Opening Remarks by
Dr. Haruhisa Handa,
Chancellor, The University of Cambodia
At the Commencement of the Third Annual Session of
The University of Cambodia,
18 September 2007
1. First of all, I wish to thank Excellency Pech Chamnan, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, for his presence at The University of Cambodia’s Commencement of the Third Annual Session this afternoon, representing the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.
2. I also would like to thank each of this year’s recipients of the honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Cambodia. We are indeed honored and impressed with the achievements and successes of all the five candidates: H.E. Tea Banh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defense; H.E. Cham Prasidh, Senior Minister and Minister of Commerce; H.E. Koji Omi, Former Minister of Finance of Japan and Founder and Chairman of the famous Science and Technology Forum; Mr. Yohei, Chairman of the Nippon Foundation; and Dr. Richard Dyck, President of the TCS- Japan. For H.E. Koji Omi, who could not be here with us to due to his very tight schedule, Mr. Inue will receive a degree on his behalf. Another candidate, Mr. Yohei Sasakawa, who has a serious health problem, could not join us at this Commencement Exercise as well. Nevertheless, The University of Cambodia will issue them our degrees based on our decision earlier this month.
3. Let me also take this opportunity to congratulate the Class of 2007 of The University of Cambodia for their hard work and commitment to academic excellence and a philosophy of a life-long learning.
4. Moreover, I am pleased to see that the number of graduates from The University of Cambodia has been consistently small in number. This reflects the commitment of The University of Cambodia to give top priority to academic excellence and quality of the program of the academic studies. Given the great efforts of the staff, administration, and faculty to constantly improve their programs as well as service delivery, I am delighted to see the continuing progress of The University of Cambodia in order to serve the community of students and scholars.
5. For the Class of 2007, I wish to underline that The University of Cambodia has been fully committed to support all students and to help them make steady progress in their studies.
6. Given the rising reputation, The University of Cambodia will continue to improve its public relations and works in all areas so as to benefit the Cambodians, especially from rural areas.