The University of Puthisastra (UP) hosted “Discovery Week” at the UP campus from October 2-6 with the aim of introducing students to various study options and giving them a taste of what studying there is like. The event was organised by The Idea Company.
According to Nadia Wong, UP Steering Committee member, the fair was held at Exchange Square to help students determine what subjects fit their passion. Throughout Discovery Week on the UP campus, students are also shown where they could be studying.
“As part of our activities, students can check out different classes and meet the lecturers and professors of each major. Also, students can go on a tour and meet more faculty and staff,” Ms Nadia said.
The first such event arranged by UP, Ms Nadia believed it was a success, because many students were able to get a better understanding of what they were going to study. She said it is really crucial to students, especially students who came from the provinces and want to pursue studies in Phnom Penh.
Ms Nadia added that some students know what major they want to study, or who the teachers are for the various majors. While students can ask their seniors, she thinks it isn’t the best way of getting information. So Discovery Week is aimed at allowing them to see and experience everything before they make a choice and before they submit their applications.
Yin Voleak, a booth volunteer and former student of pharmacy at UP, said that besides studying in class, students at UP are able to get extra learning by joining a club. She said these are good platforms for solving problems.
“There are three clubs that students here can join: the Junior, Senior and Career clubs. These clubs were set up by students to help overcome study difficulties. So the purpose behind these clubs is to facilitate the solving of students’ problems,” Ms Voleak said.
Ms Voleak added that it is very helpful for students to join a club. The Junior Club helps students to adapt their learning processes quickly. The Senior Club focuses on students who are about to graduate and helps them prepare for the national exam. The Career Club helps students figure out what career they want.