Visiting Professor Katherine Marshall

Professor Katherine Marshall graduated from Princeton University with two Master’s degrees, in Public Administration and in History. She then joined the World Bank, rising to become Counsellor to the then-President, Wolfensohn; whilst there, some of the many issues she addressed relating to international development were leadership, conflict resolution, and the role of women and religious faith. In addition, Ms. Marshall has been instrumental in the creation and development of the World Faiths Development Dialogue, where she is the Executive Director. She also serves on boards of numerous international NGOs and advisory groups. Presently, Ms. Marshall is a Senior Fellow at Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs as well as a Visiting Professor in its School of Foreign Service. In 2006, Katherine Marshall received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Cambodia.

Professor Marshall has since visited UC many times as a distinguished visiting professor. She has provided training and workshops to students and staff and has played an important role in the development of UC.

On her most current visit to Cambodia, in August 2014, she conducted three student-centered panel discussions and lectures at UC, in addition to numerous individual meetings with faculty and staff members.

Professor Marshall held a lecture and discussion session with students and faculty from the College of Management (CoM) entitled, “Challenges and Opportunities of Technology in Business Operations.” Ms. Gina Lopez, Associate Dean for the CoM, held a joint panel discussion with Prof. Marshall during this discussion session.

Mr. Khun Channy, Assosiate Dean for the College of Education (CoEd), and Professor Marshall held a panel discussion related to the challenges and opportunities in the education sector and in personal educational experiences entitled, “The Impact of Globalization on Education.” Following the panel discussion, students were allowed to asked questions about what was discussed. The outcome of the panel discussion and the question and answer session was that education does not finish upon your graduation from university, but rather, is a life long quest for knowledge that is always changing and growing.

Professor Marshall also held a lecture for students from the College of Social Science entitled, “ Taking into Account of Culture, Ethicity and Religion in Development Work and Strategies.” After the welcome remarks and the introduction on the background of Prof. Katherine Marshall given by Mr. Min Seiha, Prof. Marshall started with a brief on the general picture of society that consists for many ethnic groups, the ways of life, the relevance of culture linking to human rights and values for the development program of a country.

With the discussion and comparison between the features of Cambodia and America as an example, the students were suggested to reflect on some practical issues relating to cultural, ethnic and religious aspects such as gender equality, livelihood, attire, food, communication, and beliefs.

Professor Marshall held a lecture and discussion session with students and faculty from the College of Management (CoM) entitled, “Challenges and Opportunities of Technology in Business Operations.” Ms. Gina Lopez, Associate Dean for the CoM, held a joint panel discussion with Prof. Marshall during this discussion session.

Mr. Khun Channy, Assosiate Dean for the College of Education (CoEd), and Professor Marshall held a panel discussion related to the challenges and opportunities in the education sector and in personal educational experiences entitled, “The Impact of Globalization on Education.” Following the panel discussion, students were allowed to asked questions about what was discussed. The outcome of the panel discussion and the question and answer session was that education does not finish upon your graduation from university, but rather, is a life long quest for knowledge that is always changing and growing.

Professor Marshall also held a lecture for students from the College of Social Science entitled, “ Taking into Account of Culture, Ethicity and Religion in Development Work and Strategies.” After the welcome remarks and the introduction on the background of Prof. Katherine Marshall given by Mr. Min Seiha, Prof. Marshall started with a brief on the general picture of society that consists for many ethnic groups, the ways of life, the relevance of culture linking to human rights and values for the development program of a country.

With the discussion and comparison between the features of Cambodia and America as an example, the students were suggested to reflect on some practical issues relating to cultural, ethnic and religious aspects such as gender equality, livelihood, attire, food, communication, and beliefs.

Each aspect shows what the challenges and the possibilities will be for any effort in bringing changes for the whole community. Therefore, they must be taken into consideration, both how to protect and preserve indigenous culture, and to respect virtues of traditional culture, religion and different characteristics of people.

Through the studies of many disciplines like anthropology and sociology, there may be some approaches used to deal with the fear of change, and to introduce new methods for development policy makers, including surveys, listening and finding the real tension, avoiding simplification, better understanding the ideal and reality, and the adoption of not only consultation, but also participation and empowerment.

UC would like to extend our sincerest gratitute to Professor Katherine Marshall for being a long time partner of the university. She has spent countless hours training, lecturing and providing support to UC’s faculty, staff and students. In addition to her contributions to the university, she has also participated in the Asia Economic Forum, a premiere think tank organized by UC.

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