UC Unveils European Union Center
Contributions by Bandol Lim
UC President Dr. Kao Kim Hourn unveils
the university's new EU Information
Center to guests from Cambodia's
European Commission Delegation.
Two days before designated Europe Day on May 9, which marks the day that the idea for European Union was conceived, The University of Cambodia partnered with Cambodia’s European Commission Delegation to open the European Union Information Center to the public.
UC President Dr. Kao Kim Hourn and Ambassador David Lipman, Head of the EC Delegation to Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, signed a Memorandum of Understanding initiating UC as an "EU i," meaning that UC will house the dissemination of free EU information to the public.
As the cornerstone of educational cooperation between the EU and UC, the university established the EU Information Center in its Toshu Fukami Library to hold books, magazines and state of the art computers to explore Europe through the World Wide Web.
"Our goal is to have this EU Information Center operating for all the open hours because we want to provide more access to the printed materials," Dr. Kao said.
As a gateway to Europe, the EU Information Center will welcome Cambodians without the means to travel to Europe but wish to research the 27
European Union members and its institutions. Cambodia's EC Delegation donated four desktop computers as well as shelves of updated brochures and documents about the European Union.
"The EU has informed its country members to send us their information so we can reserve one block for each country in the corner," said Por Malis, Director of the Administration Office. So far, Germany has submitted materials.
The center will allow UC students and community visitors to use the materials in house as well as browse the documents in soft copy form.
"We are committed to sharing our achievements and values with countries and peoples beyond our borders," Lipman wrote in a Europe Day newsletter. "
Representatives from the Spanish Embassy attended the signing ceremony.
According to Dr. Angus Munro, UC's Vice President of Academic Affairs, the information center might be merged with the soon-to-be established European Studies major once the university is moved to its new campus in 2010. The partnership with the EU Commission will allow UC to gain feedback on course content, organization and materials as well as provide a network of guest lecturers.