Miss Sreng Leakhena

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Miss Sreng Leakhena received her BA degree in Business Management from
The University of Cambodia (UC) in 2012. Currently, she holds a position as an international broadcaster at Voice of America in Washington D.C.

“Studying Business Management at UC enabled me to learn about business skill sets and knowledge. However most importantly, I have not only learnt about business, but also many other interesting elective courses ranging from international relations to history. This special opportunity deepened my own understanding about myself of what I would like to pursue for my future academic and career path.
UC opened up my horizons and provided me with a large scope of knowledge that
has been the key foundation which enabled me to do well in my Master’s program of International Studies. As a result, I was recruited to work in my dream job as a broadcaster which allowed me to make an impact to people in my home
country by informing them what is happening around the world.”

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

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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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Study Abroad Scholarship Event

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On Wednesday, March 30th, 2016, over 100+ students attended the Study Abroad Scholarship Event in the UC Conference Hall. The topic of the event was, “How to win a scholarship to study abroad.” The guest speakers were Bun Sambath, on “Prepa-ration for Scholarships, Accessing Information, and Interview Techniques;” Ieng Malin, on “How to get a high score on the IELTS test;” and Eng Linda, on “How to get accepted into an exchange program.”

Ieng Malin, a current UC student who scored very high on her IELTS test, and is getting ready to go abroad to study in America. Bun Sambath, and Eng Linda, both study abroad alumni, reaffirmed that they are especially committed to share their study abroad experiences with UC students, and to work with UC students to obtain scholarships abroad. The over-arching theme of the event was that studying abroad is a crucial aspect of Cambodian development. Bun Sambath, Ieng Malin and Eng Linda are very keen on returning to the UC campus for other presentations, and/or to help students directly.

The Skills and Career Development Center (SCDC) would like to express its sincere appreciation to Bun Sambath, Ieng Malin, and Eng Linda for volunteering their time to help motivate, encourage and educate other UC students.

Through joint participation and cooperation, we can make a difference in our students’ skills and career development. SCDC would like to thank all participants for joining the event. Together, we can ensure students’ success in the 21st century.

By: Mr. Brendens Lek, Director of the Skills and Career Development Center

 

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Youth Team Building Camp

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On March 11-12th, 2016, The University Of Cambodia Student Senate (UCSS) celebrated an event entitled, “Youth Team Building Camp,” in Kep Province. Ms. Kay Navin, UCSS Member, led the event with the help of other UCSS members and UC student volunteers. The objectives of this project were to help the local Koang Kang Community by engaging the participants in a environmental protection training and tree planting; to inspire UC students to engage with the community and help local people; to build a closer relationship among UCSS members, UC students and UC faculty and staff; to encourage solidarity in each team through playing corporative games and warmly welcoming the UCSS 10th man-date’s new members; and to foster self-responsibility and flexibility among youth.

The Youth Team Building Camp is a new project of The UCSS 10th Mandate and was held for an entire weekend. The ?rst day began at 7:00AM and did not conclude until 10:00PM that night. During the long day, the participants traveled from Phnom Penh to Kep Province, held an environmental training regarding the Kaong Kang tree, and hosted interactive activities with the Kaong Kang community. The evening concluded with activities on the beach and dinner at 6pm. After dinner, participants built a camp?re and spoke for many hours. It was a good chance for participants to get to know one another better, and to brainstorm ideas for future projects.

The second day began with breakfast at 7:35AM. Immediately following breakfast, the participants departed by bus to Kampong Trach Mountain. Children who live around the mountain guided participants, and the children told stories about the mountain’s history. We also played a game called Finding Treasure, after we completed all the other activities. We also did not forget about giving back to the community, as it is one of the core principles of this mandate. We donated all kinds of supplies such as UC notebooks, pens, pencils, rulers and UC t-shirts to the poor children near the Kampong Trach Moun-tain. After the donation, the participants returned to Phnom Penh, arriving around 3:30PM.

It was such a joyous and successful event, as there were about 85 participants joining the event with smiles and happiness. UCSS would like to thank The University of Cambodia, and especially H.E. Dr. Kao Kim Hourn, for their committed support to UCSS activities and encouragement to give back to the community through social works.

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UC Foundation Request for Scholarship Funding

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The University of Cambodia (UC) is requesting funding to support its UC Scholarship Program. A large majority of potential Cambodian university students are unable to afford the tuition fees to at-tend a local university, so the Scholarship Program is critical to alleviate this major obstacle to self advancement. At the same time, funding for the Scholarship Program helps the university to cover its operating expenses and maintain its high academic standards.

Although much development progress has been made in the past two decades, the consequences of Cambodia’s recent history continue to limit the formation and development of skills among Cambodian youth, particularly those most affected by exclusionary factors such as poverty, gender, ethnicity, and geographic remoteness. The UC Scholarship Program is a targeted effort to support the educational development of high-achieving Cambodian students across the country, so they can develop the necessary skills and competency to become knowledgeable employees and engaged citizens.

At this time, a large majority of Cambodian students need financial assistance to pursue and complete their higher degree programs and have other enriching educational opportunities. Roughly 80 percent of the 3,000+ students enrolled at UC are on full or partial scholarships, made possible by generous donors. The university anticipates that this figure will remain high for several years until a majority of Cambodian families are financially secure enough to make this investment on their own. Additionally, there are currently no government agencies or private institutions that offer student loans to Cambodian students to help them pay for university tuition, living expenses, or learning enrichment opportunities that include research, intern-ships, and teaching.

The university is seeking financial and in-kind donations to create more scholarships for students in need. Scholarships are awarded to students who score highest on a competitive exam targeted towards impoverished students, students from rural areas, ethnic minority students, and female students.

Funding in the Scholarship Program will substantially help UC raise the standards for research, critical thinking, innovation, and problem solving the ultimate goal is for UC students to be marketable not only in Cambodia, but also regionally and globally. By providing access to high-quality learning opportunities for students, as well as emphasizing fluency in the English language for students in the International Track, UC trains and prepares its students to make strong, positive contributions to Cambodian society through social and economic development.

If you would like to contribute to the UC Scholarship Program and give students across the country the opportunity to live their dreams and change lives, please contact UC Foundation representatives to help give the gift that matters most, a higher education.

Ms. Samantha Smith Advisor to the President University of Cambodia Samantha@uc.edu.kh

The University of Cambodia FOUNDATION
Northbridge Road P.O. Box 917 Sangkat Toek Thla Khan San Sok
Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia Tel: (855-23) 993-274 Fax: (855-23) 993-284 www.ucfoundation.net

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Youth for National Culture

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On March 3rd, 2016, The University of Cambodia participated in a national culture event under the theme, “Youth for National Culture.” During this event, four kinds of competitions were held for high school and university students. The University of Cambodia participated in three of the competitions: tradi-tional dance, role-playing, and national trivia.

All three teams from The University of Cambodia tried really hard during the training period, which was for about two months prior to the main event. Because of this effort from the teams, as well as the full support from The University of Cambodia, all three teams brought home trophies. The traditional dance team received the second place award, the role-playing team received the ?rst place award, and the trivia team received the ?rst place award.

During the award ceremony, the three teams were honored by the presence of H.E Dr. Kao Kim Hourn, Founder, Chairman of the Board of Trustees and President of the University of Cambodia. H.E Dr. Kao Kim Hourn was very pleased with this achievement of UC students, and promised to fully support further cultural projects.

 

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