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Monday, February 1, 2010

Students Study Korean Language in Royal University of Phnom Penh (English Version)

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KOICA News Release: trainslation from local newspaper
Rasmei Kampuchea Daily:
Year 18, Volume 5114, Sunday-Monday, 31-01, January – February, 2010

[caption id="attachment_911" align="aligncenter" width="442" caption="Cambodian students study Korean Language in IFL meet with news reporters,    Picture from KOICA Cambodia Office"][/caption]

Phnom Penh: Actually they were Khmer but when we did not see their faces when they pronounced we might think that they were Korean nationality.

This was not the first time that Institute of Foreign Languages (IFL) provided Korean language education as short courses to Cambodian students. From 2007, this institute provided Bachelor’s Degree in Korean language.

Chhourn Marady, head of students who studied Korean language for Bachelor’s degree has informed the national and international news last Friday, January 29, 2010 that in order to study Korean language there, all students were required high school certificate and were required to do test. Marady went on to say that there were 29 students who studied Bachelor’s degree at the first time, but currently there were only 19 students because some of them were busy at other universities. Therefore, they decided to leave this institute.

In order to study at IFL of the Royal University of Phnom Penh, all students must pay US$ 80 per year eventhough they passed the test.

“It is not easy to speak and read Korean language”, Shou Sovannarith said. He also continued that it was difficult at the first year of study because pronounciation of Korean language was not the same as Khmer language, but Korean grammar was easier than other languages, sometime it was similar to Khmer grammar.

Shou Sovannarith also said that Korean language education there did not study about Khmer history or other courses which were related to Khmer history and culture.

The optimism of what Shou Sovannarith and Chhourn Marady was the opportunity of jobs. When they knew Korean language, it was easy for them to find good jobs. They said that Cambodia was lack of human resources in Korean language. Nowaday, there were many Korean companies who came to do their businesses in Cambodia. Especially, Sovannarith would like to apply for scholarship to study in Korea in the forecoming year.

Ms. Lee Muong Hee,  one volunteer teacher among four volunteers who helped teaching Korean language in IFL said that there was four teachers who teached students in IFL, three teachers were dispatched through the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and one teacher was dispatched through the Korean government.

She continued that “the reason why I want to teach Korean language here because I love Cambodian people and I like Angkore wat”.

She also informed that students who studied Korean language in Cambodia also had the opportunity to continue their study as Bachelor’s degree in Korea. So far, there were two students who got scholarship from the Korean government to study Bachelor’s degree in Korea. She continued that it was not difficult to get scholarhip to study in Korea. They must study hard. If they received 80 marks for all the subjects, they would have the opportunity to study in Korea. The Bachelor’s degree certificate of Korean language in Cambodia was also recorgnized by the Korean government.

Mr. Son Sung-il, Deputy Representative of KOICA to Cambodia said that this was not the first time that that Institute of Foreign Languages (IFL) provided Korean language education as short courses. He continued that KOICA did not provide any fund to support Korean language teaching in IFL but we dispatched volunteers to teach students.

He went on to say that the enrollent of new students to study in IFL was the authority of university. We did not involve in the enrollent of selecting students to study in this univerisyt but we provided some suggestion to select 30 students per year to study Korean language.


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