Monday, July 5, 2010

“I Want to Become Economic and Political Analyst”

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

One of The University of Cambodia’s “Samdech Techo Hun Sen’s Vision-100 Scholarships 2008”, Nara Sokhema, 18, has provided an interview to The Southeast Asia Weekly on July 2nd, telling about her desire as she wants to become economic and political analyst in the future.

Nara Khema was born in 1991 in Phnom Penh. She has one old sister and she is the youngest in the family. She is now studying Economics at The University of Cambodia (UC) in Phnom Penh after she passed the scholarship exams with UC in Phnom Penh in 2008. She is also studying the International Studies Program (ISP) at the Institute of Foreign Languages.

“I am pleased to pass the UC’s exams and to have the opportunity to study Economics with The University of Cambodia in Phnom Penh. I think that I have been lucky to study Economics at UC which is one of the best qualified universities in Cambodia,” she told the Southeast Asia Weekly.

Sokhema studied at the Preah Sisowath High School in Phnom Penh, and she earned Baccalaureate before applying to study with UC in 2008. She chose Economics at UC following the introduction of the “Samdech Techo Hun Sen’s Vision-100 Scholarships” in 2008.

“I decided to apply for scholarship and study Economics with UC because I know that UC is one of the best and most qualified universities in Cambodia,” she said. “On the other hand, I wanted to become an economic and political analyst in the future,” she added.

Sokhema stated that to complete her study with UC, she now is studying very hard every day. She reads books and other related topics, and also conducts her own research on business and economics. She added when she completes her Bachelor’s Degree, she will then apply for Master Degree to study with The University of Cambodia.

She is now also studying in the third year of the International Studies Program (ISP) at the Institute of Foreign Language (IFL) in Phnom Penh. She decided to study ISP major because she wishes to study the International Studies Program additionally to her Economics subject.

Besides studying with UC and IFL, she is now working as volunteer with three organizations in Phnom Penh. She is voluntary working as Vice-President of the Youth Professional Council in the Khmer Youth and Social Development (KYSD); Core Member of the Initiative of Changes Associations (ICA); and Public Relation Officer working with Sun Youth Camp Alumni (SYCA) in Cambodia.

She added that she decided to apply for voluntarily work with these humanitarian associations because she wants working experience and other skills to gain useful knowledge prior to her graduation.

“I am now happy because I have a good opportunity to choose my study majors with the qualified universities and also having an opportunity to work and helping our youths and social works in order to develop the country,” she said. /

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