Mr. Bun Penghuy

I am Bun Penghuy, a fresh graduate who received a scholarship from the University of Cambodia. Upon graduation with a Bachelor’s Degree of Law (L.L.B) from the University of Cambodia, I was offered a job as a Legal Adviser at KCP Cambodia law firm, whose head office is in Singapore. I am pleased to share my experience as a law student at UC.

I have learned and gained legal knowledge from different lecturers, some of whom are lawyers, prosecutors, and judges. During that time, I really enjoyed discussing and debating legal matters, not only with my class­mates but also with lecturers. Unexpectedly, I enrolled into a course called “Legal Research and Writing,” taught by Mr. Mam Thana, Associate Dean for the College of Law. This particular course is very useful for law students to shape their future careers. For instance, when I applied to the law firm I am currently work­ing for, I was asked to take a test consisting of legal knowledge and skills. One of the test items was to write a letter of advice to clients. Suddenly, I recalled what I had learned from “Legal Research and Writing,” and wrote what I could remember from the course. After the interview, waiting for the result for one day, and then being offered the position, I came to realize that UC has truly helped me a lot, especially the above-mentioned course. I am strongly confident that the law courses conducted at UC are fundamental in prepar­ing students for their desired careers.

I would like to express my sincere thanks to all of my law lecturers, namely Lecturer Eang Sopheak, Lectur­er Than Chanchamnan, Lecturer Chan Dararasmey, Lecuter Keo Vanny, and especially Associate Dean Mam Thana, for teaching me how to write the memorandums of law. Also, thanks to UC for helping to shape the person I am today. Without a scholarship from UC, I would not have the success I have today, especially; I would not have gotten this job. I encourage you all to get involved with UC activities as much as possible.

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Mr. Lim Nguon

What did you like about UC?

“The academic program conducted in English has prepared me to be a global citizen, catching up with the global market trend and development. The flexibility of the academic program with the elective course op­tions gave me the opportunity to select courses aligned with my interests and strengths.”

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

“The program’s facilities are among the best universities in the nation, which enables students to concentrate on their studies and research. However, comparing to other universities in the region, the facilities are still limited and need further improvements in order to provide students an ease to do research and access to the most up-to-date study materials and resources.”

What accomplishments did you achieve during your university experience?

“I got an opportunity to go on an exchange program at Payap University in Thailand, specializing in Inter­national Business Management for a semester in 2010. Later on, I won a scholarship from the US Embassy to join an exchange program called Study of the US Institute for Student Leaders on Global Environmental Issues and Leadership in 2012. The same year, I got another scholarship to participate in a short-term study program of Peace and Human Security in Asia, in Japan. I was also selected to be the representative of Cam­bodian youth in the ASEAN-Japan Youth Forum in 2013. I graduated with an honorable GPA of 3.94.”

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?

“Many professors, staff, and fellow students were really helpful during my academic life. They gave me lots of support and encouragement for my academic and career advancement.”

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

“I still keep in touch with them though we are scattering in different parts of the globe. Thanks to technol¬ogy, we can update each other and discuss and help each other on a certain aspects of our careers, graduate study and research, and life matters. Physical distance and busy schedules do not hinder our relationships and networking. Many classmates, professors, and UC staff come to Tokyo for business trips, and we had a good time catching up with each other, since I am now based in Tokyo. On May 31, 2015, I had a chance to catch up with H.E. Dr. Kao Kim Hourn, Dr. Haruhisa Handa, and many UC Alumni at The Young Parlia¬mentarians’ Global Opinion Summit in Tokyo. We were proud and glad for the UC family mini-reunion.”

What was your most memorable moment as a student at UC?

“I loved the moments when I worked in a research team with my peers, went to the field to collect data, joined an international conference such as the Asia Economic Forum, competed in national debate com¬petitions, volunteered in the ASEAN summit while Cambodia was the host country, and organized an event and a field trip for exchange and local stu¬dents. Those are the most wonderful moments of my university life.”

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

“The English-based academic program with flexibil¬ity to select elective courses based on your interest prepares you to catch up on the opportunities of the job market. Extra-curricular activities help you mas¬ter essential skills for the success in your career.”

What advice can you offer to incoming or current students?

“University is a transition platform of life. Choosing and pursuing the right track, your life will be differ-ent. If you could maximize the opportunity to learn and get hands-on experience, besides classroom learning, you will see a wonderful world with op¬portunities to succeed in the future for your career development. Go for a study abroad program at least one semester, as it will open up your mindset of the world. And it will help you a lot to grab the oppor¬tunity when the ASEAN Community comes into realization.”

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

“Students should maximize their learning during university life, get involved in volunteer activities and internships to reflect the theories learned in class with real work experience. Know your passions, in¬terests, and strengths and set your future career goals accordingly. In this globalized world, the job market has no boundaries. Go abroad and catch an interna¬tional job opportunity, and you will realize there is a lot of potential to grow and develop yourself, your community, and our mother country in the future.”

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

“I am working on developing a business project to provide total-lifestyle support for people living in the metropolitan of Tokyo. The study program helps me to conceptualize, analyze, and work on the project with multinational team members.”

How has UC encouraged you to pursue your career?

“Majoring in Economics and specializing in interna¬tional business management gave me a foundation and deepened my interest in pursuing a career in the international job market. A holistic business study program at UC ranging from SME management, marketing, project management, financial analysis, customer relationship management, and especially computer skills gave me courage and prepared me for the career I now have.”

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

“Of course, it is my pleasure. I could be reached via limnguon@gmail.com”

What is your lasting impression of UC?

“I grew up at UC, and UC is part of my life memory. I cannot thank UC enough.”

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Mr. Chheang Vantak

What did you like about UC?

“What I like about UC is the course design which is a credit program which allows students to choose some subjects that they would like to study instead of only studying assigned courses which don’t match the stu­dents’ interests. I also liked that all the programs are taught in English.”

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

“I believe that UC has provided students with good facilities in terms of study materials and the supporting technology equipment that has been set up in the classrooms and libraries which are quite convenient for the students to focus on their studies.”

What accomplishments did you achieve during your university experience?

“To be frank, I actually had a number of achievements when I was studying at UC. I acknowledged that I am very confident in public speaking and very good at communicating professionally after having been trained by experienced professors at UC. I have gained a very valuable education and I did progressively well dur­ing my academic career.

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?

“I should keep this confidential by not naming out the professor’s name. The impression that I have toward the professor is about professor’s commitment and efforts to explain in detail to the students; I have never seen anyone do like this before. I believe that professor will contribute good knowledge to all the students at UC.”

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

“Friends are a part of my happiness and without them I would not have this happiness that I feel right now. We always get together when we are free from work, and some are continuing their studies abroad, which is very good. I still keep in touch with professors at UC as well because sometimes when I need letters of recommendation from them, they are very happy to issue me one.”

What was your most memorable moment as a student at UC?

“Speaking of academic life at UC, I will never forget about the structure of examinations because every student from all the faculties is designated to sit randomly in rows to avoid cheating. I believe this is a very good structure for UC.”

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

“I really recommend UC as a preferred university because there are various fields of subjects to choose from. Additionally, there are many experienced professors who assist the students in all matters that they face.”

What advice can you offer to incoming or current students?

“As a UC alumnus, I can say that I had a great experience completing my academic study there. I would suggest to all students to study hard and find your strengths within your expertise – do not listen to stereo­types, but just be yourself and you will find that what you are doing is worth it.”

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

“I would advise all UC students to be well-prepared for planning their future careers because as long as they like what they are doing they should focus on it until they reach their goals. Everyone starts from zero and so have I, but don’t forget that we do not end with zero. Students are encouraged to do internships because those experiences will help them to be successful in the workplace, or applying for scholarships.”

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

“I am currently a Study Abroad Counselor at IDP Education pty Ltd and my current job is not 100 percent related; however, all the knowledge that I gained from UC is applied to my job.”

How has UC encouraged you to pursue your career?

“UC was designed to teach people something new, and how to deal with things that professionals typically face; therefore, I personally believe that UC has encouraged me to do something new for my future career.”

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

“I have not done something in a big scale of achieve­ment, but I have done something incredible for me and my family. I grow from one level to another which is good, as I can see it is a trend that always grows up and up.”

Describe UC in 3 words.

“Excellence, Experience and Effort’”

What is your lasting impression of UC?

“I think UC is building leaders for tomorrow.”

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

“Making friends and helping people are the two things that make me happy. If anyone has any ques­tions or anything else that I can help with, then they can contact me via Facebook at https://www.face­book.com/chheang.vantak.”

 

 

 

 

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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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