Book Donations Expand UC Library

The University of Cambodia would like to give special thanks to Dr. Rikhi Thakral of the Thakral Group of Companies for his generous support in the garnering and donation of 1,900 books and 505 magazines to the Toshu Fukami Library. The books were provided courtesy of the National University of Singapore, Mr. Teo Jing Kok, Mr. Koh Say Choon and Mr. Eric Sim.

Also, thank you to Mr. Graeme Priestly, a former instructor in the Center for English Studies, for his donation of 32 books to the Toshu Fukami Library.

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CAMBODIA’S YOUNGEST WRITER

Noun Pichsoudeny, 18, is one of the University of Cambodia’s Samdech Techo Hun Sen “Vision 100”scholarship students and has spent time to provide an interview to the Cambodia Weekly on February 11. The youngest novel writer in Cambodia was born in 1989 in Pailin and has one sister and one brother. She is now studying Economics at the University of Cambodia (UC).   Pichsoudeny is well-known as the youngest student writer in the Kingdom of Cambodia after her four novels were published and bought by many readers. The books continue to be sold at book shops throughout the country.   “I have read Khmer novels, short stories and magazines since I was 7 years old. I have probably read over three 300 books so far,” she said.   Pichsoudeny continued that from 2006 until 2008, she had written a total of six novels four of which have been published and a further two novels awaiting publication.   “I was able to write novels and other short stories since grade six at Primary School in Pailin because I learned my basic skills from veteran Khmer writers,” she said, her smiles indicative of happy reading memories.  The young writer said the four novels published include Star Rises at Noon, My Island My Love, The Heart Competition, and The Love Shade near Rancor Fire. They are all sentimental love stories with a didactic theme for a readership of older youths and adults.   The books were published by Banteay Srei Publishers, a private publishing company in Phnom Penh and are available from the usual outlets, according to Pichsoudeny.   “I became a qualified writer in 2006 upon publication of my first title The Star Rises at Noon. I intend to write more novels for publication to encourage more readers and promote literary awareness in Cambodia,” she added.   “I became a qualified writer in 2006 upon publication of my first title The Star Rises at Noon. I intend to write more novels for publication to encourage more readers and promote literary awareness in Cambodia,” she added Her two unpublished books include Nisai Phka Tep (The Angel Flower’s Fate) and Lbaeng Chet Lbech Apia Pipia (The Heart Gambling, the Wedding Trick). She said the two stories would be available soon.   She is also able to write poems for the Hun Sen Krong Tep Nimeth High School in Pailin. She is now a Member of the Khmer Writers’ Association and she has been working with Amara Publishing.   Referring to her studies, Pichsoudeny said she studied at the Hun Sen Krong Tep Nimeth High School in Pailin, earning a Baccalaureate in 2008.   Pichsoudeny said that she applied to study economics at the University of Cambodia following the introduction of the Samdech Techo Hun Sen “Vision 100”scholarship in 2008.   “I am now a novel writer but my dream is to be a banker and economist,” she said. “I am happy because I passed the scholarship exams. I will study hard to reach my Bachelor degree goal. I will then continue to study for Master’s and Doctoral degrees with the University of Cambodia,” she added.   Regarding her writings and publications, she will continue to write on different topics to promote literary education in Cambodia.   “My dreams have come true so far. Once I have achieved success in my career, I will then return to writing until I can no longer lift a pen,” she said. “If I have played a small part in increasing appreciation for Cambodia’s literary culture, then I will be content.”   Cheng Kuysieng, Senior Editor of Amara Publishers, founded in early January 2009, noted that Pichsoudeny is the youngest writer in the company.   “I started working with Pichsoudeny in 2008 and quickly noted her clever style and capacity for hard work,” she said during an interview with the Cambodia Weekly.   The Senior Editor said that despite her tender age, Pichsoudeny is capable of writing many additional novels and is a valuable human resource addition to the Khmer Writers’ Association and Amara Publishers.   Prum Thida Vattey, 19, a fi rst year student of the National University of Management and personal friend to Pichsoudeny said that she appreciated Pichsoudeny’s literary skills.   “I have known Noun Pichsoudeny for two years when she was studying with me at Hun Sen Krong Tep Nimeth High School in Pailin. She is a brave young girl and very gentle and friendly,” she told the Cambodia Weekly.   Thida Vattey continued, “Pichsoudeny was the outstanding student in my class. I am very proud to know her. I hope that she will become a successful writer or economist for Cambodia. I wish her all success in future.” (CW)

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Press Conference on the Samdech Techo Hun Sen’s Vision-100 Scholarships

Phnom Penh, 18 August 2008: The University of Cambodia will convene a press conference on Tuesday, August 19, 2008, starting at 2:30 p.m., at the conference room of the University of Cambodia in Phnom Penh.  The press conference will provide a full briefing on Samdech Techo Hun Sen’s Vision-100 Scholarships for outstanding high school students who will be pursuing their university study this year.

The Samdech Techo Hun Sen’s Vision-100 Scholarships is a part of The University of Cambodia’s Scholarship Program aiming to reward exceptional students who have academically excelled in their high school studies and who will help promote exceptional human resource development in Cambodia.  The Samdech Techo Hun Sen’s Vision-100 Scholarships will provide100 students full-tuition to pursue their academic studies at the bachelor degree level at The University of Cambodia, the most prestigious university in the country.  

Funded by: Dr.Rikhi Thakral, Executive Director, Thakral Group of Companies, his colleagues, his family, and his friends

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Press Conference on the Samdech Hun Sen-Handa National Scholarships 2008

Phnom Penh, 21 August 2008: The University of Cambodia will convene a press conference on Friday, August 22, 2008, starting at 2:30 p.m.,  at UC Conference Center, Phnom Penh.  The press conference will provide a full briefing on Samdech Hun Sen-Handa National Scholarships 2008 for outstanding high school students who will be pursuing their university study this year.

The Samdech Hun Sen-Handa National Scholarships 2008 is a part of The University of Cambodia’s Scholarship Program aiming to reward exceptional students who have academically excelled in their high school studies and who will help promote exceptional human resource development in Cambodia.  The Samdech Hun Sen-Handa National Scholarships 2008 will provide 500 students full-tuition to pursue their academic studies at the bachelor degree level at The University of Cambodia, the most prestigious university in the country.  

Funded by: Dr. Haruhisa Handa, President and Founder, International Foundation for Arts and Culture, Japan; Chancellor, The University of Cambodia

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Kuch Vireak, University of Cambodia Scholarship Student Studying Economics

Kuch Vireak, 24, one of The University of Cambodia’s “Samdech Techo Hun Sen’s Vision-100 Scholarship” winners in 2007, was interviewed by The Southeast
Asia Weekly on November 26. Vireak was born in 1987 in Serei Sophoan district, Banteay Meanchey province. Vireak has one sister and one brother and he is the youngest in the family. Vireak is now studying Economics at The University of Cambodia (UC) in Phnom Penh after passing the scholarship exams offered by The University of Cambodia in Phnom Penh in 2007.
“I would like to thank Samdech Hun Sen and Dr. Kao Kim Hourn for offering me an opportunity to study Economics with UC without paying money, and I think that if I did not receive their scholarships, I would probably not be able to study with UC,” he said. “Thus, in gratitude to them, I have to study hard and complete
my degree in the next two years. When I complete my studies, I will then work hard for the benefit of my family as well as my country in the future.”
Before Vireak applied for study with UC, he studied at the Samdech Ov High School in Banteay Meanchey province where he earned a Baccalaureate
in 2007. He later applied to study Economics with UC following the introduction of the “Samdech Techo Hun Sen’s Vision-100 Scholarship”
in 2007.
“I have wanted to study since I was in grade 10 at the Samdech Ov High School in Banteay Meanchey province,” he said. “I decided to study Economics with UC because I want to become a future economist or businessman in Cambodia.” Vireak continued to say that when he completes his Bachelor’s degree
y BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEAgoal, he will find work in the private sector or with a non-governmental organization in Phnom Penh in order
to make some money to support his family. He added that after six months or one year working, he will then apply to study for a Master’s Degree with The University of Cambodia in the future.
Vireak emphasized that besides his studies, he is now looking for internships or part-time work with national and international companies or non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Cambodia. He said that he wants an internship so that he can learn about working and other office skills and gain useful experience prior to graduation. Otherwise, he will try to earn money to support his own studies while staying in Phnom Penh.
Speaking about his life in Phnom Penh, Vireak said that he is currently living with a group of four friends who are also from the same province in a rented room in Phnom Penh. He added that he pays a total of US$50 for the room per month.

Ran Sophy, 23, a first-year student
at The Institute of Leadership Management (ILM) in Phnom Penh and a close friend of Kuch Vireak, appreciated Vireak’s hard work. He said that he has known Vireak since 1996 when he was studying with him at the Keap Primary School in Serei Sophoan, Banteay Meanchey province.
Sophy added that Kuch Vireak was a hardworking, friendly, gentle
and helpful student in his class. (SEAW)

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University of Cambodia alumni describe Personas Learning experience

Tong Heng, 27, graduated with a master’s Degree in Public Administration from The university of Cambodia (uC). Heng has been working as a national consultant in juvenile justice since october. Through his work, he is responsible for supporting the technical assistance provided to the Child Justice Working group by uniCeF at the ministry of Justice to finalize Juvenile Justice Draft laws and develop subsidiary legislation to sup

port the law, including legal research, translation, interpretation and law drafting. moreover, he also assists in the development of operational tools for implementing the legislation and aids in the development of training materials and learning aids on juvenile justice.

“both the infrastructure and curriculum are far better than ten years ago. nowadays, students have a variety of choices and can enroll at the educational institutions they prefer,” he said. “Additionally, each institution should do their best to seek jobs or training opportunities for students to have their own practical experience when they graduate. To me, it is one of the most effective ways to build students’ confidence once they graduate.”

Heng gave his personal opinion on the economy, saying that the Cambodian economy is still in progress but just slow in prosperity. recently, Cambodia was offered several billion dollars in loans from China which helped to rehabilitate the national economy.

“i am quite attracted to uC’s vision as well as its slogan in pursuit of knowledge and wisdom, building tomorrow’s leaders,” he highlighted. “All courses are conducted in the english language with Khmer or foreign qualified lecturers, and the curriculum is flexible as uC practices the credit system. moreover, The university of Cambodia is the largest scholarship provider for Cambodian higher education.”

Having Pursued a master’s course, Heng felt that he did his best with the subject of management information Technology (miT). He added that by understanding the concepts of miT, he has given plenty of ideas for improvement in the organization he works for. Hopefully, he says, his proposals will speed up the working process in a positive way.

“i have befriended many people who came from different backgrounds, and up to now we still keep in touch with each other as we were at uC,” Heng said regarding the benefits of socialization while he was a student at uC.

Heng described his future expectations and said that he plans to further his education in Criminal Justice; however, he has not decided where and when to study yet. He enjoys outdoor digital photography, graphic and database design, collecting documentary movies, reading, and swimming in his free time.

last but not least, Heng gave profound advice to all the younger generations of Cambodians, saying: “youth should realize their full potential. you need to have skills if you think you could become talented. Also, you need to work hard by sacrificing yourself to the job that you desire to achieve and be the best at it. second, you need to build good human relations, for you cannot live alone. mutual respect, understanding and equity are the principles that build good human relations and will significantly contribute to your future success. youth are the designers of their destiny and of the society in which they live.”

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