UC Offers Sincere Condolences to Japan

Members of the University of Cambodia (UC) community offered their sincere sympathies to the people of Japan in a condolence ceremony at UC on March 19, eight days after the country was devastated by a magnitude 9 earthquake and tsunami. Over 250 people attended the event to sign condolence books and donate money to help victims in the disaster-stricken country.

H.E. Dr. Kao Kim Hourn, UC President and Personal Adviser to Samdech Techo Prime Minister, delivered the keynote address at the event and led the UC community in a moment of silence for victims of the earthquake and tsunami. H.E. Samraing Kamsan, Senior Adviser to the President of UC and Secretary of State for the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, also expressed his profound sorrow and condolences to the people of Japan at the somber ceremony.

A team from UC delivered the condolence books, donation (US$568; 3,618,200 riel; and S$10), and flowers to the Embassy of Japan in Phnom Penh on March 23. H.E. Dr. Kao led the team and was accompanied by Lok Chumteav Khem Rany, Director General of Southeast Asia Television (SEATV), H.E. Samraing Kamsan, and several members of the UC Executive Team, including Dr. Angus Munro, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Malis Por, Vice President for Operations, and Peter Tan Keo, Vice President for Strategy, Development, and International Cooperation. Chanty Pisal and Sokkhea Gechchheng, both Officers of the UC Student Senate (UCSS), also attended the condolence book ceremony as representatives of the student body.

The UC community expresses its grief and profound sorrow for the Japanese people, and its thoughts and prayers are with them. We have full confidence that the Japanese government can help its people overcome this, and wish Japan a speedy recovery.