Ladies and Gentlemen,
I have a great honor and pleasure today to participate in the graduation ceremony and inauguration of new school building in the Royal University of Law and Economics Science.
On behalf of the Royal Government of Cambodia and myself, may I express my sincere thanks and appreciations to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport and especially to the national and foreign professors, civil servants, staffs and all the students of the Royal University of Law and Economics Science who have made tremendous efforts to successfully fulfill their roles and obligation in developing human resources for the right cause of rehabilitation and development of Cambodia at the present and in the future.
At the same time, I would like to express my happiness and admiration to all the 777 new graduates of Bachelor Degree in Law and Economics Science and also those of the Associated Degree in Accounting who have worked very hard to successfully overcome all the challenges faced their long period of study. At this graduation, you are awarded with a degree you deserve for, which testifies the results of your academic achievements.
Taking this opportunity, on behalf of the Royal Government and the people of Cambodia as well as my own self, through H.E. Yvon Roé d’Albert, the Ambassador of France to the Kingdom of Cambodia, let me profoundly and genuinely thank the Government and the people of France for helping finance this new school building. It will indeed contribute to the strengthening and expanding of basic infrastructure in the Royal University of Law and Economics Science. This will indeed promote greater responsibility in developing “intellectual resources”, — which is a necessary factor for a nation heading towards regional and world integration in this 21st century. Furthermore, I also would like to express my gratitude to partner countries for their corporation and support, as well as to other donors who have been providing quality and sustained support to the operation and function of the University in the past and in the future.
According to the opening remarks by H.E. Im Sothy, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, and the University Director’s Report taking stock of the university training and development progress, I am proud to see that we have transformed this place into a most effective training center of law and economics, which is the fundamental knowledge endowing the development of a nation in the future.
In addition to this university, we have many other public and private universities, colleges, institutes, and high education training centers, which are partners in developing intellectual resources and become pillars and main players in the promotion of Cambodia economic and social development towards future prosperity.
In this sense, RGC considers the reform of education sector as a top priority for the causes of high quality human resource development. This will be done through strengthening basic education and quality of teaching that is consistent with the systematic and broader national economic development framework. The RGC has recognized that strengthening of education system and developing of human resources, with required quality and high qualification, are very important in order to improve and build up basic knowledge, that is one of the components which could help enable Cambodia to efficiently and effectively compete with other partners in the region and the world, as they are aggressively moving forward in this modern world of regionalization and globalization.
Indeed, our economy can enjoy sound progress only if we have many talent and qualified intellectual resources, combined with the effective use and management of the resource. Hence, it is necessary to create favorable environment for developing intellectual resources and its appropriate management, as a motto says “Want maximum productivity? See how wisely you use people to their function, skills and talent.”
Moreover, the Royal Government has given priority to the development of education, supporting human resource training and poverty reduction strategy, — by focusing on good education, which would in turn ensure qualified human resource and good professional practices for the development of our country. However, a country’s abundant human resource would not assure the development unless the human resource is qualified and equipped with high professional conducts. We can put it in another word that: “knowledge and moral are the dual currents and quality necessarily embodied in every human-being”.
Concurrently with the above need, in order to achieve the objective and vision for today and future implementation we need to assure “the quality of training and job creation awarding to diploma bearers”. In reality, in order to solve these two problems we must not only arrange training programs and content to respond to the country’s socio-economic progress, but we also need to prepare training programs to respond to labor market needs. At the same time, we are also aware of guaranteed quality, comparably equivalent to regional and international standards. All these are the factors affecting the education and training quality in all the economy’s sectors, both on the production and distribution sides.
Indeed, quality of education and training is determined by many factors in which professors, teachers, students, educational establishments and management are the points of focus. But at the same time, we also need to accord more focus on parents and society that are the education partners of educational establishments. Moreover, education programs and principles are also the essential factors which require good implementation. This means good connection between theory and practices and association between training and operational internship in various institutions, factories, enterprises and production units. Meanwhile, through these operational internships, we would provide our students with opportunities in figuring our sources of jobs by showing and highlighting their qualification, talent and good professional conducts. Nevertheless, the main source of job creation that we can never overlook is economic reform in order to transform our weak agriculture to a modern, agro-industry and processing industry through the efforts in boosting development in the four priority actions that are “roads, water, electricity and qualified human resource”.
All the above factors are my stressing points for all sectors and educational institutions to take into consideration for their planning preparation and objective determination with more accuracy and successful achievement.
For you all, dear graduates, may I appeal to you to take the knowledge gained from training at the university and use it for your own benefit and that of your family and society both in the situation where you search for a job or you continue to further your study. At the same time, you should remember that “knowledge, experience and attitudes are the three angles which provide mutual supports and enforcement and cannot exist without one another”. This is the good quality that you should bear in mind, in order to contribute to the protection, construction and development of our country, with the view of rules of law and prosperity strengthened by assuring independence, peace, liberty and sovereignty. All these are the honorable goals of our people and that are the righteous ideas of His Majesty the King Norodom Sihanouk and Her Majesty the Queen Norodom Monineath.
For the Royal University of Law and Economics, may I appeal for your efforts in assuring continuity, expending the scope of training programs, strengthening equipments, intensifying management and good governance in order to enhance quality in trainings. All these are to further strengthen the university reputation and also to contribute to the establishment of dynamic knowledge resource for the development of our nation.
At the same time, I would like to appreciate for and feel very proud of the achievement, the valuable grant by the Republic of France, with the total value of more than 300,000 USD. In this occasion, let me once again express my gratitude to the people and government of France and to Your Excellency Ambassador. I am convinced that this new building would be managed and used to contribute to the improvement of quality in human resource training.
Finally, may I wish you all, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, the five gems of Buddhist blessings.
For the cause of education and intellectual capital development for the development of Cambodia now and in the future, may I declare the opening of this new building of the University of Law and Economics.