Selected Impromptu Comments at the Graduation and Diploma Presenting Ceremony of the Royal University of Phnom Penh

Development Needs Human Resource

It is my pleasure to once again join with all of you to present diplomas for 3,523 graduates of the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP). Since 1988, I have participated 19 times to present diploma in RUPP. I am so delighted to have listened to the report of HE Tith Chamnan in relation to the overall progress made in RUPP. We have all learned that this is the oldest university of the country. It has attracted most students to study here too. The maintenance of such reputation as a state university with quality education standard is a guarantee for future of our students in this and forthcoming generations. I would like to take this opportunity to give my appreciation to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports as well as leaders, rector and vice rectors, professors, staff of RUPP for making efforts in the past for the university to function.

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Selective Impromptu Comments at the Graduation and Diploma Presenting Ceremony for Asia-Europe University [Unofficial Translation]

Human Resource Priority Number One

I am glad to be able to join with all of you in the graduation and diploma presenting ceremony for 1,928 graduates of Bachelors, Masters and Ph D levels. The report really makes me proud of the path taken by Asia-Europe University which started over ten years ago as an organization specialized in skills development and training. It has now become one of the universities with senior professional studies, where there are also enrollments of foreign students. Where are the three Chinese students? I see that they all are female. Among all four priority areas set from the beginning – water, roads, electricity and human resource – human resource has now taken the number one priority position. It has now become the primary angle that we will make investment.

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Address on the Occasion of the Closing of the 2013-2014 Stocktaking and 2014-2015 Direction Setting Conference of the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Distinguished National and International Guests,
Dear Participants!

Today, it is my honor and pleasure to participate in the Closing of the 2013-2014 Stocktaking and 2014-2015 Direction Setting Conference of the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport. At the outset, I would like to congratulate on the best result of the conference, considered as an important annual event of the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport (MoEYS).  Indeed, through this conference, we are able to see not only a proud result that the management and all education officials have achieved, but also an opportunity for all stakeholders to understand and further participate in implementing comprehensive reform program of education sector in the spirit of ensuring our national education sector to be more developed responding to new trends of Cambodia’s Socio-economic situation and global trends.

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Selected Extempore Comments at the Annual Review Conference of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports for the Year 2013/14 and Directive Setting for 2014/15

In addition to the prepared text at the Annual Review Conference of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports for the 2013/14 and Directive Setting for 2014/15, Samdech Techo made some of the extempore comments:

Students with Mentions D or E Can Study Medicine

Though the conference had not discussed this topic and the Royal Government has yet to issue a letter of notification, I have one matter to bring to your attention. I just consulted with concerned institutions on this issue of getting permission to study medicine. Previously, we had set a ceiling that only graduates of A, B and C mentions of the secondary school would be allowed to study medicine. Those with E and D would not. In the context of reform relating to exam taking by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, where exam will be conducted in a strict manner, from now on, we will offer chance for students who would get a D or an E in their mentions to go on to medicine too. Let me affirm, this will apply only with those passed the exam in 2014 and later.

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Selected Impromptu Comments at the Graduation and Diploma Presenting Ceremony of Tertiary and Basic Level French-Khmer Teachers and the Inauguration of the five floor B07 Building

Will South China Sea Issue Be Resolved in Malaysia?

I urge that HE Hang Chuan Naron, Minister for Education, Youth and Sports to review this issue of scholarship to be provided by the US first lady. ASEAN leaders now use my term comparing South China Sea to a hot piece of stone. It is not a hot potato. The difference is the heat in potato, after a while, will recede and people can eat it. As long as the hot stone is concerned here, it will be impossible. Sultan of Brunei and President of Myanmar said maybe Excellency could help bring down the heat of the stone in 2012. I assured them to reach lower temperature or not would depend on those countries involved.

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Selected Impromptu Comments at the Donation of Samdech Techo – Handa Vision 100 Scholarships

Make Efforts for Yourself, Community, Nation

I am so glad to see the progress all of you have made in the University of Cambodia with the development in infrastructure, competence of professors, etc. However, the point of interest here has been the ability for students to find jobs. I mean we need top address a qualified training issue so as to let graduates to be able to either create a job for self-employment or to seek jobs. As the Samdcech Techo-Handa Vision 100 Scholarship Students is provided to students who passed the test I am encouraging you to make your best in your study here.

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Selected Impromptu Comments at the Graduation and Diploma Presentation Ceremony of the Vanda Institute

Most Female Students, Quality Education

I am so glad today to be able to join with all of you once again in presenting diploma for 3,169 graduates of the Vanda Institute. This institute has the most female students. This is what the Royal Government would like to have. When I presided over the inauguration of AEON Supermarket and Mall, I met a number of young employees. They claimed to have graduated from Vanda Institute. In another inauguration ceremony of the Cho Ray Hospital Phnom Penh, accountants working there also told me they graduated from Vanda Institute. This has ascertained the fact presented in the report that among 3,169 students, 2,672 of them have already found their jobs.

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Speech at the 17th Anniversary of the National Cultural Day and the Closing of the National Youth Arts Festival

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Master artists, veteran artists, artists, professors and students, 

Today, it is my pleasure to once again attend the 17th Anniversary of the 3 March National Cultural Day organized under the theme of “Youth for National Culture,” and the closing of the National Youth Arts Festival. The March 3 National Culture Day is a very important national day celebrated for the cause of cultural preservation and promotion. In this spirit, the Royal Government of Cambodia has designated the 3rd of March as National Cultural Day to be celebrated nationwide aimed to boost patriotism and passion for culture among the people from all walks of life both inside and outside the country.

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Speech at the Launch of the National Literacy Campaign 2015

Excellencies, Ladies, Gentlemen,
Distinguished National and International Guests,
Delegates from the Municipal and Provincial Office of Education!

Today, it is my great honor and pleasure to attend the Launching of the National Literacy Campaign 2015.  On behalf of the Royal Government and my own behalf, I would like to congratulate and highly appreciate the efforts made by the management of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport and its officials nationwide, UNESCO as well as development partners who have unanimously consented to launch this National Literacy Campaign 2015 today. This is an important task for us all to continue paying high attention constantly. 

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Selected Extempore Comments at the Graduation and Diploma Presenting Ceremony for Graduates at the Svay Rieng University [Unofficial Translation]

January – The Month of Many Events

I am so happy to come here once again to present diploma to 1,026 graduates of the Svay Rieng University. I am so glad that we are meeting in a good environment and in the month of January, the month that we liberated our land from the genocidal regime of Pol Pot. This month, for me, also noted with many events. Firstly, I got married in January; secondly, we liberated the country and thirdly, my premiership started in this month too. I also have my eldest grandson’s birthday in this month. We also have this graduation and diploma presenting ceremony in January. I was in Tbong Khom to preside over the provincial infrastructural development.

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