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
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,
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.