UC Foundation Request for Scholarship Funding


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


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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Outstanding Student


 By: Mr. Heng Samnang

What are your daily study habits? “One of my study habits is to pay close

attention in class. I believe that listening carefully and actively to lectures helps me get more out of the class. Moreover, I also try to read course textbooks for more detailed information and useful examples. More importantly, most of the time I read in advance, before class starts, so that it is quite easy for me to understand the lecture and be prepared.

for any unexpected questions.”

Do you do anything different when studying for a quiz or exam? “When it comes to studying for a quiz or exam, I always review my notes and PowerPoint slides, and then I read the course textbook to get further details on any points I have doubts about. Furthermore, I also ?nd group studies to be very useful because they allow me to get a lot of good ideas and extra information that I can use to develop my own ideas, in order to write even better during the exam.”

Do you study at another university or have a job or internship?
“I also studied at the Institute of Foreign Languages (IFL) in the afternoon, majoring in Professional Com-munication (PC), but I graduated last year. Now, I am searching for employment opportunities as well as any available internship programs.”

How do you manage your time and schedule?

“In order to cope with my tough schedule, I have come up with a very simple, yet effective, study plan. That is, to learn and review immediately what I have learned in class each day on a regular basis. For example, if I study two subjects per day, I will spend at least one hour reading and reviewing for each subject every day. By doing so, I save a lot of time, reduce my heavy workload, and enjoy learning smoothly without too much pressure.”

Being a student can be a very stressful and busy time, how do you manage your health?
“I have to admit that stress is an unavoidable part of academic life, which can be quite challenging for every-one, especially for a student studying at two universities at the same time, like me. That’s why I always rank my health above my other important priorities. I personally believe that instead of trying to run away from stress, we better confront it with bravery by trying to ?nd ways to deal with it. Among all the methods I have used to maintain my health, being well-prepared before a quiz or exam can be a very good way to avoid being stressed simply because we don’t have to worry that much about what will appear on the exam papers. Playing football regularly on the weekend is another technique I use to release all the stress I have accumulated during the week, and also to keep myself physically strong and mentally fresh. In addition, I manage to get a good amount of sleep, between 5 and 7 hours per night. More importantly, I always keep myself happy by talking with my friends during the break time.”

What are your future plans?
“First and foremost, I plan to work for two years in the private sector, and then I would really like to win a scholarship to pursue my Master’s Degree abroad. In the next 5 or 10-years, I would like to have obtained an international Master’s Degree, and work in a private company, possibly in a high position, and also have my own business.”

What advice can you give to other students who are hoping to be more successful next term?
“The advice I would like to share is to simply ask as many questions as possible in class, and to not be afraid or ashamed to raise your hand while your lecturer is speaking. Also, try to spend some time reading the course textbooks because your lecturers cannot teach you everything. It is only through self-study that you can ex-pand your knowledge. Always be well prepared, so that you don’t have to cram for an exam. Finally, read as much as possible in English because reading provides you with new knowledge, information, and experiences, and it can also improve your English language pro?ciency. Reading enables you to write better, grammatically correct sentences, and without doubt you will get better grades on your exams and essays.

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Outstanding Student


Normally, the way I study is that I pay attention to the lecturer all the time, during every class; and more importantly, I always take notes on what the lecturer is saying because I think that all the information given in class is very important. When I have any questions or doubts or I feel unsure about something, I always raise my hand to ask questions. Moreover, I always actively participate in class activities such as group discussions.”
“One other thing, I realize that studying in the classroom by paying attention to the lecturers alone is not enough for us as a university student. We have to do extra self-study at home, such as reading the text-book before coming to class. Within one day, I allocate time to study according to the difficulty level of each subject or topic. For instance some subjects that are difficult to understand I would read for about one hour, as opposed to some easier subjects, which I may spend only 15 minutes on. During reading, I always take notes, especially for key terms that I cannot understand; I always Google the word to and the definition.”

Do you do anything different when studying for a quiz or exam?

“It is very beneficial for us to take notes, so when it comes to time for review for exams, I can look through my notes and easily understand the key points of all the lessons. For quizzes and exams I may take some extra time to review but it should not change too much because actually, we should start studying every day from the beginning of term, not just before a test. However, sometimes I will form group discussions with my classmates. We can share ideas and and out what we understand or don’t understand, and we can help each other with difficult concepts.”

Do you study at another university or have a job or internship?
“No I only study at the University of Cambodia. In the morning I help my mom with our business, and I attend classes in the afternoon. I used to be a youth volunteer for a social work organization, but now I am concentrating on my final exam for university.”

How do you manage your time and schedule?
“To be successful in my studies, I must manage my time and make a study plan at the beginning of each term. This is very important to me because I want to achieve good grades. Manage your time and don’t delay the tasks. That is very important, especially when you have to manage five or more courses at the same time.”

Being a student can be a very stressful and busy time, how do you manage your health?
“I admit that student life at university can be stressful. Whenever I feel stressed I stop reading or studying for a while and go out to get fresh air, relax and refresh and then later I would come back to do it again. This way I would not feel so stressed. One of the most important things is to take care of my health, it is very important to stay strong and healthy, and to get enough sleep, especially during exam time.”

What are your future plans?
“After I graduate I plan to and a job at either an NGO or in the public sector. I also have a plan to continue my studies further to obtain a Master’s degree either in Cambodia or abroad, so I am also looking for local or international scholarship.”

What advice can you give to other students who are hoping to be more successful next term?
“All students should set study goals every term, and set course expectations in terms of the end result. Meaning you should ask yourself, “What do I want to get from every subject?” The next step is to have a study plan by working out a strategy to achieve your goal, and then working hard to achieve it. Lastly, it is very important to know how to prepare for exams. You have to pay attention to the lecturer from the beginning of term, and study and prepare by taking notes during each class. I suggest that students do not leave their studying for right before exams, you will have many exams around the same period and you will feel stressed, and will not achieve good results.”

—————- By: Ms. Nuon Soneta

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2016 Annual Assembly of Cambodian Red Cross Youth


By: Ms. Kong Rathana, University Registrar

On February 29th, 2016, the Cambodian Red Cross organized the Annual Assembly of Cambodian Red Cross Youth; the purpose being to assess activities completed in 2015 and set forth the direction for 2016. The annual assembly was presided over by Samdech Kittipritthbindit Bun Rany Hun Sen, President of the Cambodian Red Cross and Chairman of the Committee for the Development of Red Cross Youth and Volunteers. Around 300 participants at-tended this assembly, including UC advisors and UC-CRCY members.

H.E. Pit Chamnan, Vice-Chairman of the Committee for the Development of Red Cross Youth and Volunteers, reported the achievements and challenges of CRCY activities for 2015 to the meeting. Additionally, he linked these activities to the seven Principles and four core sectors of the Cambodian Red Cross Vision 2011-2020.

In her keynote address, Samdech Kittipritth-bindit Bun Rany Hun Sen stressed that as the Cambodian Red Cross President, she can assure all participants that the CRC will always support the youth, but the youth must be willing to get involved with social activities. She further explained that we must

take certain steps in 2016. First, we must continue to strengthen the capacity of Cambodian youth. We must encourage them to become peer educators, and to study hard during this period of educational reform. We must train the Cambodian Red Cross Youth to be role models for all Cambodian youth, especially in regards to humanitarian efforts on all levels of society.

Second, we must continue to urge youth ac-tion by creating more opportunities for young people to participate in providing sustainable humanitarian services to national communities. Third, we must strengthen solidarity and cooperation with other youth organizations to better mobilize humanitarian efforts inside and outside the country. Four, all Cambodian Red Cross Youth members must learn how to use information technology, and help to promote this understanding.

Last, Samdech Kittipritthbindit Bun Rany Hun Sen presented Certi?cates of Appreciation to the advisors of the Cambodian Red Cross Youth clubs from 25 provinces and higher education institutions in recognition of their hard work and commitment to providing humanitarian services across Cambodia.



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UC Donates $7,000 USD to Bopha Children’s Hospital


By: Mr. Kao Kim Panya, Representative of H.E. Dr. Kao Kim Hourn

On February 24th, 2016, at 2:20pm, Mr. Kao Kim Panya, representative of H.E. Dr. Kao Kim Hourn, Founder, Chairman of the Board of Trustees and President of The University of Cambodia, and Lok Chum Teav Khem Rany, Vice President for General Affairs and Member of the Board of Trustees of The University of Cambodia, led a delegation of UC staff to deliver a $7,000 USD (seven thousand US dollars) donation to Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospital in Phnom Penh.

Mr. Kao Kim Panya informed Dr. Dennise Laurent, Vice President of Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospital, that this is the ?rst time The University of Cambodia has appropriated a large budget to help Kantha Bopha Hospital, and that the University will continue to do so in the coming years. The University of Cambodia is committed to providing humanitarian services as an additional contribution to society, especially to the Cambodian people and children who are suffering from various diseases and other medical issues.

Dr. Dennise Laurent, expressed, on behalf of Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospital, gratitude and sincere thankfulness to The University of Cambodia for devoting a portion of their budget to help save the lives of precious children in Cambodia. He noted that this humanitarian act is priceless. Dr. Dennise Laurent stated that the funds received from donors are used to purchase the best quality medicine in order to treat children’s illnesses safely and effectively. On the other hand, he also said that since 2012, Kantha Bopha Hospital has been receiving funding from all sources, both domestic and international, and the hospital requests and welcomes all kinds of charity and donations.

Finally, The University of Cambodia delegation took photos together with the Kantha Bopha Hospital representatives; the event ended at 2:45 pm on the same day.


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