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Cambodian Ambassador’s Visit to Nagoya University

February 19th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Upon invitation of Cambodian Students Association in Nagoya, CSAN, with assistance of Associate Professor Kong Teilee, a Cambodian professor working at Nagoya University, and under cooperation with Center for Asian Legal Exchange (CALE) of Graduate School of Law (GSL) of Nagoya University (NU), on February 18, 2009, His Excellency Mr. Hor Monirath, new Cambodian ambassador to Japan, accompanied by his Second Secretary Mr. Lao Soksamphea paid a approximately two-hour visit to Nagoya University. The purpose of the visit was to pay courtesy to leaders of NU and to understand the situation of Cambodian students currently studying in NU.

During the visit, Mr. Ambassador and his secretary were guided by assistant professor NGOV Penghuy, a Cambodian working at NU, on a campus tour to see some faculties where many Cambodian students are doing their undergraduate and graduate (master and doctor) courses, such as Graduate School of Law, Graduate School of International Development, Graduate School of Economics, etc. and the main Library of NU. During the campus tour, Mr. Ambassador had chance to meet with Associate Professor OKUDA Saori, International Students Advisor to GSL. Professor OKUDA expressed her excitement towards the visit of Mr. Ambassador and briefly informed how hard Cambodian students have been putting their commitment towards their academic lives. In return, Mr. Ambassador expressed his sincere gratitude, through Professor OKUDA, to Nagoya University for every single assistance towards Cambodia and continuous supports for Cambodian students in Nagoya.

After the end of the campus tour, Mr. Ambassador was guided to the meeting room of CALE where CALE officials and tens of Cambodian students were anxiously waiting to cheerfully greet his presence.

In a welcome remark, Ms. Emi MAKINO, assistant professor of CALE, noted that the presence of Mr. Ambassador proved the long-lasting friendship and cooperation between Nagoya University and universities in Cambodia, especially that of Graduate School of Law and its counterpart in Cambodia.

Following this welcome remark, Mr. Masaki NAKAMURA, assistant professor of CALE, reported briefly about the activities of CALE in cooperation with Royal University of Law and Economics (RULE) in Cambodia and the recent establishment of Nihon Hou Kyouiku Senta (Japanese Legal Education Center) in RULE and the importance of the establishment thereof. As part of this introduction, CALE launched a live TV conference to show Mr. Ambassador the latest technology equipped in the center for such cooperation activities. Through this live TV conference, Mr. Ambassador had opportunity to talk with Cambodian first year students who were by then taking class in Japanese Legal Education Center in RULE in Cambodia.

In the end of this official meeting with officials of Nagoya University, Professor Kazutaka SUGIURA, Dean of Graduate School of Law of Nagoya University, expressed a warm welcome to Mr. Ambassador, and reported to him the supporting activities of NU to Cambodia through academic programs, and that Nagoya University plans to increase number of potential and dynamic foreign students up to 3,000 by 2020, and that there will be more Cambodian students to be among this number. Professor SUGIURA expressed to Mr. Ambassador the hope that in ten or twenty years, the Cambodian students currently studying in Nagoya University as well as those in other universities in Japan will accumulate some important roles in government to help develop Cambodia.

In return, Mr. Ambassador expressed profound thanks to Nagoya University for its contribution to human resources development in Cambodia through these academic programs, and suggested that Nagoya University continue this support for the sake of the development of Cambodia and the everlasting bond of friendship between Japan and Cambodia.

After this formal meeting with officials of NU, Excellency Mr. Hor Monirath had a short friendly talk with Cambodian students, company’s employee and staffs of Nagoya University.

Ms. Ngim Sokrachany, vice-President of CSAN, reported to Mr. Ambassador the number of Cambodian students currently studying in Aichi prefecture, types of scholarship they have been receiving and their respective majors, the number of students expected to graduate this coming March and the number of students who have lately been admitted to PhD courses.

After listening to the report, Mr. Ambassador encouraged all Cambodian students and staffs to continue putting efforts and commitment towards studying as well as working so as to build up the prestigious image for Cambodia as a whole.

To conclude the event, Mr. Sim Piseth, Secretary General of CSAN, on behalf of CSAN members, expressed heartfelt gratitude towards Mr. Ambassador and his secretary for taking busy time to visit Cambodian students, and that such visit will not only prove that Cambodians living in Nagoya are under care of the Cambodian Embassy, but the visit has built up the better reputation for Cambodians here as whole

Reported by: Senera SAR

Co-edited by: Nitro PHY and Piseth SIM

Photo by: Nitro PHY

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