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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Ry Thany, 21, a year-four student of The University of Cambodia (UC), majoring in Business Management, is one of the most energetic students who has been involved a great deal in school activities at UC. She interviewed with The Southeast Asia Weekly where she described about organizing school events, initiating
student participations in small businesses, her involvement in debate, writing club, and other voluntary activities. She was born and lives in Phnom Penh. She won a full scholarship from the university after finishing grade 12 from Intradevi High School 2007.

Q: Why do you choose Business Management as your major?

A: Choosing Business Management as my major is not merely for my future job or business, but it is also for the sake of Cambodia. From this major, I have learned regarding the key factors that can improve business conditions and being able to compete with other countries, which, in turn, will urge business cycle, trade, and standard of living.

Good business management will pilot business to grow and the economy will boom, that, in turn, people will have more choices in their daily lives, because their incomes have increased.

Q: Actually, you have been involved a lot in extracurricular activities

and you have happily enjoyed teamwork, so why are they very important? A: I have been involved a great deal in school extracurricular activities and teamwork because they can teach me about responsibility, leadership, hardship, confidence and communication. Without teamwork and extracurricular activities, we cannot
grow. One proverb says that we cannot compare one thing unless we know the ability of the thing we compare to. If I am stronger than you, I will share with you; if I am weaker than you, I will learn from you. It has taught me to challenge every situation.

Q: Why should students get involved with teamwork? A: Most importantly, it is all about building a good relationship that does not last for one
day, so we should not overlook it. It affects our future. Of course, people cannot avoid working with others, so good relationships will enable them
to strengthen their communication in the work environment, so that we will be able to generate a high working productivity. It is called an indirect profit.

Q: From your point of view, how can people work well in groups? A: To work well in a group, it requires their willingness and commitment. They should be a good
listener capable of deciphering other parties’ needs. They will figure out the other partners’ personalities and needs so that they will know to what type of methods that can be used to communicate with other partners in the group. Being patient, honest, and responsible also serves as major elements to better group working.

Q: What do you want to be in the future for yourself and Cambodia? A: Right now, I am preparing for Master Degree in business field abroad. After finishing my degree, in the future, I want to be an international business person who will be able to contribute to the society.

I also want to work for the government. Many Cambodians dream to work and live abroad, especially in the United States, but I do not plan to do like that. But I want to serve my country even if I can earn much money from foreign country. (SEAW)


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Chhay Daroth, 19, a partial scholarship student from The University of Cambodia (UC) in 2009, spoke with The Southeast Asia Weekly, describing his desire in his future plans. He has currently been delighted in his studying life at The University of Cambodia (UC). With a strong commitment and passion in contributing to developing the financial sector in Cambodia, he is now a year-two student of UC, deciding to select Banking and Finance as a major. After finishing high school degree from Takeo province, he chose this major basically for study because he wants to be a financial expert in the field of banking and finance. Secondly, the major deals more with mathematics, so it is a right place for him as he is good at mathematics.

In addition, it is a work that does not require much traveling, so it is suitable for his physical ability.

of the country’s economy. The financial institutions help link between savers and borrowers in term of financial instruments, he said, adding when the financial sector smoothly flows, the country will be able to attract more investments, both local and international investments. This attraction will push employment rate so that people can manage to have a better living condition. As a result, the economy will manage to grow. Without an effective financial and banking system,
the economy cannot run properly.

“The field of finance and banking is not good enough because we lack many experts. Most importantly, a large number of instructors in Cambodia do not have the real experience in banking sector. However, studying at UC is quite competitive because here [the university has lots of teachers having much experience] in banking and financial field,” he said. After finishing the university degree, he has expected to gain more understanding on banking and financial process and concepts, and also know about how to use money effectively.

“The job market in the field of banking and finance is enormous because the sector has been robustly increased in the country. Furthermore, the stock market will also be established at the middle of this year, so Cambodia needs high quality human resources to run the sector.

The job market in the financial field, however, is quite competitive because there are a great number of students studying in this major,” he noted. He continued to say that the society will benefit a great deal from good financial management as people who work in this field help facilitate businesses in raising funds efficiently
which, in turn, those businesses would offer better employment to citizens.

“If I am a businessman, I will be able to use money correctly and effectively so that I can ensure the stability of employment for my workers,” he emphasized.
In the future, he wants to be an expert in the financial and banking sector.

Then, he will be able to analyze, explain, and make recommendations about strategies and implementations in developing the nation’s economy as well as the world economy. (SEAW)



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Chhun Seakkeav, 20, a seventhterm student of The University of Cambodia (UC), interviewed with The Southeast Asia Weekly, describing about how hard she worked to get a scholarship to study in Thailand. She is majoring in English literature. Seakkeav received a scholarship to study in Thailand after she was selected
by UC to participate in a five month exchange program at Payap University, starting from 26 October 2010 to 13 March 2011.

She that after she saw the announcement paper on the information board at UC, she was really interested in it. The scholarship provider demanded candidates to write a one page essay of their study plan and submit it before the deadline, so she decided to spend few hours to finish her essay and then submitted it to the

“I thought that it was such a great chance for me to try and test my ability. Perhaps a week later, I got a phone call from The University of Cambodia for an interview with other six short-listed candidates. Finally, I was one of the two selected candidates and was interviewed by seven instructors at UC. Several days later, I was told that I won the scholarship. I was so excited,” she said. As she is majoring in literature, she decided to choose English com-exchange program in Thailand because it is related to her major. Over there, she selected five subjects, such as instructional skills, creative writing, introduction to poetry and drama, introduction to short stories and novels, and Southeast Asian dance.

“The beginning four subjects are the relevant subjects to my major. Although the dance class is not related to my major, what has inspired me to choose this course is the Thai cultural that motivated a curiousness to learn more,” she added. Living in the new environment, she had met some differences and challenges between studying in Cambodia and abroad, she said. Because of entering the international college, she could meet lots of friends from different countries and cultures,
from all around the world, such as America, China, Burma, Korea, Italy, England, Australia, etc. that had given her a great chance to practice her English skills.
She said that she had tried her best to represent Cambodian people to foreign students. “I felt that during the time I studied in Thailand, I had more responsibilities on behalf of Cambodian students in trying to promote my home country to foreign people,” she said.

While she over there, the challenge was higher than studying in Cambodia because most of the foreign students did well in their study performance. She said they worked really hard, so to compete with those students, she had to study hard too. Seakkeav found it hard to adjust herself to the new environment. She couldn’t manage things well during life over there and felt a little homesick, but the separated life from friends and family has taught her to be more independent than before.
This scholarship taught her a lot about student life during studying abroad. She has learnt about communicative skill with new people, building knowledge and capacity, feeling of missing home country, and especially being an independent person.

After enjoying life in Thailand for over five months, this March, she has come back to Cambodia, along with an unforgettable experience. She is now continuing her study at UC. She said that she is planning to further her study in Master’s Degree in the field of education abroad after three or four years of working experiences either in accounting or education. (SEAW)



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You Panith, 22, is one of the 500 recipients who obtained a scholarship from The University of Cambodia (UC) in 2007. He is the third year student majoring in English literature. His passion of the subject has pushed him to immerse himself in studying extensively in various types of literature, especially Khmer and English literature. Understanding the benefits of literature’s roles in the society, Panith is pleased to share his knowledge in the subject with other people, particularly with university students.

He said the basic aspect of literature is to educate people, and after years of studying literature, both Khmer and English literature, he has learned a vast variety of subjects consisting in literature’s contents. It has broadened his general knowledge in the areas of history, society, environment, culture, and philosophy. In addition,
it also guides and provides solutions on how to deal with problems in society.

“Studying literature helps learners understand about the progress of society, and it serves as a mirror that reflects social conditions. It brings learners to comprehend the ways that people live, in different places and historical backgrounds,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly during an interview.

He continued to say that good literature pieces will be able to open readers’ eyes to perceive the whole world. “You will learn about their history, society, culture, politics, and the ways that they interact with each other if you study foreign literature.” Comparing the differences between English and Khmer literature, Panith said that Khmer literature texts are more focused on description and narration and authors do not directly bring readers to understand the texts’ meaning by using actual words. Instead, they tend to use a lot of literary terms, especially comparative ones.

On the other hand, English literature pieces usually present what writers want to express directly to readers.

Another different aspect of the two literatures is about the historical and social dissimilarity, which leads written texts to have different contents. Although there are many kinds of literature that are various from country to country and time to time, all sorts of literatures, however, possess basic elements in common as the goal
of every literature piece is to entertain, simultaneously, educate, and energize readers through witty words that are excellently used by writers, he said.

He also noticed that there are a few major difficulties in studying this major. Basically, some novels, short stories, and other sorts of literature writing are complex to understand and analyze which, as a result, might lead students to misinterpretat the texts. It also requires students to read extensively.

To tackle these challenges, he said that he has to read a lot, which is, in particular, included the knowledge of historical backgrounds and contexts of the story because different literature pieces might result from different trends, history, culture, and settings.

Moreover, sharing and discussing with friends are also important for him to learn and exchange feedback that they, in turn, will be able to assist him to get out of unclear points. He added that his favorite English novelist is Virginia Woolf and Cambodian author, Mao Samnang.

Besides having a bachelor degree in English literature at UC, Panith is also majoring in Economics at the National University of Management (NUM). After finishing high school degree from Tbong Khmum High School in 2007, he has moved to school in Phnom Penh, where, at same year, he obtained scholarship from the two universities.

“I want to become a teacher of English literature at The University of Cambodia because I want to educate young people and improve education sector in the country,” he said. ” (SEAW


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Poster featuring Mao Sovanrithy (left) who discusses his interest in the performing

Mao Sovanrithy, 22, a student of the undergraduate education gives his personal view that investing in diverse performing arts can also be positively reflected in improvements in study.

From his personal perspective, participation in arts would make him feel excited and have a refreshed mind in order to accelerate his studies. “Art performance is a challenge for me as an ordinary student, but arts would improve my study for some reasons. It helps reduce stress produced by grueling study that can propel me to learn more effectively.

Performing the arts also helps demonstrate my talents and creativity toward the pursuit of our dream. Arts really urge me to learn the new things that make life colorful,” Sovanrithy said during an interview with The Southeast Asia Weekly. Sovanrithy’ favorite performing arts are dancing, role playing, and singing.

“I prefer dancing because it is a stress releasing activity similar to sport. Dancing is also enjoyable especially; to dance in a group gives us a fun moment where we can show off our talents and creativity. Role playing is another exciting art since the drama has equipped me with strong confidence to prove the talents so as to set me an arena to challenge with my weaknesses,” he said. “Anyway, singing is also my favorite art because it reduces stress, while I can express my personal feeling in an alternative way.

After singing, I always feel fresh and relaxed to get ready for the knowledge absorption,” he pointed out.

In order to perform well on stage, he needs to get over fear, forget himself, and remain focused on his role; it is remarkably hard to overcome the internal weakness. Experiencing the taste of arts, he used to perform in the University of Cambodia Entertainment Show organized by students in 2009 where he acted as a Model Star.

of time for rehearsal to guarantee the good performance on stage in front of an audience of hundreds,” he said. “I also got valuable recommendations after the performance.” He also participated in another fun occasion, the UC Christmas Party on 26 December last year to perform as the protagonist in the play entitled,

“You are My Santa Claus.” The play was authored and acted by students. The team is firmly committed in an aim to produce an amazing show toward the audiences whom the majority is their classmates. “All of us concentrated highly and tried our best; we discussed how to make the scripts interesting accompanied by funny terms as well as a commitment to repeated rehearsing.

On the performance day, despite feeling nervous, we managed to attain our best performance,” he proudly mentioned. He regarded the universal recognition of Angkor Wat Temple and other great Khmer art heritages as the world-renowned heritages that are the practical evidence to prove that Cambodian art legacies are among the world-class treasures.

“The mystery of Angkor Wat Temple” architecture has spiritually lead Cambodia to constantly develop and conserve her arts as the treasures for the next generation. Although the arts sector in Cambodia has suffered in decades of war, it is currently being recovered and enhanced greatly after the devastation,” he said.
He raised the example that most movies he watched before were Thai’s and Chinese’s, but now he noticed that more Khmer films have been emerging on TVs as well as in cinemas. Besides, the architecture of new building and high-rise condominiums are designed in conformity with Khmer styles that also signify the art developments in Cambodia.

However, I also noticed the surging trend of foreign music imitation renovated into Khmer’s; that is a notable weakness that we need to take into account,” he stressed.

Sovanrithy is currently the student at The University of Cambodia (UC) in term 6 majoring in Information Technology (IT). He won the scholarship entitled Samdech Hun Sen-Handa National Scholarships 2008 from The University of Cambodia.

In parallel, he is also a junior at the Norton University majoring in Finance and Banking. Lastly, he revealed the philosophical doctrine that contributes vastly to
his life-time successes.

“One of the philosophies I like to share with others is, ‘Great work is performed not by strength but by perseverance’—– Samuel Johnson.” (SEAW)


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