Photo by: SOVANN PHILONG
Students at the National University of Management campus.
From the halls of the
The National University of Management
Ty Lalin, 21, third-year economics and business student:
"I have given great thought to choosing the right university, and I have chosen to study here because its educational quality is broadly recognised. Studying here I believe the university can give me real knowledge and a good chance of obtaining a job after I graduate. I have decided to study economics and business courses because my family are retailers."
Mon Sothy, 23, fourth year student:
"I think the university has many good points. I think it stands proudly amongst the other universities, and it is good that that the institution is a combination of state and private. The degree I will obtain here is recognised by many institutions, and I see that many of my fellow students are very confident in this university, its quality and its reputation."
What is it?
The National University of Management (NUM) was established in 1983 as the Economics Science Institute. It was renamed the Faculty of Business in the 1990s and took on its current name in 2004.
It has six faculties: economics; accounting and finance; hospitality and tourism; management; law; and IT. It also has a foreign language centre.
The university has 4,937 students enrolled for the 2008-09 academic year, including 167 studying towards a PhD. It also has more than 700 students attending courses at its Battambang campus, where it offers a full bachelor of business administration degree program.
Running the show
Rector Iv Thong has been head of the school since it opened in 1983. He has worked in education since 1968 when he took a job as a primary school teacher. He worked hard to earn himself a position as a trainer at the National Pedagogy School and later became a state school lecturer. He took a break from teaching to enter the NGO world before taking on the position of NUM rector.
The university has 84 lecturers, each of whom must have a master's degree or higher to teach.
Students must hold a high school diploma to be accepted to a bachelor's degree program. Those wishing to study for a master's degree must hold a bachelor's degree, and those wishing to study towards a PhD must complete their master's program.
Fees, scholarships and grants
A four-year bachelor's degree costs $360 per year. A two-year master's degree costs $1,500 in total and a three-year PhD program $4,500.
NUM accepts 400 full scholarship students every year; 50 are granted scholarships by the government, 50 by Prime Minister Hun Sen, and the rest are paid for by the university.
Onwards and upwards
Between 70 and 80 percent of NUM graduates reportedly secure jobs on leaving university each year. Although most of the graduates from NUM go on to work in the banking sector, others find work in companies such as Total, the rubber industry and in hotels, which have a high demand for graduates to fill accounting and management positions.
National University of Management
Corner of Monivong Boulevard and Street 96
Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Tel: 855 (0) 23 428 120/ 12 222 839