Kampuchean Action for Primary Education (KAPE) Makes Generous Donation of Books to UC


On Mar 24th, 2016, Mr. Ban Bunheng, Deputy Director of the ASEAN Study Center, Mr. Seng Van-ly, Assistant to the Techo Sen School of Government & International Relations (TSS), and Mr. Chea Chen, Assistant to the UC Toshu Fukami Library, received a donation of 154 books from Kampuchean Action for Primary Education (KAPE), which located in Kampong Cham Province.

The purpose of their donation is to help develop Cambodian society, enhance Cambodia’s reading culture, and encourage Cambodian people to enjoy reading. The donated books are related to the subjects of science, mathematics, marketing, management, economics, professional work, information technology, communications, and higher education. The donated books will contribute to the knowledge of Cambodian people, and will become a powerful resource for scholars, researchers, students, teachers, lecturers, and other individuals for their studies, research, and professional development.

Last but not least, The UC Toshu Fukami Library would like to express its sincere thanks and gratitude to Kampuchean Action for Primary Education (KAPE), and especially to Mr. Pich Sophoeun, BfC Program Manager at Kampuchean Action for Primary Education, for kindly presenting the 154 books. The generous book donation will play an important role in developing the country’s educational resources.

The ASEAN Study Center (ASC) would like to announce a book drive to create UC’s very own – ASEAN Library. Donated books related to ASEAN Nations’ domestic and international affairs will make a last-
ing impact on the UC community. It makes a huge difference to have such books at our center in order for students to learn from the many admirable ASEAN leaders that have helped transform our dynamic ASEAN Community. As we count down to the ASEAN Economic Community, the ASEAN Study Center (ASC) will do all we can to help raise awareness and understanding of our diverse community.

If individuals or institutions would like to donate resources to help build ASC’s capacity to promote ASEAN awareness, please take a few minutes to come visit our center. Mr. Ban Bunheng, our deputy director, is always available to set up a visit for you, or to answer any questions you may have. Please don’t hesitate to call him at 012-795-558, or email him at bunheng-asc@uc.edu.kh.

By: Chea Chen, Assistant The UC Toshu Fukami Library

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Counter Stakeholder Meeting Against Human Trafficking By: Mr. Prak Sophorn


On 5 August 2015 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm United Nations Action for Cooperation against Traf-?cking in Persons (UN-ACT) organized a counter stakeholder meeting with the aim to share information, exchange ideas and raise strategic recommendations for ?ghting human traf?cking. The meeting was attended by members of parliament, government and police of?cers, higher education of?cials and local and international organization employees. Mr. Young Pheak, independent consultant to UN-ACT Cambodia, presented the ?ndings on the study of impacts of migration on family and community— the research was conducted among 10 villages in ?ve communes of Battambang province. The re-search found that most migrant workers decided to seek work in Thailand for a few main reasons for instance, they did not have enough land to farm rice, their family was growing at too rapid a pace, micro?nance debt, inability to ?nd a job in Cambodia, and a lack of farming materials.

Another ?nding on the impact of migration on development was presented by, Mr. Hig Vutha from Cambodia Development and Research Institute (CDRI). It was found that adult labor in communities is decreasing, while the labor cost of the community is increasing, and therefore most migrant workers don’t want to return home for fear of unemployment or inability to successfully be self-employed. The meeting then opened the ?oor for critical discussion, questions and recommendations from all stakeholders. The meeting responded warmly and called for cooperation with all respective stakeholders from government of?cials to non-government organization of?cers and UN-agencies in Cambodia.

In conclusion, migration movements in rural Cambodia still greatly affect venerable people. Most migrants are adults, and many leave as a couple; thus greatly impacting families, the community and development efforts at home. However, there are also some positive impacts—some realized that they can obtain a higher income and could send some money home for supporting their farming work or family expenses. The researcher suggested that local authorities monitor and update data on migrants in their communes, as it can help to avoid violations and traf?cking. Law enforcement and speci?c policies on implementation should be enforced to ensure those migrants’ living situation improves rather than encourage them to leave and migrate again.

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Students’ Choice Awards

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by: Rith Phyna, (on behalf of MKT306)
It all started in the class of MKT306: Public Relations. We have learned from the course that projecting a certain image is very important to every institution, as that image will be how the public perceives the institution. Therefore, reputation building is an important part of an organizational strategy for success. We then reflect this idea back to our very own university, in which the people whose perception matters most are none-other than the university students. In addition, the ones that students spend most of their time interacting with at school are the lecturers. It is not hard to see why lecturers are, in a way, the image of the university.
Thus, a project was born. Our team was committed to gather the voices from students in all sessions. We strived to cover as many students as possible because we think that is the best way to have information that best represents the voice the students of the University of Cambodia. With all the man-power we could get our hands on, we divided our team into four groups to conduct surveys with students in all four sessions. The vote was to be based on ten categories. Students were not given any names as choices. Instead, the questionnaires left blank space and asked the students to write down the name of the lecturers they thought are most suited to each category, regardless of the faculty or session. Our team was only there to explain each of the categories, and to make sure all students clearly understood the votes they casted. It took a while to process the tremendous amount of votes we received, but after all the data was clearly counted and reviewed, with the support of the Associate Dean of the College of Management – Ms. Gina V. Lopez, our team was able to organize an event on June 30th, 2015, to do the honor of presenting certificates to the winning lecturers in all the categories. The event was entitled, Students’ Choice Awards.
With the support of the lecturers and the students of the University of Cambodia, the awarding ceremony was a success. The statements made by the award-winning lecturers were all very inspirational and gave the participants various kinds of advice. The attending students, who were also the voters for the event, were clearly very excited about the results. We believe all the students agree with us that it was priceless to see the lecturers’ smiles upon receiving their awards. In a way, we all want to let our lecturers know that we appreciate everything that that they do for us. They, without a doubt, are sacrificing everyday for the good of the students.
The winners of the Students’ Choice Awards are as follows:
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Best Associate Dean: Ms. Gina V. Lopez
Lecturer of the Year: Dr. IN Sophal
Most Helpful Lecturer: Mr. LY Kong Sochan
Best Demystifying Lecturer: Mr. LY Kong Sochan & Mr. THY Soklin
Most Hard Working Lecturer: Mr. VY Sovyl
Most Encouraging Lecturer: Ms. HENG Chakrya
Most Interesting Lecturer: Ms. Marilou Dela Sierra
Most Innovative Lecturer: Mr. HOY Samphear
Most Ethical Lecturer: Mr. KEP Bunly
Best Assignment Giving Lecturer: Dr. IN Sophal Students
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THAKRAL Relentless Support Procures Medical Books to Broaden Student Medical Understanding

Relentless Support Procures Medical Books to Broaden
Student Medical Understanding

On Saturday morning 14th September 2013, the University of Cambodia (UC) received a shipment of books donated from Dr. Rikhi Thakral (Executive Director of Thakral Group of Companies, the Singapore Holding Group) on behalf of Dr. William Clyde Lane. Ms.Sonia Poddar (Senior Manager) represented the Thakral group of Companies in handing over the 147 medical books to H.E. Dr. Kao Kim Hourn, in efforts to expand the UC Toshu Fukami library depository.

“These medical books will serve to broaden student knowledge and understanding of the medical field and provide much need medical resources for students and medical practitioners who are currently doing medical research and are interested in medicine,” said Dr. Kao.

Dr. William Clyde Lane, (pictured left) personal friend of Dr. Thakral, donated personal medical books in an effort to open young minds into the medical field. It is hoped that these books will help inspire young inquisitive minds to become future nurses, doctors, and medical practitioners in order to help improve the health of everyday citizens.

Dr. Rikhi Thakral has relentlessly supported the University of Cambodia throughout the years and in various ways such as providing student scholarships, financial resources to develop programs, book donations, etc.

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in learning. Reading helps develop a creative mind, imagination, and new ideas. Throughout history, ideas have changed the destiny of nations. The reality is that not all people have access to books in their homes, especially in their schools to develop creative thinking. The University of Cambodia’s Toshu Fukami Library is open to the entire community and has one of the most extensive collections of books, periodicals and reference materials to help foster learning. Nevertheless, the library is limited in resources. It still has a long way to evolve in order to match the resources, standards, and wealth of knowledge available at other institutional libraries around the world. As a member of the WTO and ASEAN, Cambodia grapples with modernity and struggles to catch up with the rest of the world due to a lack of resources, especially books. Building the capacity of libraries and centers for learning is crucial for developing the entire society. As the UC’s Toshu Fukami Library strives to be a center of learning and knowledge and largest depository of books, periodicals, and reference materials in Cambodia, we call upon donors, like you, to help make this vision a reality.

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Cheng Reaksmey, 24, who has attended the volunteer program for six months in Portuguese and Spain, gave his opinion on how students should invest in community services, particularly as a supplemental learning environment, which can be a positive contribution to society.

Reakmey is a recipient of the University of Cambodia’s “Samdech Hun Sen – Handa National Scholarships 2008.” This scholarship covers the cost of academic tuition for four years. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations.

Through his firm commitment and devotion to public service, Reakmey has won a fellowship to go and study abroad in Portuguese and Spain. This is a six month training program that focuses on vital life skills. Realizing his accomplishments and contributions to society, The Southeast Asia Weekly has asked him for an interview, aiming at sharing his opinions to learners.

Q: How did you get involved with social services and student program?

A: Once I began matriculation at The University of Cambodia, I started getting involved in different organizations focusing on diverse activities. They included The University of Cambodia Debate Club (UCDC) and The University of Cambodia Student Senate (UCSS).

Q: How did you obtain the volunteer program to Portuguese and Spain?

A: After tasting academic life, I decided to put more effort with student associations and also work voluntarily at a local organization called Khmer Youth for Social
Development (KYSD). Fortunately, the organization announced the Cambodian- European Volunteerism Exchange Program which was a golden opportunity for me. After facing several challenges in the organization, I was among the selected winners to visit Portuguese and Spain for six months.

Q: How did you describe the lifestyle of European students?

A: Greeting, living, working, and building relationships are all different from Asians. Europeans appear friendlier. They treat people equally, and prefer a simplified way of living. To criticize someone, they prefer saying it politely and in a constructive manner, especially when the time seemed appropriate. Moreover, they love challenging themselves in terms of studying and they tend to engage in debate over important issues. But once academic life ends, they know how to code-switch back to being cordial friends.

Q: In your perspective, how do you view European participation in social services?

A: Remarkably, from children to adults, Europeans are involved actively in community services: citizens usually organize public programs on the beach, park and other venues. Some of the things they do seem a bit strange, but it seems to be packed with efficiency, especially when they deliver messages to the public.

In summer vacation, they would apply for volunteer opportunities in their communities to test their knowledge and skills. They are interested in improving the community. They spend large amounts of time communicating with diverse people in order to use the knowledge they have gained from their academic life. After gaining a great deal of experience from services, they would put serious attention to working so that they can see an investment in what they have done. As soon as they start working, they are already armed with many skills they can use in the workplace.

Q: What are key leaning techniques received from European students?

A: European students have adequate learning materials. They have a variety of books located in comfortable libraries. They consume much time doing research, and reading outside of the classroom. Many European students I asked during the stay replied that pursuing two or more degrees at the same time is very rare among them.

Pursuing one degree requires substantial investments in terms of time and effort, especially when it comes to studying and conducting research. One degree is usually enough. These students focus on quality of education, not quantity of degrees. They also need to conduct research around issues beyond the borders of their countries. Globalization is a real factor. For instance, to study philosophy, they don’t just apply research study in European countries but they would spend a year or more in China, India, and other places far from their land in order to figure out different philosophic doctrines. This is how they invest time with only a single major
during their time as an Undergraduate.

So to this point, I want to emphasize that students should pursue only one degree and make the time worth it. They should focus on how to become an expert in that specialization so they can apply it in the field once they enter the workforce.

Q: What do you recommend to students interested in studying abroad?

A: Well, to those who intend to experience volunteer programs overseas, they can search programs via various organizations in Cambodia. When you apply for volunteer programs, find out which opportunities are out there and if you’re successful you can start the following year. You can also earn money on your own, and travel throughout the country, if you can afford it.

Q: What are your next steps for involvement?

A: Actually, I have already planned for another possible research opportunity in the ASEAN region, and also in Cambodia’s rural villages. My goal is to learn diverse cultures and concepts to improve quality of life and competence.

Q: What is you future plan toward future academic education?

A: For the future, I am planning to become a qualified public policy maker. Though, I already plan to apply for international scholarships in South Korea to improve three basic skills: politics, philosophy, and economics. (SEAW)

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