More than 130 students have graduated from American University of Phnom Penh (AUPP), a top university in Cambodia that provides dual degree programs with U.S. universities.
The conferral of the degrees was granted this Saturday to those who have completed their Bachelor’s and Master’s studies in both single and dual degree programs across various fields of Architecture, Business, Civil Engineering, Global Affairs, Information Technology Management, and Law.
The graduation ceremony was attended by Dr. Chea Vandeth, Minister of the Ministry of Telecommunication, and Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao, the first elected president of the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste, as well as over 600 participants of graduated students and parents.
Dr. Raymond Leos, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at AUPP said during his opening remarks to the students what they need the most to further develop themselves after school are creativity and innovation. “It [creativity] can be designing new software, creating a new app, establishing a new kind of business, finding new ways to market products or services, providing new ways to understand and solve problems, or offering new ways to create and share prosperity… It can help us create a better world for ourselves and others.” He added.
Dr. Leos said he is confident that the graduating class is prepared and ready to meet the challenges of creativity and innovation that are part of adapting and thriving in our rapidly changing global environment.
With the vision to be a model university to assist Cambodia in its human resources development, as well as to train the new generation of young people as critical thinkers, innovators, and ethical leaders to serve Cambodia and the world, AUPP adopted an American curriculum to meet international standards based on the US education system since 2013.
As the only university to offer dual degree programs in line with US educational standards in partnership with the University of Arizona and Forte Hays State University, over the past 10 years, more than 400 students have graduated from AUPP. The university currently has about 1,200 students.
Many graduates have achieved significant career progress in ministries and top companies in the country while many other students continue their education at top-tier universities in the world namely Stanford University, the University of Melbourne, Ohio University, and the National University of Singapore. The university also has attracted a significant number of international students from Asia, the US, and Europe.
AUPP offers Bachelor and Master programs in Information Technology Management, Information Communication Technology (ICT), Law, Business, and Global Affairs.