Each year, the US State Department sponsors a six-week Professional Fellows Program, which brings in 220 people from 44 countries to learn more about economic empowerment, legislation, governance and media. VOA Khmer's Im Sothearith reports on this year's program.
Recent graduate Touch Mengheng is optimistic about using the knowledge and skills he obtained from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to improve the medical field in Cambodia. In an interview with VOA Khmer’s Im Sothearith, he discussed his plans for Cambodian medicine and his own future.
Hoeurn Samnieng, a Cambodian monk and recent Harvard graduate, says his experience at the university helped him broaden his mind and expand a professional network. He sat down with VOA Khmer’s Im Sothearith to discuss his next steps, as he seeks to help disadvantaged children with food and education.
Better social development in Cambodia will require more education and volunteer work from the country’s young people, a youth ambassador says. Preung Sokun Osaphea, a representative of the US ambassador’s Youth Council, told “New Voices” on Monday that tomorrow’s leaders and professionals need to prepare today. (Im Sothearith, Washington)
An increase in the number of universities in Cambodia's rural provinces is providing more opportunities for higher education and employment. VOA Khmer's Im Sothearith discusses the capability of such universities to reduce poverty in rural communities with Phan Kiera, president of Pannasastra University in Siem Reap.
Cambodia continues to see fewer female students than male, but in Phnom Penh, one organization hopes to change that. The US-based Harpswell Foundation runs two of the country’s female dorms, in an effort to encourage young women to attend university. The dorms were built in 2006, and since then have provided a place for young women to stay, as well as leadership training and other opportunities. VOA Khmer’s Soeung Sophat speaks with Harpswell alumni now visiting Washington about their experiences and challenges in higher education.
The parents of some 300 students in Kampong Cham province are calling for the release of jailed Beehive Radio owner Mam Sonando, who had been raising funds to build a school in their village before his arrest in July. Mam Sonando, 71, owns Beehive Radio, which broadcasts Voice of America programming, and is the head of a civic group called the Association of Democrats. He is widely considered innocent of charges related to fomenting a secessionist movement in Kratie province last year, charges that rights groups say came only after he publicly criticized Prime Minister Hun Sen. (Sok Khemera, VOA Khmer)