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Fulbright success

The Editor,

Cambodian Fulbright scholars are achieving remarkable success in their graduate

studies at some of the top universities in the United States, including such Ivy

League universities as Yale, Cornell and Columbia.

For example, Chim Guanghui, a graduate of the Bachelor of Education program at Phnom

Penh University, has just been given an award as the "Outstanding Foreign Student

of the Year" by Phi Beta Delta at the University of Kansas, where he is studying

for an MA in Asian Studies. He also appeared as a panelist at a conference commemorating

the 50th anniversary of the Fulbrights.

Dr Sen Sovann, a veterinarian from the Royal University of Agriculture who is studying

epidemology at Louisiana State, was recently awarded the Institute of International

Education's Holland Award of $2,500 to carry out research on poultry diseases back

in Cambodia.

Eighteen Cambodians have been awarded Fulbright scholarships since the competition

resumed in 1994.

The following students went to the United States in 1994, and are completing their

degrees this year: Heng Samnang (MA, East Asian Studies, Yale); Son Sopheak (MS,

Organic Chemistry, Cornell); Or Vandine (MPH, Public Health, Yale); May Tum (MPH,

Public Health, Hawaii); Meach Sophana (MA, Journalism, New York); Sen Sovann (MS,

Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State); Ouch Chamroen (MA, International Relations,

Ohio); Sok Sarabudh (MA, Agricultural Econmics, Oklahoma State).

The following students went to the US in 1995 and have completed one year of study

toward their degrees: Sim Sorya (MA, International Relations, Yale); Keo Rottanak

(MA, Applied Linguistics, Columbia); Poch Bunnak (MA, Social Psychology, Mississippi

State); Sin Sovith (PhD, Agronomy, Iowa State); Chim Guanghui (MA, East Asian Studies,

Kansas).

Despite funding constraints, this valuable program is continuing in Cambodia, and

the following Cambodians will begin their studies as Fulbright scholars in 1996:

Khin Vuthy (MPA, Public Administration, Northern Illinois); Hay Thavrak (MA, Applied

Linguistics, Ball State); Kheav Oun (MS, Biochemistry, institution yet to be determined);

Peng Kong (BA, International Relations, institution yet to be determined); Net Neath

(BS, Microbiology, institution yet to be determined).

US Ambassador Kenneth Quinn said that the record to Cambodian Fulbright scholars

in the US illustrates their resourcefulness and determination to succeed. He said

that the US is very pleased to be able to contribute in this important way to the

uplifting of Cambodia's most precious resource - its people.

- Franklin E. Huffman, Director of the US Information Service, Phnom Penh.

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