of Cambodia?

My most memorable was group assignment with different group members as UC implementing a credit system.

What do you like to tell prospective students about the University or the program?

Accreditable University.

What advice can you offer to incoming or current students?

Getting old is not the barrier for learning, as I am now still proceed for master degree at law despite being old woman.

What is your current job? Is your current job related to your study program from the University of Cambodia?

My current job is designing and managing a program for protecting children from all forms of violence at all setting. My study program on law is helping me to do reflection how the existing laws of Cambodia protect children.

How has UC program encouraged you to pursue your career?

My future career is to be a freelance consultant and I can work with legal agencies or civil society organizations that need to work for child protection program.

What are your career achievements you would like to share with students?

Working smart and keeping learning for self-improvement is the key points for career achievement.

What career advice would you like to give to students to better prepare them for the real world?

If possible, applying to be internship or volunteer in particular agency related to the student program study will help them in preparation for the real work after they graduated from the university.

Describe UC in 3 words?

-Building new leaders

-Promoting Accountability

-Contributing to Cambodia development

What is your lasting impression of UC?

I do realize that UC now has a study program in Khmer; so how could UC program maintain their enrollment balance of student in studying in English and in studying in Khmer?

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The University of Cambodia “Undergraduate Final Centralized Examinations” Term II (March 20, 2017 – July 16, 2017) Exam Date: July 10 – 16, 2017

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