Investing in Cambodia Matters

Based on government data, roughly 60 percent of the Cambodian population is under the age of 24, so there is a real need to invest in the growing labor force of Cambodia and to develop young people into productive, caring members of society.

The University of Cambodia (UC) aspires to do just this and is an agent of change. Every gift made to UC is an investment in the country’s intellectual capital. A large majority of donor funds go directly towards supporting student scholarships, faculty and staff compensation and development, expansion of research and technology resources, and facilities development. In fact, roughly 80 percent of UC students are on full or partial scholarship, even though the University is still a relatively new university and receives no funding from the government for its operations.

The University is making a real commitment to invest in the intellectual capital of young people in Cambodia, and believes this investment will help to improve lives and result in a healthier and better educated society.

The investment is already paying off. UC students and alumni are active members in their community and regularly volunteer their skills and time through community development projects, such as donating supplies to and working with children who live in Stung Meanchey, a garbage dumpsite in the outskirts of Phnom Penh.

However, UC needs additional funding and support in order to provide for 21st century learning resources and to outreach to a larger and more diverse pool of applicants. Funding will also help recruit and retain the best faculty, attract the most outstanding and motivated students, and fund research and student activities—all of which will contribute to accelerating the pace of development at both the University and in society.

The Impact: Through their contributions in the workplace and their communities, UC students, alumni, and staff members can contribute to the economic growth and social development of Cambodia.

UC Aspirations: UC aims to develop young people into knowledgeable, productive, and caring members of society through its investment in the intellectual capital of Cambodia.

The Opportunity: Investing in UC is an investment in Cambodia’s future. Giving, regardless of its size, can help UC sustain academic excellence and provide valuable learning opportunities for students and staff. To support the University of Cambodia

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The University of Cambodia’s 127 students and teachers have visited Siem Reap province for two days from November 7th-9th under the theme of “Reaching the Community: Students and Culture”. This is the study tour conducted by The University of Cambodia Students Senate under the support of The University of Cambodia (UC) and sponsored by several private companies.

The purposes of this field trip is to organize an outside classroom school that student can learn and experience the real knowledge and provide the golden opportunity for students to learn how to live together, work together, and how to guide everyone to reach the goals. It also aims to instruct UC students by organizing grand activities through which knowledge of the leadership and management would be initiated and carried out.

During the three-day trip in Siem Reap, all students visited many places, namely Angkor Wat Temple, Banteay Srey Temple, Cultural Villages and the Angkor National Museum to find out the Khmer cultures inscribed in the valuable stones and through the performances of various art and take time to enjoy capturing the beautiful scenery for their good memory. Moreover, UC students conducted the lectures to the grand 12 students at the 10 January High School to share knowledge and experiences to them. These lectures will pack back the knowledge and experience from the project to prepare for their future study and life, both for UC students and high school students. Most importantly, they will learn how to serve the needs of community, society and serve each other among the team by coming to directly involve in society.

Mr. Chhin Tyheng, Vice President of the UC Student Senate, said that he had planned this project two months in advance with their members. “We had set many meetings to develop the project to run smoothly. Now we get success,” he added. “We prepared three topics for presentation at the high school there such
as the importance of English, Women Studying at University and Choosing major at university. The three topics would be helpful and useful for them who are
ready to finish high school soon.”

He felt very happy but a little bit exhausted because this field trip is helpful and meaningful. All students learn to work together and share the happy time together; especially they can learn more about the Khmer cultures.

A 21-year-old student, Diep Sokseryors, majoring on International Relation, who participated in the field trip, said that he feel very excited because this is the first time for him to attend the UC field trip. “It is quite interesting and looks happy. It is good because we can learn from another and gain knowledge. I learn a lot from my friends such as the way they communicate and make new friends. I hoped that I will join such a good opportunity when it comes again,” he added.

Sonn Chanpity, majoring finance and banking, said that she felt very enjoyable. The field trip is good that let her know more about culture and the meaning of the statues she had never known before. Every year, UC always conducted the field trip to provinces and share or educate the community or high school students about advantages of any knowledge in the society. Additionally, it is the time for students to relax after hard working in school. This is the third time that UC Student Senate organized such as a field trip and it was the 8th project for this year before they finish their mandate. (SEAW)


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Tep Afril, 18, student of The University of Cambodia (UC), majoring Information Technology won the first prize award of the iOne Digital Art Contest which was sponsored by iOne Cambodia. Born in Phnom Penh, Afril is the 3rd child in the family of total 6 members with 2 elder brothers and 1 younger sister and parents. He enrolled at UC in 2009 with the 40 percent discount tuition fee offered by the university. Afril who won the competition with the 1st place award received the Apple iMac MC413 with the approximate prize of US$ 1639 explained the contest process that,” One Company gave the registered contestants two months to think about the topic and design a digital picture that represent iOne product (Mac) under the theme of “it’s a Mac world” than submit the final art work to the company. “If the picture is under serious consideration, the candidates will be consequently contacted for interview and put on the real practice on how they design the picture,” he said. The scoring criteria based on two significant key factors; first is the concept of the design which must illustrate the iOne products, second the designing skills on how interesting the designer can encode on the picture,” he added. Answering to the question related to his future plan in IT world after graduated, Afril remarked that before winning the competition, he was not really interested in designing but now he is absolutely proud of his own talent and plans to broaden up the knowledge and skill in designing field since he also dreams for a future career as the well-known Cambodian designer. After the contest, he realized that Cambodian students have profound knowledge on Information and Communication Technology (ICT). “They are mostly the university freshmen like me but they know and can process the latest technologies. Besides they can even encode the programming codes into computer process,” he emphasized. Afril stressed that Cambodia IT fi eld has rapidly developed for the last two years. He is Cambodian technology improvement that he saw the software or programming that generated by his teachers is quite impressive. Cambodian students gain profound knowledge of technologies since the internet availability is acceptable for their personal home use. Besides, regardless to the subject they study, one student usually carry a laptop to assist their research. “Here at UC, related to IT education; teachers are generally skilful and well-qualified. I pursue that IT major can understand, but students who study other majors are also able to understand it which is vital for their learning accomplishment,” he said. Afril also added that UC is equipped with enough IT facilities, Internet lab, computer lap that students are not required to bring along their personal computer for practice. He fi nally would like to encourage Cambodian youths especially students should invest more effort on study. Not only IT students should struggle their best but also other majoring students because the future challenging in the labour market is high and invisible. “Only the word, ‘work hard’ that I can give comment for your future success.” The contest was organized from the 1st of August to the 20th of September 2010 with approximately 400 candidates registered. The iOne digital art contest set the guideline that contestants must submit personally, to any of the participating outlets, their entry in the provided format. Contestant must submit entry form and an original artwork that incorporates the Apple logo with a sign off iOne logo that says “designed for iOne” that should be placed on the bottom-right of artwork. The Apple logo must be incorporated creatively into either an original illustration background or a copyright released photograph. (SEAW)

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Sok Eng, 21, one of The University of Cambodia’s “Samdech Hun Sen-Handa National Scholarships 2007” students.

He was born in 1989 in Phnom Penh and he has one brother and two sisters.

His father passed a way and his mother is a shoe vendor living in Phnom Penh. He is now studying Law at The University of Cambodia (UC) and he
is also studying his Media major at the Department of Media and Communication in the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP).

Sok Eng passed the scholarship exams offered by The University of Cambodia (UC) in 2007. He studied at a High School in Phnom Penh and earned a Baccalaureate in 2007 before he studied with UC.

“I would like to thank the Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, Dr. Haruhisa Handa and Dr. Kao Kim Hourn who offered me the chance to study free of charge with UC in Phnom Penh. I think that if there was not this opportunity I would not be able to study Law at The University of Cambodia which is the best qualified university in Cambodia, also because my mother has no money to pay for my university’s studies,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly.

Sok Eng studies Law with UC because he wants to become a lawyer in order to help Cambodian people. His aim is to promote the respect of law, human rights and the rule of law in the Kingdom of Cambodia.

“I had decided to study Law because I want to become a professional lawyer in Cambodia,” he said. “I want to work to help the poor and to contribute to the strengthening and the promotion of rule of law and law enforcement in Cambodia,” he added.

Since Sok Eng studied Law with UC in 2007, he has been learning a lot about the subject. He can understand about the basic concepts of laws including Constitutions, civil laws, national and international laws, penal code and criminal law and other legislations which have been implementing in Cambodia. He can
also read, write and speak English.

“I am now happy because my knowledge of Law has been improved after my study with UC,” he said. “I hope that UC will make my dream become true and I will able to fi nd a job where I can help the poor who have problems with legal affairs in Cambodia in the future.”

He said that when he completeshis graduation with UC, he will then apply for the study of the Master’s degree in Law with The University of Cambodia in the future.

He continued to say that besides studying Law with The University of Cambodia; he now is also in his second year of the Media and Communication at the Department of Media and Communication in the Royal University of Phnom Penh in Phnom Penh.

He added that he decided to additionally to study Media and Communication major with RUPP because media and communication are supplementary to lawyer major and it can improve his law and working skills in the future.

Sok Eng emphasized that besides his studies with UC and RUPP, he is now looking for part-time or voluntary work with either a private company or NGO in Phnom Penh. He added that the reason why I have decided to find work while studying is because he wanted to earn money to support his studies and his family. (SEAW)


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Donated Books Expand UC’s Toshu Fukami Library

Donated Books Expand UC’s Toshu Fukami Library The Toshu Fukami Library received another round of generous donations from existing and new supporters. This quarter, we received the generous support of 319 books and 167 magazines, bringing us to a total of 486 total donations for this quarter. Books and magazines were provided by a number of supporters, including the Goodhill Enterprise (Cambodia) Ltd., the British Embassy, the Embassy of India, the US Embassy, the Australian Embassy, the Asia Foundation, the NGO Forum, Lea IP and Work Resource, Mr. Chang of the Chang Chevron Company. We are also grateful to a host of private donors, including our very own, Dr. Kao Kim Hourn. A very special “thank you” to the British Embassy for donating 208 books and seven magazines, and to the Chang Chevron Company, the US Embassy, and the Embassy of India, for their continued support to the Toshu Fukami Library. Indeed, their thoughtful contributions play a huge role in building out the internal capacity of the library, thus expanding its reaches. Many members of the UC family have benefitted tremendously. The University of Cambodia invites all members of the UC community, including the general public, to explore the wonders of our library. It is open seven days a week, except holidays. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 9 pm, and Saturday to Sunday, from 7:30 am to 6 pm. ———————————————————– The University of Cambodia Toshu Fukami Library Explore the wonders of learning and reading in our library. Our library is open seven days a week, except holidays. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 9 pm, and Saturday to Sunday, from 7:30 am to 6 pm. We also welcome book and magazine donations to our library. Please donate any educational materials to the UC administration office at your convenience. ———————————————————–

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One of The University of Cambodia’s “Samdech Hun Sen-Handa National Scholarships 2008” students, Heng Geklim, 19, has provided an interview to The Cambodia Weekly on April 27. Geklim was born on October 9, 1990 in Kampong Cham province. She is the oldest of her parent’s children, having two brothers.

Geklim is now studying Information Technology (IT) at The University of Cambodia (UC), having passed scholarship exams
offered by the University of Cambodia in Phnom Penh on September 22, 2008.

“I am so proud of myself for being able to pass the UC scholarship exams on my fi rst try. When I look back on that time, I regard it as the fi rst step on the road to becoming a young professional person,” she said.

 “I am well aware of my good fortune in being able to study at UC. I now enjoy a rigorous academic life, I am making new friends and extending my network everyday; and I am leading this life for free due to the great generosity of the University authorities.” Geklim studied at Srey Santhor High School in Kampong Cham province, earning a Baccalaureate in 2008. She then applied to study Information Technology at UC following the introduction of the “Samdech Hun Sen- Handa National
Scholarships” in 2008.
“I am studying very hard in order to complete my Bachelor’s degree,” she said. “Everyone needs a purpose and goal in life and earning a bachelor’s degree is mine.

If I am successful, I will then go on to study for my Master’s degree with UC.” She fi rst heard of UCs enviable reputation back in 2007 when friends who were studying there introduced her to the UC advantage. She got to know her instructors for the qualifi ed and committed educationalists they are, mapped out a study plan from the many options presented to her and started to enjoy a purposeful student life based on the US further education system.

Geklim believes that a UC qualifi cation in IT will give her the best opportu- nity of securing long-term employment in an
industry that she loves. The enthusiastic student also pointed to the University’s English language policies. She said that her command of English – be it in reading, writing, listening or speaking – has improved dramatically.
“I am now increasingly confi dent in my ability to communicate in English, an essential ability in my intended line of work,” Geklim said. “Khmer is the language of my heart, the language my mother taught me and the language of my life. However, if I need to express some intellectual notion, the English language gives me the precision necessary to express minute academic details. By the time I graduate, I should be fl uent in the language. This additional string to my bow will improve my chances of fi nding
a career with an international dimension.”

In addition to her studies, Geklim is now looking for internships or a parttime work with national or international companies or Non-Governmental Organizations ( NGOs) in Cambodia. She said that she wants to gain hands –on work experience in a busy offi ce prior to graduation. Of course, a little extra cash always helps too.

Whilst studying in Phnom Penh, Geklim stays with a group of friends from the same province. Her landlord charges her $50 per month. Touch Engly, 20, a fi rst-year Engineering Student studying at another university and friend to Heng Geklim, said he was confi dent his friend would succeed. Engly has known Heng Geklim since 2006 when he was studying with her at Srey Santhor High School in Kampong Cham province. He emphasized that Geklim was a hard worker and always amongst the top ten students in his class. “I am proud of Heng Geklim and I know her to be a very active, friendly, honest and helpful young lady,” Engly told The Cambodia Weekly by telephone. “I hope that she will become a good manager in Cambodia and I wish her the best of luck and success in the future.”

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