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American University of Phnom Penh: The leading center of academic excellence in Cambodia

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American University of Phnom Penh: The leading center of academic excellence in Cambodia

With its vision to be a leading academic center of excellence in Cambodia and Asia, the American University of Phnom Penh (AUPP) is the only university providing internationally recognized US accredited programs to students in Cambodia. In partnership with the University of Arizona (UA), students are offered the opportunity to earn Bachelor's and Master's degrees provided by US professors on location in Cambodia.

AUPP hires highly qualified and experienced faculty. Ninety percent of faculty hold Ph.D.'s from American and other western universities and have extensive university-level teaching experience. The faculty members have been trained in interactive and collaborative pedagogy and are committed to helping students, starting in their freshman year onwards, to discover their talents, strengthen their abilities, and become confident leaders.

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The University of Arizona (UA) is one of the most prestigious universities in the US and in an effort to make US degrees available to students who would not otherwise be able to go to the US. AUPP has partnered with UA, offering various dual degree programs for students in Cambodia. The partnership with AUPP is the first UA micro-campus agreement in Southeast Asia which has been approved by the Higher Leaning Commission in the US. The University of Arizona maintains a physical presence on the campus of AUPP so that students, faculty, and staff have an in-person liaison with the UA's main campus that helps administer the three UA dual degrees on site. Importantly, these are not online degrees; students are learning course content in person from both UA and AUPP professors.

Students enrolling in the AUPP/UA dual degree can earn both an AUPP degree and an internationally recognized UA degree in Business Administration, Law, or Civil Engineering. These majors were selected by AUPP because of UA's high rankings in each discipline, and are offered in a hybrid learning environment.

The UA's Eller College of Management is in the top 10 of US public university business schools, and the Business Administration major is currently the most popular option at AUPP.

The Eller College is well known for experiential learning and for its wide ranging network of alumni.

Students in this program will, upon graduation, join the worldwide business network of Eller alums and have opportunities to pursue further education through the UA.

The UA's James E. Rogers College of Law is in the top 50 law schools in the US, and was the first US university to offer a BA in Law. The College of Law's rigorous and high quality curriculum is in demand both in the US and internationally. Students in the dual degree will lean both the civil and common law systems, allowing them to work in the legal field for both domestic and international organizations, companies, and firms.

Finally, the College of Engineering at the UA, which is ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accredited and has professors actively engaged in Southeast Asia, plans to pursue accreditation for the Civil Engineering dual degree program at AUPP so that graduates will earn an internationally recognized engineering credential.

These programs are set up so that students are learning from the same highly qualified and experienced professors as they would if they studied on the UA's main campus in the US. All graduates of the AUPP/UA dual degree programs will be able to work locally, regionally, or internationally as well as pursue further education opportunities in the United States, Australia, Europe, and other parts of Asia.

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The students attending AUPP have a strong desire to improve Cambodia and to make a mark on its development. They are bright, and are drivers of change. They come from all over Cambodia, with an increasing number from countries in the region. On May 16. 2017. AUPP celebrated its first graduation ceremony. Since then, 60% of their graduates have gone on to do their Masters in the U.S. and Australia (with 66% of them acquiring either Full or Partial scholarships), and the rest have gone on to pursue their professional careers. Also in the past few months AUPP's students have shown class and intellectual prowess by winning various national and international business competitions. Some of the competitions that the students have come on top were as follows:

• CIMB Stock Challenge Competition 2016
• BMC Startup Accelerator 2017
• Cellcard Lab 2017
• SmartStart Young Innovator Program 2017
• May bank Go Ahead Challenge 2017

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AUPP is now conditionally admitting students for the Fall (October) semester 2017. Students don't have to wait till the declaration date of the National High School results to apply anymore. They can now book a spot to study in the most prestigious university in Cambodia and avoid the September admission rush. Application materials include a High School Diploma and an IELTS or TOEFL score.

The majors offered at AUPP are as follows:
1. Bachelor of Science in Business
2. Bachelor of Arts in Law
3. Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
4. Bachelor of Business Administration in Tourism & Hospitality Management
5. Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Management
6. Bachelor of Fine Arts in interior Design
7. Bachelor of Arts in Architecture
8. Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs


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