Dr. Tak Ranuch
The university’s recent closings due to COVID-19 concerns have turned a spotlight on many of society’s problems and also educational inequality in our Nation and across the world. As of 15th April 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic is causing more than 1.6 billion children and youth to be out of school in 161 countries this is stealing education from those who need it most, and stealing from our future. For places fortunate to have internet infrastructure and where students have home access to computers and Internet connection, continuing education through online learning makes the most sense. Online learning is a very valuable teaching tool in modern 21st Century education and a number of leading countries and universities are turning to online learning through online courses or virtual teaching platforms (such as Google Hangouts or Zoom).
The Cambodian Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS) has issued an immediate, indefinite, closure of all schools and universities in Cambodia until further notice during the COVID-19 pandemic. However MoEYS strongly promotes the distance learning or online learning to private and public institutions in Cambodia. University of Puthisastra (UP) has made major investment in online learning and teaching and is therefore well placed to continue teaching. UP is actively preparing online learning including program content assessment, teaching materials and staff development for the new semester. Almost all of UP’s full-time staff have been training in online teaching & support. UP WILL OPEN ON 20TH APRIL, though we expect that teaching will be online until MoEYS opens universities up again. We strongly encourage all students to return to Phnom Penh, where internet is strongest, to maximise their online experience.
- UP has chosen the Google Hangouts (Meet) and UPOP as formal online templates.
- UP has closely worked with faculties and lecturers to develop and update online teaching materials such as the course outlines, course books, slide presentations, reference books etc.
- UP has conducted many trainings on Email, Google Drive, Google Hangouts (Meet) for faculties, lecturers and students so that they are able to use the new online templates efficiently and effectively.
- UP has designed action plans for online learning and follow up its progress regularly.
- UP has improved technical, financial and human resources for online leaning for this new semester.
- UP has guided and informed all lecturers about the new online teaching methods and assessment methods for this new semester.
- UP is arranging orientation sessions for students and lecturers before starting the semester.
- UP has developed mechanism to monitor and evaluate the online learning for the upcoming semester.
- UP has developed better mechanisms for online assessments should they be necessary
- UP (via each of its faculties) has developed schedules for online classes and each Faculty will be contacting students separately. All laboratory practice and clerkship/internship in different institutions are postponed during this COVID-19 pandemic.