AM POV ON COURSE TO BECOME IT EXPERT

One of The University of Cambodia’s “Samdech Hun Sen- Handa National Scholarship 2007” students, Am Pov, 29, has provided an interview to The Southeast Asia Weekly on June 30. He is the third in a family of fi ve brothers and two sisters. The family lives in Baseth district, Kampong Speu province, where he born in 1980.

Am Pov is a Buddhist monk staying at the Svay Porpea pagoda in Phnom Penh. In addition, he studies Information Technology (IT) with The University of Cambodia. To claim his position, he passed scholarship exams offered by The University of Cambodia in August 2007.

“I became a Buddhist monk in 1997 when I was living in Korng Pisey district in Kampong Speu province. I decided to join the Pagoda because it offered me the chance to study both Dharma and gain a foundation in general education. My aim was – and still is – to support my family and help develop my nation,” he said.

Am Pov said that as a monk, he stayed at the Chottenaram pagoda located in Korng Pisey district and later, he moved to the Sothanavong pagoda, also known as the Phar Daek pagoda in Oudong district in Kampong Speu province. Whilst there, he continued his studies at the Buddhist Secondary School.

In 2000, he moved to the Thamikaram pagoda to study the Pali language at a Buddhist Pali School in Battambang province. The next stop on his list was the Svay Porpea pagoda, with further study at the Preah Sangkhareach Bou Kry Buddhist High School in Phnom Penh. He earned his Baccalaureate there in 2007. Consequently, he applied to study IT at UC following introduction of the “Samdech Hun Sen-Handa National Scholarships” in 2007.

“I was relieved to pass the 2007 scholarship exams offered by the University of Cambodia. Without the scholarship, I doubt I would be able to enjoy the benefi ts of higher education with UC. I will work hard to demonstrate my gratitude to the University authorities. If possible, I would like to take the course all the way to post graduate level. Yes, it is a pipe-dream at the moment, but the scholarship providers have given me the potential to realize it,” he said

He decided to study Information Technology at The University of Cambodia because of the University’s excellent reputation. “I decided to study IT because when I take all the advantages into account – the fully equipped IT labs, the credit system and the English language policy – UC offers the best chance for me to achieve my goals,” he said.

Am Pov said that besides his studies at UC, he is now studying a short course on Administration and Accounting Skills offered by the Save the Poor Organization in Phnom Penh. This will provide him with an additional set of skills essential to survival in the professional world.

“I will be graduating in two years,” he said. “And I want to equip myself with the full range of transferable skills well before this.”
Peanh Rony, a Buddhist Monk living at Svay Porpea pagoda and friend to Am Pov, said he appreciated Pov’s capacity for hard work. Rony said that he has known Am Pov since 2001, when they studied together at the Preah Sangkhareach Bou Kry Buddhist High School in Phnom Penh.

He said that in the pagoda where he stayed, Am Pov developed a reputation for being gentle, friendly, honest and helpful. “I am pleased to know Am Pov. He has a well defi ned dream and the drive necessary to achieve it,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly.

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S C H O L A R S H I P S T U D E N T A I M S F O R DOCTORAL DEGREE IN ECONOMICS

Kong Vong Seih Sothy, 18, one of The University of Cambodia’s Samdech Hun Sen-Handa National Scholarship studentshas described his wishes at an interview with The Cambodia Weekly on May 11, 2009. Vong Seih Sothy has one brother and one sister in his family – he is the oldest, and they are now staying in Phnom Penh. His father is an offi cer, working with the Cambodian Red Cross in Phnom Penh and his mother is a home-maker. He is now studying Economics at The University of Cambodia (UC) in Phnom Penh, having passed the scholarship exams in September 2008. Before graduation with The University of Cambodia, Vong Seih Sothy studied at Sisowath High School in Phnom Penh, earning a Baccalaureate in 2008. He then applied to study Economics at UC following the introduction of the “Samdech Hun Sen- Handa National Scholarships” in 2008. “I am overjoyed to have passed the scholarship exams from The University of Cambodia,” he said. “I am also very happy because I am now able to write and speak English with something approaching fl uency, following my time with UC. This has been a by-product of the University’s insistence on English as the medium of instruction.” Vong Seih Sothy continued to say that he decided to apply for study with UC because he received the highest impression of the organization’s quality following visits to the University and recommendations from friends. As he discovered, this reputation is well founded; the University of Cambodia employs only the best instructors and incorporates the fl exibility afforded by the modular system, as practiced in the United States education sector. He decided to study Economics with UC because he wants to use the qualifi cation to help generate jobs for Cambodians and contribute to the development of human resources in the nation. “My dream is to work as an economist or economic analyst, preferably with the Royal Government of Cambodia, an international organization or foreign NGO in future,” he said. “I have to study hard to reach my fi nal goal and take it step-by-step. First I will earn a Bachelor’s Degree and then move on to postgraduate study with UC.” He realizes he has set himself quite a challenge. He studies very hard, completes all homework and assignments by the deadlines and reads around his subject. “I believe that the sacrifi ces I make now will be well worth it when I can show future employers my qualifi cations. With a little extra ap-I am overjoyed to passed the scholarship exams from The University of Cambodia. I am also very happy because I am now able to write speak English with something approaching fl uency, following my time with UC. This has a by-product of the University’s insistence on English as the medium of instruction plication, a little extra reading, there is no limit to what a truly committed student can achieve.” With a work ethic this strong, he should have little diffi culty reaching his goals. Korm Vannary, 18, a fi rst-year Finance and Banking Student of the Royal University of Law and Economic Sciences (RULES) in Phnom Penh, and personal friend to Kong Vong Seih Sothy, said she understood Vong Seih Sothy’s drive for success. Vannary said she has known Kong Vong Seih Sothy since 2006 when she was studying with him in grade 11, at the Sisowath High School in Phnom Penh. She said that Vong Seih Sothy was a gentle, helpful and honest student and a hard worker. “I am inspired by Kong Vong Seih Sothy’s vision for himself and his desire to work for the nation. I hope that he will realize this dream and I wish him all the best of luck and success in future,” she told The Cambodia Weekly.

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S C H O L A R S T U D E N T D O K S O K M E Y DESCRIBES HER FUTURE DREAMS

Dok Sok Mey, 18, one of The University of Cambodia’s “Samdech Hun Sen-Handa National Scholarships 2008” students, has described her future dream while speaking to The Cambodia Weekly during an interview on May 18. Sok Mey lives in Phnom Penh, where she was born in 1990. Her father is a motor mechanic and her mother sells clothing in Kandal market here in Phnom Penh.

Sok Mey is now studying English Literature with The University of Cambodia (UC) and also studying Economics at the Royal University of Law and Economic Sciences (RULES). She passed the scholarship exams offered by UC on September 22, 2008.

“It was a great achievement for me to have passed the UC entrance exams. They were a challenge and I was very pleased with my results,” she said. “With this preliminary out of the way, I am now free to enjoy the many benefi ts that UC has to offer.”

Currently bringing her fi rst year at UC to a profi table conclusion, Sok Mey said that she cut her academic teeth at Preah Sisowath High School Baccalaureate in 2008. She applied to study English Literature with UC following the introduction of the “Samdech Hun Sen-Handa National Scholarships”. She took this step, confi dent that a further humanities qualifi cation would ensure eventual employment with a prestigious organization, as befi ts a UC graduate.

She added that this course gave her all the practice she needed to bring her English language skills up to speed. She said she now felt perfectly comfortable using English and that she was equal to any communicative challenge in the professional arena.

She noted that the University’s degree scheme encourages students to study “elective subjects” that were not necessarily linked to the major fi eld of study. Apart from the wealth of literature topics on offer, Sok Mey will strengthen her repertoire of transferable skills with subjects such as Business Communications and Computer Literacy.

The ambitious student said that besides the study of English Literature, she is also studying Economics. “I enjoy the study of English Literature, but it also has a practical value. Study with UC has given me the con- fi dence to seek out research material
relevant to economics. My literature course has also increased my sense of cultural literacy and I no longer fi nd the Western way of thought such a confusing matter,” Sok Mey said. “The degree in economics will open some doors; but the study of literature
has opened my mind.”

hard to maintain her position somewhere near the top of the class. Once she has graduated, she will seek employment for a year or so, save the money and then use it to fund postgraduate study abroad. She intends to continue the study of literature in Australia, New Zealand or the U.S. She is currently assessing the range of scholarships on offer from various institutions to help her forward her intentions.

She said that study abroad would provide her with a unique insight into the habits and mores of a developed nation. She intends to bring these discoveries home to Cambodia and apply them to the personnel needs of the nation.

I enjoy the study of English Literature, but it also has a practical value. Study with UC has given me the confidence to seek out research material relevant to economics. My literature course has also increased my sense of cultural literacy and I no longer fi nd the Western way of thought such a confusing matter. The degree in economics will open some doors; but the study of literature has opened my mind

Sok Mey also said that besides her studies with UC and RULES, she is also in the fi fth year of a course in Chinese Literature, conducted by the Tuan Huo School in Phnom Penh. As if an in-depth knowledge of English and Khmer was not accomplishment
enough, she is also a fl uent speaker and writer of Mandarin.

Nhean Sokhon, 49, father of Sok Mey, is understandably proud of his daughter’s achievements. She joins her brother who is studying third year Banking and Finance at the National University of Management in Phnom Penh.

“I am very proud because I have a good daughter and I wish her all success in the future. My duty as a father is to support her and her brother help them become the best they can be. I will therefore encourage her to take her studies as far as she can,” he told The Cambodia Weekly. “Abilities such as hers should not be wasted. They should be placed at the service of the best professional organizations, though I would be overjoyed if she would consent to work for the government.

Sokhon said that his daughter developed the study habit from an early age. She was supported in this by excellent teachers at primary and high school in Phnom Penh. This habit has stayed with her and she brings home glowing reports from her instructors
on a monthly basis.

“I am very happy and honored by my daughter’s sense of purpose and strong will,” he said. “I am con-fi dent that my daughter will realize her dreams and became a manager in future.” All who know her at The University of Cambodia share her
father’s confi dence.

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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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