Associate Professor Diep Seiha.
Build Bright University
Phnom Penh Center, Sothearos Boulevard, Sangkat Tonle Basac, Khan Chamkar Morn.
Tel: 012 63 46 46 / 023 987 700
What does it offer?
Build Bright University (BBU) is one of the largest and leading private universities in Cambodia, with eight study centres nationwide, in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, Ratanakkiri, Battambang, Takeo, Banteay Meanchey and Strung Treng provinces.
There are six faculties in BBU: Business Management, Tourism and Hospitality, Science and Technology, Engineering and Architecture, Education and Languages, Law and Social Science.
These faculties cater to students doing associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees, with courses offered throughout the year in morning, afternoon, evening and weekend sessions.
The most popular faculty is Business Management, offering majors in business administration, accounting and finance, banking and finance, marketing, general management, program and project development management, hospitality business management, and business information technology.
Running the Show
Associate Professor Diep Seiha graduated with a bachelor's degree in business management in Cambodia in 1995 and a master's degree in the same major in Italy in 2000. In 2003, he was vice rector of BBU and became director in 2008.
There are more than 700 professors in BBU and more than 300 officers. Before they become professors, candidates are interviewed by university committee staff, tested on teaching, and evaluated by students. They must have three years experience for an undergraduate professor and five years experience for a graduate school professor.
Chhim Vanna, 22, 3rd-year student:
"I like the management in this university because when the students have problem, they help us to solve the problem.
All the students have both a consultant and health service, and they especially help the poor students to have a chance to study."
Pich Yanika, 23, 4th-year student:
"I have just graduated from Build Bright University, and I have found a job already. I think this university is good, both its management and its professors. They have enough experience and specific skills in the subject they teach that it was easy for me to understand."
Students who want to study at BBU must have a high school certificate or a diploma.
Each program of study concludes with a written examination. If they fail, candidates are entitled to redo the exam. Students who fail twice for undergraduate or once for postgraduate must restart the course. Strict procedures are followed for exams with participation of the Quality Assurance Bureau.
Fees, scholarships and grants
The yearly cost for an associate degree is US$360, bachelor's degree is $460, master's degree $850 and doctorate degree $1500. BBU gives scholarships to 100-200 students per year, to poor or isolated people and women. Outstanding students have a chance to work in the university. All students have insurance.
Almost all students find work aftergraduating from BBU, and around 80 percent of students in year three and four get jobs. More than 65 percent work in the private sector, with the rest finding government or NGO work.
Build Bright University will build a big study center in Phnom Penh and big campuses in Kandal, Kampong Cham and Kampot province and others in response to the increasing enrolments. Now there are more than 30,000 students. BBU has plans to expand into the rural areas in order that the students in those areas have the chance to study without the extra financial burden of coming to study in the city.