Dr. Kao Kim Hourn
President, Co-Founder, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees
It is with great enthusiasm I present the University of Cambodia as a premiere center of academic and research excellence in Cambodia and Southeast Asia. Many wonderful friends and incredible resources, both human and technical, have supported this endeavor. We have received a warm welcome from public, private, government, and partner institutions. Yet, we recognize many great and exciting challenges before us as we build this complex university community.
The University of Cambodia is growing into a community of students, scholars, researchers, practitioners, staff, and faculty. Academic excellence is the value we, as a community, hold most fundamental. Academic excellence drives all of our efforts. By stressing excellence in our academic standards and instruction; by emphasizing the importance of teaching; by nurturing progressive research; and by encouraging a shared sense of responsibility, we hope to achieve our mission.
Our mission for building a superior academic center in Cambodia is interrelated to Cambodia’s participation in the global arena. Our perspectives and academic programs must reflect this global perspective. We are also an integrated part of the information revolution. The information revolution has expanded our mission by transforming the nature of the academic community, as well as how knowledge is generated and transmitted. A university is no longer limited by geography; its boundaries are national and global. We continue to seek innovative mechanisms to access and share information, and explore the possibilities inherent in new communications systems that will enhance our instructional and research objectives.
We have the greatest hopes for the future of higher learning and research in Cambodia. We seek to take a lead in raising the bar of academic excellence. Through the united efforts of the entire broader community, we know we can achieve our vision.
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