H E N G L Y H O R T H O N C O U R S E TO BECOME IT PROGRAMMER

One of The University of Cambodia’s “Samdech Hun Sen-Handa National Scholarship 2007” students, Heng Lyhorth, 22, has provided an interview to The Cambodia Weekly on May 4. Mr. Heng Lyhorth was born in Saang district, Kandal Province on November 6, 1986. He comes from a sizeable family with three brothers and two sisters and he is the youngest in the family. He now studies Information Technology (IT) at UC, having passed the university’s scholarship exams in 2007. “I was overjoyed to pass the scholarship exams offered by the University of Cambodia,” he told The Cambodia Weekly. “If I did not pass the exam, I would probably not be able to study at UC because my parents cannot afford to send us all for further study at university level.” Lyhorth said his brothers and sisters had graduated from high school in Saang district, but to date, he is the only member of the family to blaze a trail towards academic success and the increase in wages this brings. Lyhorth is well aware of his luck in being able to study for a fully accredited university qualifi cation at the nation’s most outstanding university. Lyhorth’s ambition and drive lead him naturally to the gates of UC. Not content with his 2007 Baccalaureate awarded by the Saang High School, he was overjoyed to hear about the “Samdech Hun Sen-Handa National Scholarships 2007”. He leapt the fi – nal hurdle of the entrance exam and then took his fi rst steps on the road towards becoming an IT specialist. “I had decided to apply for study with the Information Technology team at UC because the program they offer combines credibility and fl exibility. An additional bonus for me is the fact that the language of tuition is English. This will prove to be a great advantage, given the international scope of IT. I want to be in the forefront of computer development and I want to be responsible for bringing these developments to Cambodia,” he said. “The University of Cambodia will provide me with all the skills, qualifi cations and experience necessary to turn my dream into a reality.” Lyhorth stated that he feels his dream is in safe hands and that he admires the university’s instructors for their level of competence. Perhaps more importantly, he spoke of his instructors’ ability to motivate students through the careful selection of relevant and interesting course material. He noted that life in the lecture theatres of UC was academically challenging, but it was a challenge well worth rising to. I was overjoyed to pass the scholarship exams offered by the University of Cambodia In the short term following graduation, Lyhorth looks forward to fi nding work in the IT fi eld with private IT companies or NGOs. His contribution here will help his family fi nd fi rm fi nancial footing. Once he has achieved this laudable goal, he says he intends to return to UC and secure a postgraduate qualifi cation in Information technology. Pich Bunna, 23, a second-year law student at another university in Phnom Penh, and friend, spoke of Lyhorth’s ambition to succeed. He has known Lyhorth since 2006 and their time together at Saang High School. He said that Lyhorth was an effective learner equipped with a fi ne work ethic. He also said that at school, Lyhorth was known for his friendly attitude, his willingness to help others and his honesty. Apart from this, he noted that Lyhorth was always placed within the ranks of the school’s top ten students. “I think that I am very lucky to have a good friend like Lyhorth. I hope that he will realize his dreams and became a future IT; he will certainly be the sort of expert willing to share his knowledge with everybody for the benefi t of the nation,” he said during a telephone interview with The Cambodia Weekly on May 4.

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LAO SEIHA TELLS ABOUT HIS FUTURE DREAMS

Lao Seiha, 20, one of The University of Cambodia’s (UC) “Samdech Hun Sen – Handa National Scholarships 2008”students, was born in Kampong Cham Province and has been studying Information Technology (IT) at the University. He also has been studying for a Physics and Chemistry Specialization at the Phnom Penh Regional Pedagogical Center (PPRPC) in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport as well as English and computer skills at private school in Phnom Penh.

Seiha passed the scholarship
exams offered by UC and he later passed the scholarship exams at the Phnom Penh Regional Pedagogical Center in 2008.

“I was happy after I passed both scholarship exams,” he said. “I am lucky to pass the scholarship exams in the same academic year and to study at the UC and PPRPC.”

Seiha remembered his learning experience at the Chea Sim Samaky High School in Phnom Penh, where he received a Baccalaureate in 2008. He applied to study IT at UC following the introduction of the “Samdech Hun Sen – Handa National Scholarships” in 2008.

“Nowadays, even though I am very busy with my schoolwork, but I am really appreciative of my studies,” he said. “I will try to study hard to com-

plete my degrees at UC and PPRPC.” He decided to apply at UC after his friends recommended that the University was the right place to attain a good education. The instructors would help him to become an IT expert in the future as the UC’s upto- date curricula are modeled on the credit system of the United States.

because I wanted to speak English well and become an IT expert in Cambodia,” Seiha said. “I prefer to study at this University because it has qualified professors, excellent teaching and the most updated curricula.”

He now studies hard, reads books related to his studies every day and performs research on the Internet and in foreign newspapers and magazines in order to achieve his goals.

“I will try to study hard to get my Bachelor’s degree, and I will then apply to work with a private company or a national or international non-governmental organization in order to make money to support my family,” he said.

Seiha said that he plans to continue for a Master’s and Doctoral degree with UC in the future. “My dream is to be an IT expert
in Cambodia. If I am able to be a leader or IT expert in the future, I will establish my own small business and produce cartoon fi lms to sell throughout the country,” he said.
Taing Sim, 55, Seiha’s mother, is very happy with her son’s efforts. She said that she had seven children and Seiha was the fi fth son in the family. He said Seiha is the only son to study at UC.
She said Seiha was able to pass the scholarship exams because of his hard work.

She pointed out that when her son was in primary and high school, he studied very hard every day and as a result, he received many letters of recommendation as well as glowing reports from his instructors and school masters on a monthly and yearly basis.
“I am proud with Lao Seiha’s actions, and I hope that he will realize his dreams and become a future IT expert in Cambodia. I wish him all the best of luck and success in future,” she said.

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H A R D W O R K I N G S T U D E N T S O P H E A L E A K WISHES TO BE ENGLISH TEACHER

Pech Sophealeak, 18, who was born in Phnom Penh, is one of The University of Cambodia’s “Samdech Hun Sen-Handa National Scholarships 2008” recipients. She is the oldest in her family of two brothers and one sister. She now studies English Literature at UC.

Sophealeak earned her Baccalaureate from Bak Touk High School in Phnom Penh in 2008. She applied to study English Literature at UC following the introduction of the “Samdech Techo Hun Sen Vision-100 Scholarships” and “Samdech Hun Sen-Handa National Scholarships 2008” in 2008. She now studies very hard to make the most of the opportunities presented to her.

Sophealeak said that she took two scholarship exams in 2008 before receiving the UC scholarship. “I think I am very lucky to have passed the scholarship exams from The University of Cambodia, a top institution in the region. I am happy because the university takes care of all my tuition fees, removing a great burden from my parents’ shoulders,” she said.

Sophealeak said she fi rst applied for the “Samdech Techo Hun Sen’s Vision-100 Scholarships 2008” and took the exam on September 13, 2008, but she failed. She continued that after she failed the fi rst exam, then continued to apply for the “Samdech Hun Sen-Handa National Scholarships 2008” and took exam on September 21, 2008.

She passed it. “I think that if I had to pay for my studies at The University of Cambodia, I would probably have no chance to study here. Thus, to show my appreciation to The University of Cambodia and Prime Minister Hun Sen, the scholarship owner and therefore my gracious benefactor, I will study hard to earn my Bachelor’s degree. I will then continue my studies as far as I can take them with The University of Cambodia,” she said.

Sophealeak continued to say that besides her studies, she is now looking for internships or volunteer English teacher positions at national and international non-governmental organizations in Phnom Penh. She wants intern work so that she can learn about the workfl ow in other professional organizations and gain useful experience prior to graduation.

“I decided to apply to study English Literature at UC because my friends told me that it is the best university in Cambodia. I also heard about the university and its education advertisements and announcements aired by the Southeast Asia Radio FM 106 in Phnom Pen,” she said.

Sophealeak said that her dream is to be obtain a degree in English Literature with UC and to be an English teacher and interpreter in future. She said that when she completes her studies, she will apply for jobs where she can teach English and then go on to establish her own English school in Cambodia. “I decided to study English Literature because I wanted to speak English well and either become a professional English teacher, interpreter or advisor working with nongovernmental organizations or the Royal Government of Cambodia in future. I prefer to study with UC because the university has qualifi ed professors, excellent teaching and an up-to-date curriculum modeled on the modular system in the United States of America,”

she said. She said she started studying English when she was six years old. She studied English Literature at the New World Institute in Phnom Penh.

Sophealeak obtained “Level 17” and “Advanced Diploma of English” before she applied to UC, and she can speak and write English well. “After graduation, I will then continue to study for my Master’s and Doctoral degrees with The University of Cambodia,” Sophealeak said.

She studies hard every day and reads books related to her studies in order to achieve her goals. She also takes advantage sources like the Internet and foreign newspapers and magazines to continue practicing her English.

Lim Sengkong, 43, Sophealeak’s father, is very happy with his daughter’s efforts. He said that Sophealeak was able to pass the UC scholarship exams because she studies and works hard.

“I am very proud that I have a good daughter and I wish her success in the future. I think that her scholarship will encourage her to study harder and to reach her goals,” he said. Sengkong said that when his daughter was in primary and high school, she studied very hard every day and as a result, brought home glowing reports from her instructors on a monthly basis.

“I am honored as my daughter’s work ethic makes it likely she will become an outstanding student. I also hope that she will realize her dreams and became a future professional English teacher or interpreter in Cambodia,” he said.

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The University of Cambodia Offers Scholarships for Orphans

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 The University of Cambodia Offers Scholarships for Orphans

Starting in Term I of the 2009-2010 academic year, The University of Cambodia will initiate a new scholarship program to benefit students in the Future Light Orphanage of Worldmate (FLOW).

 As part of the UC-Handa Scholarships for Orphans, The University of Cambodia will offer one full scholarship and up to five partial scholarships (half scholarships as well as 20 percent tuition discounts) for those FLOW students who plan to attend UC.

 All FLOW students are welcome to apply, but must meet the following requirements:

 (1)   Earn a top score in the undergraduate entrance exam.

(2)   Earn a top score in the English placement test.

(3)   Submit a valid High School Diploma or an equivalent.

(4)   Submit a letter of recommendation from FLOW.

 Because UC is one of only two universities in Cambodia that conduct their classes in English instead of Khmer, students will be required to complete a six-level English intensive preparation course through the university’s Center for English Studies before entering their degree programs. The scholarships will cover or go toward the cost for both the English and the degree program. Fees are outlined below:

  • English Intensive Program

Average US$120 per level X 6 levels = US$720

 Degree Program

     US$14 per credit X 136 required credit hours = US$1,904

 Other fees include application fees, graduation fees, major changes to degree programs and book purchases.

 In order to keep their awards for the duration of their studies, scholarship students must maintain the following criteria:

 For full scholarship:

(1)   90 percent attendance.

(2)   G.P.A. of 2.5 or C+ or better.

(3)   Participate in university activities, meetings and conferences.

(4)   Take part in an internship program – if the student is doing well academically and does not have a job – in order to achieve hands-on working experience.

 For partial scholarships (half scholarship and 20 percent tuition discount):

(1)   80 percent attendance.

(2)   G.P.A. of 2.5 or C+ better.

(3)   Participate in university activities, meetings and conferences.

(4)   Take part in an internship program – if the student is doing well academically and does not have a job – in order to achieve hands-on working experience.

 The UC-Handa Scholarships for Orphans are made possible by The University of Cambodia. Book support of US$100 and clothing and food allowance of US$300 will also be offered through the support of Dr. Haruhisa Handa, UC Chancellor and FLOW Chairman, in collaboration with the Hawaii Group. UC would also like to recognize the generous support of FLOW foster parents.

 All FLOW students are first encouraged to apply for the Samdech Hun Sen – Haruhisa Handa National Scholarships before applying for the UC-Handa Scholarships for Orphans. UC will accept all scholarship applications at any time, but will wait to confirm the results of the national high school exam before admitting candidates.

 For more information, please contact the UC Office of Admissions, Registration and Information at (855-23) 993-276.

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UC SCHOLAR PURSUES JOURNALISM CAREER

One of The University of Cambodia’s “Samdech Hun Sen- Handa National Scholarships 2008” recipients, Chea Chakrya, 18, said she wants to be a journalist after graduation. Chakrya passed the UC scholarship exams in 2008 in Phnom Penh.
 

“I am happy and honored that I passed the scholarship exams from The University of Cambodia in 2008. Since I was at the primary and high schools, I never thought that I have a chance to study at The University of Cambodia,” Chakrya said.
Chakrya was born in 1991 in Phnom Penh and she has two brothers. She is the youngest in the family. She received a Baccalaureate in 2008 from Bak Touk High School in Phnom Penh. Shortly after, she applied to study English Literature following an introduction to UC’s scholarship program in September 2008.
She decided to apply for studies of the English Literature because she wants to speak English well and pursue a career as a professional journalist in Cambodia. “I am lucky to be studying English Literature at The University of Cambodia, which is one of the top ten universities in Cambodia,” Chakrya said.

“I will try to study hard to complete my Bachelor’s degree, and I will then apply to work as reporter with local or international media outlet in Cambodia in order to make money to support my family.”

She continued to say that she prefers to study at UC because of its qualified ed professors, excellent instruction and up-to-date curriculum.

“My dream is to obtain a higher degree in English Literature in the future because I have realized learning never stops and I want to update myself with new knowledge and experiences, as only these can make me academically strong,” she said.

Chakrya said she intends to study Journalism through the Royal University of Phnom Penh’s Media and Communication Department next year.

Her final goal is to study English Literature or Journalism in Australia. “I think that nowadays there are only few Cambodian women working as reporters,

” Chakrya said. “ Iwould learn much more information about Cambodia and other countries in the world, especially media freedoms in writing and researching to bring the accurate news to readers.” She added she now studies very hard and reads many books related to her studies every day. She uses other resources such as the Internet and international newspapers and magazines to conduct research.

Chakrya’s brother Chea Socheat, who received a Master’s degree in Economy and Society from France in 2008 and is a professor at the Royal University of Law and Economic Science in Phnom Penh, expressed his satisfaction with his youngest sister’s efforts.

Socheat said since primary school, his sister has studied hard every day. As a result, she became one of the top ten students in her high school class.

“I am very proud because I have a good sister. I think that her scholarship will encourage her to study harder and to reach her goals,” he said. “I will encourage and support her to obtain higher degrees in the future and I wish her all the best of luck and success. I also hope that she will realize her dreams to speak English fl uently and become a good leader or professional journalist in Cambodia.”

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