UC Associate Dean Receives ASEAN Visiting Fellowship Award

By Chheang Sangvath

Mr.Chheang Sangvath (UC Associate Dean for College of Education and Director for Office of Student Academic Affairs) received an ASEAN Visiting Fellowship Award to attend Mahidol University’s Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities program in Thailand. The fellowship program is for a duration of 6 months, starting from December 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014. The fellowship
is part of Mahidol University program aimed at promoting faculty capacity building in teaching, research, and management at the post graduate level, in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Also the program is designed to help Mr. Chheang integrate and prepare for his academic pursuit of a Ph.D. Last year, Mr. Chheang was accepted into the Doctor of Education Program in Educational Management from Mahidol University. Starting from January 2014 until December 2016, he will be working to perfect his professional and personal capacity in the educational sector to earn his Doctorate Degree.

During twelve years working with Higher Education Institutions, Mr.Chheang has been involved in teaching, research, evaluation, curriculum development, and other administrative work. At the completion of his program, he will return to the University of Cambodia, share and use his knowledge and experience to help the country constructive develop. The University of Cambodia partially funds the program and fully supports Mr. Chheang’s pursuit of his personal and professional development.

In addition, Mr. Jong provided tips on how to successfully adjust and adapt to life in Korea. He focused on
three mains areas:

1. How to prepare for study in Korea.
2. How to enjoy Korean life style.
3. How to get a job after study in Korea.

In the next 20 to 30 years there will be a decline in Korean student enrolment. The Korean government’s plan is to supplement student demand with international student enrolment. By providing scholarships to ASEAN member states, it not only helps increase student enrolment, also diversifies the Korean student body and diversifies perspectives and experience of ASEAN-Korea students studying in all Korean universities. Students interested in applying for a scholarship to study in Korea should be on the lookout for scholarship opportunities provided by the Korean government through their respected universities, follow KINSA online at www.kinsa.org, and do their own personal research and apply directly to Korea universities of their interest.

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UC Supports Staff Capacity Building

in the People’s Republic of China

By Sry Kimhong

Mr. Sry Kimhong (Administrative Assistant of the University of Cambodia) received Chinese government scholarship through the University of Cambodia to pursue a Master’s in Corporate Management at Shanghai University. The scholarship is fully funded by the Chinese government, covering tuition fee, and accommodation, with a living allowance for a period of three years, from August 2013 to July 2016.

The aim of the scholarship is to help build the capacity of young Cambodian managers in order to return and help Cambodia develop.

During the first 18 months of the program, Kimhong will need to complete all his major course work. The remaining year and half will be used to do field research, write up a research paper, and defend his Master’s thesis. There is a possibility of having his research published in a scholarly journal.

Mr. Sry Kimhong has worked for the University of Cambodia as part of UC’s dynamic administration team since October 2011. The University is proud to support Mr. Sry Kimhong in his academic endeavors. His pursuit of knowledge will not only bridge Cambodian and Chinese cultural differences, but bond the University of Cambodia to the People’s Republic of China.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity the University of Cambodia and the Chinese government have provided me for staff capacity building, inside and outside of the country, in order to enhance my education, skills, and experiences,” said Kimhong.

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ASEAN-India Youth

Exchange Program 2013
By Saya Linda

Miss Saya Linda (President of the University of Cambodia Student Senate) participated in the “ASEAN-India Youth Exchange Program 2013.” The program was hosted by the Federal Government of India and coordinated by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). There were 110 youths from five ASEAN member states (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia and Malaysia) that participated in the exchange program. The exchange program aimed to promote ASEAN youth entrepreneur leadership, to enhance and strengthen the cooperation between ASEAN countries and India, and to promote cultural exchange between ASEAN and Indian students. Among these 110 delegates, there were 25 youths from Cambodia.

During the 10-day program, the delegates from Cambodia visited three cities – Cochin, Jaipur and New Delhi. During the first three days in Cochin city, there was a wide range of activities. First, delegates attended an introduction session about Cochin city and some Dos and Don’ts in India. Then all delegates went on to sight-seeing at Kerala Folklore, a three-style architectural museum, Kerala seashore, Christian churches and Cochin synagogue. The agenda also included visits to School for Community Management Study, Coir Company, and Greater Cochin Development Authority where we had the chance to interact with Indian students. We learned about Coir’s products and its economic value. Also, we learned about GCDA’s roles in developing Cochin city into an economic hub.

During the next three days in the city of Jaipur, Cambodian delegates visited JECRC, one of the leading college of Management and Engineering school in town. We learned about educational development in India. We were also briefed about the curriculum and facilities at JECRC, as well as an interaction session with its students. The next visit was to Lotus Dairy Enterprise where delegates learned about dairy industry in Jaipur, the company products, and production process in the factory. In addition, there was an interaction session with the Young India Committee (YIC), an institution for young Indian entrepreneurs aged 25-40 which focuses on nation building and individual development. The visit carried on to sight-seeing at two historical sites in the old city of Jaipur – Amber Fort and Jantar Mantar, as well as Chokhi Dhani, a cultural village, for a night out and dining. In the morning we departured to New Delhi for the Opening Ceremony and Gala Dinner.

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ASEAN-JAPAN Youth Leader Forum

ASEAN-JAPAN Youth Leader Forum:
Roles of Youth in the ASEAN-JAPAN Relation in the 21st Century
30th November – 2nd December 2013

By Song Lin

Three UC student representatives, Miss Song Lin, Mr. Long Youpheng, and Mr. Lim Nguon joined 50 other ASEAN youth participants in the “ASEAN-Japan Youth Leader Forum: Roles of Youth in the ASEAN-Japan Relation in the 21st Century.” The primary aim of the Youth Leader Forum was to have Cambodia host the ASEAN-Japan Youth Leaders’ Forum as one of the commemorative activities to mark the 40th Anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Dialogue Relations in 2013. In addition, the Forum soughts to further uphold the importance of people to people contracts and cultural exchanges in order to build mutual understanding and friendship between ASEAN and Japan. The Forum’s secondary objectives were to seek ASEAN-Japan Young Leaders’ perspectives on (1) political and security cooperation; (2) economic and financial cooperation; (3) socio cultural cooperation; and (4) future directions and the role of youth in further deepening ASEAN-Japan relations.

In his opening remarks H.E. Im Koch emphasized the important role of youth in building societies in their individual countries, in building the ASEAN Community, as well as in promoting peace, security and prosperity in the region and the world at large. During the forum, youth recommended ASEAN and Japanese leaders to consider enlarging and extending the current scope of cooperation from the intergovernmental level to the community and people to people levels, and providing a role for youth to play in regional development. After much discussion and brainstorming ASEAN-Japan youth leaders provided the following recommendations on the forum’s secondary objectives aimed at increasing youth participation in regional development.

1. Political and Security Cooperation

• Encourage the Leaders of ASEAN and Japan to continuously engage in development dialogues and consensus building;
• Encourage their governments to strengthen collaboration, promote understanding, education, and human rights among ASEAN and Japan youth;
• Suggest ASEAN member states and Japan promote youth participation in decision-making process through their representatives and the use of new age social network technology
• Suggest that youths should engage more in the area of non-traditional security (NTS) matters, including smuggling and migrations;
• Suggest linking Japan to existing mechanisms and bodies within ASEAN, as well as civil society organizations;

2. Economic and Financial Cooperation

• Recognize Japan’s contribution to economic development;
• Consideration issues related to labour movement, free flow of goods and services, investment and agreement implementation;
• Raise awareness as well as enhancing the linkages to maximize the economic and financial benefits of both parties;
• Consider youth potential in the labour market – work to link educational to economic opportunities for the youth;
• Recognize that each country will do its best to meet regional standards and regulations in order to be competitive in the market;
3. Socio-Cultural Cooperation
a. Recommend to continue efforts of promoting belonging of an Asia community without barrier and prejudice among ASEAN-Japan youth of ASEAN;
b. Recommend incorporation youth participation in helping preserve of cultural heritage within ASEAN and Japan regions through cultural exchange programs;
c. Continue to promote ASEAN and Japan socio-cultural cooperation to enhance Asia values;
d. Recommend to follow up on forum’s action plan to enhance relations of ASEAN and Japan youth;

4. Future Direction
a. Propose to engage youth in the political-security arena such as counter-terrorism, human trafficking issues, and conflict resolution and prevention;
b. Promote gender equality and women empowerment by engaging women in every sectors of the economy;
c. Promote youth capacity building, especially at the grass-root level;
d. Propose to jointly address common regional challenges such as healthcare, environment issues, women and children empowerment, urbanization, food security, disaster management, and climate change;
e. Continue encourage knowledge sharing and technology transfer to narrow the intellectual property right gas;
The Forum reiterated the important role of youths in raising awareness, identifying challenges, and making recommendation to enhance ASEAN-Japan development. ASEAN and Japan youth have important roles to play in society development. In order to have a lasting future youth perspective matters. Vibrant youthful ideas can help contribute to building a prosperous Asia community.

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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.

C a l l f o r B o o k D o n a t i o n s

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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