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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.”Share on Facebook