Sunday, May 17, 2009

Scholarship Student Aims for Doctoral Degree in Economics

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

Kong Vong Seih Sothy, 18, one of The University of Cambodia’s Samdech Hun Sen-Handa National Scholarship students has 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 officer, 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 fluency, 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 flexibility 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 qualification 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 final 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 sacrifices I make now will be well worth it when I can show future employers my qualifications. With a little extra application, 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 difficulty reaching his goals.

Korm Vannary, 18, a first- 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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