Chhun Hok, vice-president of Royal University of Phnom Penh and his delegation visited Yu Quan Lu Campus, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) on the afternoon, Dec. 17th,2018.. Prof. Wu Yueliang, vice-president of UCAS had a meeting with these visitors and signed cooperation agreement between UCAS and Royal University of Phnom Penh.
Prof. Wu Yueliang warmly welcomed the arrival of Chhun Hok, vice-president of Royal University of Phnom Penh and other members and introduced the history of postgraduate education of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the advantage of department and institution integration mode of UCAS. He predicted the exciting opportunities in the future that UCAS will get better development with the facility of Huairou Science District, the vision of the international science and technology innovation talent education and actions UCAS will take in the context of The Belt and Road. Prof. Wu Yueliang said that China and Cambodia are good neighbors and Chinese Academy of Sciences has established actual relationship of cooperation and communication with science and education institutions in Cambodia. He added that UCAS, with the assistance of advanced technologies from Chinese Academy of Sciences, closely cooperates with other research institutions to develop talents in science and technology for the countries along the routes. Therefore the cooperation in science and education between UCAS and Royal University of Phnom Penh has a promising future.
Chhun Hok thanked for the reception from UCAS and the contribution China has made to the development of economy, society and education of Cambodia. He said in fluent Chinese that he had studied in China with the finance support from China Scholarship Council. He believed the strength of UCAS in scientific researches and education, sincerely expected that the two universities will undertake further academic exchange and cooperation and hoped that more Cambodian students study in UCAS.
After the meeting, both sides signed Memorandum of Understanding Between University of Chinese Academy of Sciences and Royal University of Phnom Penh.
Prof. Meak Kamerane, president of Faculty of Science, Royal University of Phnom Penh, Prof. Chey Thavy, dean of Chemistry Department, Prof. Chea Eliyan, deputy director of Department of Environment Science, Mr. Toch Pheakdey, deputy director of Office of International Relations, researcher Wang Dongsheng, director of State Key Laboratory of Environmental Aquatic Chemistry, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, CAS, Lian Jing, deputy director of Education Department, Prof. Wu Desheng, vice-president of International College, UCAS and Xie Yong, director of International Cooperation Office attended the meeting.
Royal University of Phnom Penh is the oldest and largest university in Cambodia. Established on Jan. 13th, 1960, Royal University of Phnom Penh was once named the Royal Khmer University. In 1968, with the establishment of the Khmer Republic, the Royal Khmer University became the Phnom Penh University. From 1975 to 1979, along with all other educational institutions in Cambodia, Phnom Penh University ceased to function during this period. In 1980, the new government established the Ecole Normale Supérieure aiming at developing excellent high school teachers and meanwhile founded the institute of Foreign Language (IFL) initially training students to become translators and middle school foreign language teachers. In 1988, the Ecole Normale Supérieure merged with the IFL to create “Phnom Penh University”. In 1996, the university underwent its final change of name, becoming “Royal University of Phnom Penh” and this name is continually used today. In the end of 1999, Royal University of Phnom Penh became a member of Asian University Network.
By ZHANG Liyun