I would like to inform and reassure Michael Hansen (June 23) that the Centre for Khmer Studies (CKS) in Siem Reap is not threatened with closure or even downsizing.
In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.
CKS, with the generous support of its donors and sponsors, has recently strengthened its commitment to promoting Khmer and Southeast Asian studies through a programme of expansion.
The construction of a new research and library facility is due to be completed this November at the centre's Siem Reap headquarters situated in Wat Damnak.
The new facility will provide space and resources for local, national and international researchers, including study carrels and a seminar room, all with Wi-Fi access.
The library will have the capacity to hold up to 20,000 books and other research materials.
It will operate alongside the existing CKS library, which is frequently full to capacity with local readers and researchers.
It is precisely because of the popularity among users that CKS decided to expand its facilities.
I would be delighted, therefore, if Michael Hansen and anyone else interested in the work we do, would come and visit the centre in Siem Reap to see for themselves the exciting new developments taking place there.
I am also available and happy to talk about CKS-related matters at any time, especially to potential new donors and sponsors.
Chief Operating Officer and Acting Director, The Centre for Khmer Studies, Siem Reap
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