Youth of the week: Ek Pichmony

Youth of the week: Ek Pichmony

120815_08

Ek Pichmony receives a cheque for $3,000. Photograph: Heng Guechly/Phnom Penh Post

Ek Pichmony receives a cheque for $3,000. Photograph: Heng Guechly/Phnom Penh Post

Meet Ek Pichmony, 22, a fifth year student at the Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC).

She’s a major in Chemical Engineering and Food Technology and also a term 9 student at University of Cambodia, majoring in English Literature.

She won a scholarship to both universities after proving herself as an outstanding physics student in school. Now she is known for her hard work at ITC and UC.

She has been in Vietnam for the past week taking part in a summer camp in Danang organized by the Agency of Francophone Universities. She’s also going to Japan later this year to take part in a conference on air pollution and waste management.

Last year, she was named as one of the top ten in the National SME Business Plan Competition 2011, organized by Pannasastra University of Cambodia for her idea to use Moringa powder as a tea and food supplement. Her work even took her to Ghana, Africa, for the International Development Design Summit, organized by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

In 2009 she won a scholarship of US$200 from the French Embassy and was awarded a silver medal in the debating championships at UC. She was also invited to take part in a debate forum about wild life in Cambodia at TVK, organized by the Ministry of Environment.

The next year she was selected to participate in the University Summer Camp in Nha Trang Vietnam, organized by Agency of Francophone Universities.

Despite all her success, she almost gave up her studies at the start. Faced with difficult work, she was tempted to move back to her hometown in Battambang province.

“I used to think I wanted to give up the study. But then I thought, as I tried so hard to get the scholarship, I had better try my best to finish my bachelor degree.”

She has even bigger aspirations for the future.

“In the future, I want to be a consultant of food quality and food safety for food industries as well as a lecturer at ITC.”

MOST VIEWED

  • Proof giants walked among us humans?

    For years a debate has waged about whether certain bas relief carvings at the 12th-century To Prohm Temple, one of the most popular attractions at the Angkor Wat Temple Complex in Siem Reap province, depicted dinosaurs or some rather less exotic and more contemporary animal,

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Long way to go before Cambodia gets a ‘smart city’

    Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang will struggle to attain smart city status without adopting far reaching master plans, according to officials tasked with implementing the program. The brainchild of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the smart city program seeks to link up

  • Japan bank buys major stake in ANZ Royal Bank

    Japan's largest bank acquired more than half of ANZ’s shares in Cambodia on Thursday, according to a statement from Kith Meng’s Royal Group. Japan's JTrust Bank, announced that they had acquired a 55% of stake in ANZ Royal Bank. According to a Royal Group