UC and University of Houston Sign MOU


On April 23, 2010, the University of Cambodia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Houston. That Memorandum was entered into effect as of June 1, 2010, and stipulates many important exchanges between the two institutions. First, it acknowledges that both universities agree to contribute further to the regional understanding between both countries (the United States of America and the Kingdom of Cambodia), both cities (Houston, Texas and Phnom Penh), and both universities through mutual cooperation programs. Second, it notes that both universities will engage to further collaboration through academic programs in instruction, research, and faculty development among the faculty and students of both institutions. Third, they will enhance the international experience of faculty and students in the areas of research, joint program and collaboration, and exchange of faculty and students.
The MOU marks another milestone for the University of Cambodia in its active promotion of academic experiential learning across the globe, through linking up with world-class universities. The University of Houston, founded in 1927, is the leading public research university in the vibrant international city of Houston, which is the fourth largest city in the United States, and is home to the seventh largest school district in the nation. More than 37,000 students are educated through this university in more than 300 undergraduate and graduate academic programs, offering both on campus and online programs for distant learning. The University of Cambodia is eager to play a positive role in working with the University of Houston, and hopes that some of our students will benefit from scholarship awards and study abroad programs. UH is also home to one of the most ethnically diverse student bodies in the nation, and has many Southeast Asian students attending and matriculating through their academic programs.
Mr. Peter Tan Keo, Vice President for Strategy, Development, and International Cooperation for the University of Cambodia, met with the executive team of the University of Houston. Mr. Keo began developing and building a fruitful relationship with the university over the course of many months. In January 2010, right around the time of the 6th Asian Economic Forum, Dr. Jerald W. Strickland and two other delegates visited a team from the University of Cambodia to lay the groundwork for the MOU that was signed later that year.
“The University of Houston is at the forefront of research related to petroleum and natural gas, medicine, media and communications and other important fields,” said Mr. Keo. “They are also one of the most diverse institutions of higher learning in the country, which speaks volumes about their commitment to learning without borders or artificial restrictions. The University of Cambodia has made another committed friend for the ages.”