UP VOICE VOL.55 – January 2021

The Official Newsletter of the University of Puthisastra (UP)-Vol.55 January 2021 Download

UP celebrates more than a decade of excellence in health sciences and technology training and inspire the next generation of doctors, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, midwives, laboratory technicians, computer scientists and technology entrepreneurs.UP comprises of the following Faculties:

  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Faculty of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Health Science and Biotechnology
    • Department of Laboratory Sciences
    • NEW Program: Bachelor of Science (Research)
  • Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery
    • Department of Nursing (Bachelor and Associate degrees)
    • Department of Midwifery (Bachelor and Associate degrees)
  • Faculty of Business Entrepreneurship and Technology
    • Masters of IT
    • Bachelor of IT

UP also provides 4 Years of English Tuition – FREE of CHARGE!

UP Scholarship is NOW available! For more information: https://www.facebook.com/UniversityofPuthisastra/photos/a.124944795894/10158180297740895/

For further information about UP Scholarship, you can join and ask directly within our Telegram group via: (UP Scholarship 2020-2021) https://t.me/upscholarship Our team will respond promptly to provide further detail.

WHAT’S UP ON CAMPUS – 01 January 2021, International New Year Day

Message from the President

Dear Students and UP Colleagues,

As we approach the end of December, I send this message to each of you as members of the UP Family, both students and colleagues alike, to reflect on what has been an incredible year. Incredible in both challenges and what we, as a family, have achieved. The events of 2020 have changed the world, changed Cambodia and changed UP too, in ways that none of us imagined a year ago. We’ve seen unique world events that have challenged us globally and on a personal level too. Internationally, and in Cambodia, many universities are in serious financial trouble whilst students and academic staff have struggled with disrupted learning.

The emergence of COVID-19 has forced us to do so much differently. UP has, as a university, rapidly moved by providing our teaching and learning online to make sure our students get the best possible learning under the circumstances. We are very proud to have \delivered more than 21,000 lessons with classes on Google Meet as well as online content online via UPOP. Despite huge challenges, we have achieved incredible success as a leading university within Cambodia and beyond. I thank you all as students, and I thank all our academic staff too – with our commitment and support for each other we have achieved so much together!

We’ve had to find ways to move all our support services online too – like student fee payments through Wing for example (and monthly payments – a unique service we provide to help our students and families in difficult economic times). Our hard-working support staff have ensured that the university has continued to work really smoothly and happily, each and every single day. It has been a very tough transition for everyone at times, but I am deeply proud and deeply grateful to all our staff for the way you’ve each risen to these unique challenges and lived up to our values, to continue to Honor Self, Respect Others and Develop Society.

It has also been difficult to be isolated from each other at times. We thrive together as a family, when we can be on campus enjoying the ‘campus experience’ at UP a great deal – whether that’s learning in a classroom, sharing a coffee together at the Coffee Box or just a quick chat during the day. That’s why I’m really looking forward to 2021 – to the arrival of vaccines here in Cambodia and an eventual return to university life, on campus, where we should be. I am very confident that a year from now, we’ll look back at 2020 and say to each other: “We got through it together. We survived, it wasn’t easy, but we did it and we grew stronger!”

I’d also like to emphasize again that we’re here to help you too. We all need help sometimes, whether that is with a practical problem, or personal problems. Please don’t feel that you’re alone. Even though our campus isn’t physically open right now we have mental health support available for staff and students alike, if you feel that it would be welcome. It’s free to all, and it’s confidential too. If you’re having a hard time, please don’t suffer in silence. UP is a family – it’s the foundation we are built on. We achieve our greatest successes by supporting each other. For those of you who celebrate it, I’d like to wish you a Merry Christmas, and to everyone, I’d like to wish you the very best for the New Year, with a renewed sense of optimism for what should be a happy and more prosperous 2021.

All best wishes,


ICT Scholarship Exam 2nd intake

We would like to thank the 400 students who registered for our Scholarship exam 1st intake and congratulate those who successfully passed. For those who missed it, good news!

UP is opening additional scholarships and will welcome more students for this new academic year 2020-2021.

You can register from now on for 2nd the scholarship exam following the link https://forms.gle/AyfxeKBktdy2Eg958 https://forms.gle/AyfxeKBktdy2Eg958. Link available on our UP Facebook Page (University of Puthisastra).

Registration Deadline: 4th January 2021 Scholarship exam will be conducted online on the 06th January 2021

For more information, Contact 010 645 744 by phone or Telegram. Good luck everyone!


Recently, in collaboration with the MOH and Cambodian Dental Council, UP hosted an important continuing professional development (CPD) seminar entitled “GUIDELINES FOR CROSS-INFECTION CONTROL IN CAMBODIAN DENTAL CLINICS DURING AND AFTER THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC “. The workshop was held online using ZOOM from the UP Kospo Room on Sunday 20 December. Over 500 dentists registered to join the meeting, which was sponsored by UP and the GOFEN company.

Professor Ian Findlay, UP’s President welcomed the participants, and this was followed by introductory comments from HE Dr Oeun Boraroth, Secretary of State from MOH, and HE Dr Sokhom Rithivuth, President of the Dental Council. The two keynote speakers were Professor Hong Someth, Vice President of the Cambodian Dental Council, and Ms Glenda Stainton, a very experienced dental therapist from NZ who has been living and working in Cambodia for the past 4 years.

The sessions were chaired by Dr Chher Tepirou, Chief Dental Officer from the MOH, and Assistant Prof Soeun Sopharith from UP. Following the excellent presentations there was a time for questions and discussion. All participants received 3 CPD points from the Dental Council and a certificate of attendance. The session will be repeated on 7 January for up to 500 dental students from UP, UHS, IU and the Institute of Health Science of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces.

QLTS provides workshops to improve teaching and learning practice

The Department of Quality, Learning and Teaching, and Students (QLTS) works closely with UP’s Learning and Teaching Champions Committee to implement the 2nd Batch of Online Workshop Series for UP lecturers and academic staff from mid-December 2020 till the end of January 2021. The primary aim of the workshops is to modernise our teachers’ pedagogies – the way we deliver online and mixed-mode teaching – to UP students.

To advance modern, worlds-best practice teaching and learning opportunities, we are conducting sessions on:

  1. Stress Management in Teaching during Covid-19 Pandemic
  2. Engaging Students in Online Classrooms
  3. Increasing Learner Autonomy
  4. Hybrid Learning and Teaching
  5. Open Book Exam
  6. Teaching Mixed-ability Classes
  7. 12 Principles of Adult Learning
  8. Flipped Classroom
  9. Writing Assignments
  10. Innovation in Teaching
  11. Types of Learning Assessments
  12. Developing Learning Outcomes by Using Bloom’s Taxonomy
  13. Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning
  14. Problem-based Learning
  15. Keeping Students Engaged in Large Classes
  16. UPOP (How to Add Lessons)
  17. UPOP (Quiz Design)
  18. UPOP (Assignment & Forum Design)

UP’s dedicated Teaching and Learning department, the Learning Centre, together with our Learning and Teaching Champions Committee have been actively supporting all our lecturers in effective implementation of contemporary, evidence-based innovative teaching practice, both virtually and physically.

We have been sharing our knowledge and practices with colleagues individually, in small groups, and as an entire faculty, and we either love to hear back from our lecturers regarding their additional views relevant to each topic as well as constructive feedback for the betterment of our workshops in the next phase.

Pharmacy Club Opening Ceremony

UP’s held an online Pharmacy Clubs Opening Ceremony at 12:30 to 2:00pm on 25th December. These clubs include Pharma-Career, Senior Pharmacy Club and Clinical Pharmacy Club and are created to support pharmacy students’ studies and to ensure the quality of pharmacy education.

Pharma-Career Club is a club for pharmacy students from Foundation year to Year 5 and it is held every Thursday from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. The aim of Pharma-Career Club is to orient pharmacy students to choose the right career pathway based on their competencies and potentials, to provide students with successful experiences from professionals in field of pharmacy, and to train pharmacy students with skills needed to be successful future careers.

For the Senior Club – its times are every Friday from 1:00 to 2:00 pm and its purpose is to support fourth and fifth year pharmaceutical students on exam tips and successful keys for upcoming graduation exam and national exit exam. For the Senior Club – its times are every Friday from 1:00 to 2:00 pm and its purpose is to support fourth and fifth year pharmaceutical students on exam tips and successful keys for upcoming graduation exam and national exit exam.

Last but not least, Clinical Pharmacy club, which is opened for fourth and fifth year pharmacy students is held every Saturday started from 1:00 to 2:00pm. Its purpose is to provide pharmacy students a chance to learn clinical knowledge and skill from different cases happened in hospitals, pharmacies and laboratories, and this club will be an active discussion platform on clinical aspects within pharmacy responsibilities.


Recently Dr. Horn Sereybot, our UP Dental Clinic Manager, was awarded a Post-graduate Diploma in Clinical Orthodontics from the UK. This 2-year program was organized through the Orthosociety organization in collaboration with City of London Dental School and University of Bolton. Dentists from many countries attended including those from Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and Thailand, but Dr Sereybot was the only participant from Cambodia.

Each candidate was required to complete an orthodontic theory course and practical components. During the course there was a comprehensive entry examination, submission of 10 completed cases, a final matriculation exam and an oral case presentation conducted by City of London Dental School. Assistant Professor Anand Marya, our Head of Discipline for Orthodontics at UP, was the local mentor for the program and supervised Dr Sereybot’s orthodontic cases. Dr. Sereybot intends to share his knowledge and experience with UP undergraduate students, as well as providing treatment for private orthodontic patients in the UP Dental Clinic. Congratulations to Dr Sereybot who is now part of our growing orthodontic team.

UP Dental Clinic Open for Business

On Monday 4 January UP dental students will be back in force in the UP dental clinic. Although the clinic has continued to run from Monday to Saturday during the recent Covid scare, numbers of patients were down. However, our clinic staff, orthodontists and residents did a great job providing treatment to those who needed it during this period, closely adhering to the National Cross Infection Control Guidelines.

Now that students are back, we expect the numbers of patients to pick up, and services will get back to normal again. We are presently open for patients needing all types of dental care, including implants, dentures and orthodontics. Patients can choose whether to be treated by a dental student, a general dentist or a specialist. Recently we have erected two new signs to advertise the clinic which share our exceptionally low prices for quality treatment. The clinic is open Monday to Saturday from 8.30am until 5pm, and Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings from 5 to 7pm.

Nursing Students get ready for Graduation Exam

Nursing students will soon be taking their upcoming Internal Exit Exam as well as National Exit Exam. Nursing Department conducted Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) training for nursing students of BSN-Batch4 and ADN-Batch7 to help prepare and strengthen students’ abilities by reviewing the exam-checklists and reviewing practical classes. Their OSCE training consists of 23 procedures BSN and 20 procedures for ADN. The OSCE internal exit exam was originary scheduled for 23rd-24th December but had to be rescheduled because of COVID-19.

Pharmacy students get ready for Graduation exam

UP’s Faculty of Pharmacy has also prepared OSCE Mock Test for year-5 pharmacy students who will take the exit examination in the upcoming month. This mock test was prepared by using computer-based systems for Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). The mock test exam was similarly designed to simulate the real exam in the purpose of identifying student’s strengths and weaknesses, and finding ways to improve students’ capacity to succeed in either graduation exam or national exit exam. Apart from this, it also builds students’ confidence, readiness, and spirit to overcome the challenges on the way.

Pharmacist are one of the many health practitioners who need to interact professionally with patients. Mock test will provide students with more opportunities to improve their professionalism. The mock test is an ideal way to prepare students for graduate life – as it allows students to make mistakes in school rather than in the community.

UP does a huge amount of work to improve quality of education in health sciences and information technology to reach international level and is strongly committed to produce highest quality graduates with knowledge, skills and good attitudes to serve the Cambodian community. For instance, in December 16-18, 2020, Senior Club, which is coordinated by Mr Eang Pharnith, Pharmacy Lab Assistant and Mr NY Chanseiha, Full time Lecturer, Faculty of Pharmacy, prepared the OSCE Mocks test online for the batch 5 students who will attends exit examination.

This mock test is also a key of success for our Pharmacy faculty. As the result, UP pharmacy maintains its outstanding record as Highest Exam Passing Rate in the whole country.

Mrs. Sim Soeurn, Rotation Officer in the Faculty of Medicine

Born in Takeo Province into a family of farmers, Mrs. Sim Soeurn has six siblings. She was educated at Life University in Preah Sihanouk Province since 2009, and during her bachelor degree studies she was also at Chung-Ang University in South Korea for a period of one year. She got her Bachelor Degree of Science in Nursing in 2014. While studying at Life University, Mrs. Soeurn took part in a research study on Patients’ satisfaction with Health Providers in Cambodia.​ After graduation, she became an assistant lecturer in the Nursing and Midwifery College of her former University.

From 2016 to mid-2019 Mrs. Soeurn worked as Nurse Counselor with Doctors Without Borders to the “Hepatitis C Project”, screening people living with HIV for hepatitis C and providing education on infection prevention.

In September 2019, Mrs. Soeurn joined UP as Rotation Officer in the Faculty of Medicine. She says she is very happy to be part of an excellent team, to work with medical students and to assist them in their clerkships and internships.

Lab management at UP in 2020

In health there are three main types of learning:

  1. Theory – usually taught in lectures
  2. Lab practice – learning practical skills in laboratories, often simulated practice
  3. Experiential learning – learning in a clinical context, in real life situations

Labs are therefore an integral part of the learning experience at UP. All health-related programs rely very heavily on practice skills that are first exercised in the labs after which experience is build up further in clerkships and internships.

With the shutdown of all educational institutes across Cambodia, on Monday 16th March due to the Covid-19 pandemic, theoretical classes continued online but practical classes unfortunately had to come to a halt. In order to be able to get the students back in the labs as soon as possible labs had to be prepared to adhere to new Covid-19 related regulations as set by the ministries of Health and Education, Youth & Sports.

Mr. Hem Chanvatanak is UP’s full-time laboratory manager, who co-ordinates and oversees all laboratory activities at UP. Under his organization labs were stocked with essential personal protection equipment (PPE), adorned with signage for safety measures, and provided with the Safety Guidelines for Reopening of Laboratories at UP in both English and Khmer. A major task was reorganizing the seating of the labs to adhere to social distancing rules which was a coordinated effort between Mr. Chanvatanak, the lab assistants and other staff from all faculties and admin staff.

All these efforts in conjunction with UP’s communication with MoH resulted in labs being reopened on Monday 7th September, which was followed, after inspection by MoEYS, by reopening of the whole university on Monday 21st September.

It has been challenging for all faculties to catch up on the practical part of their courses, due to the limited number of students and staff allowed in the labs at each session but coordinated scheduling has made up for quite a bit of lost time, although it has since been interrupted by two more shutdowns.

As the campus will reopen for classes on the 4th of January Mr. Chanvatanak’s job will continue to provide assistance in scheduling of ongoing and upcoming classes and help out the faculties in their lab activities where needed.


Dental students need to learn about how to manage patients with complex medical conditions, as well as geriatric patients and patients with physical, psychological and developmental disorders. Currently Cambodia has no specialists in this area of dentistry called “Special Care Dentistry”.

Hence we were very happy to accept an offer to help teach our students from two overseas specialists – Associate Professor Dr Mas Suryalis Ahmad from UiTM University in Malaysia, and Dr Olivia Apperley from New Zealand. Dr Olivia has been to Cambodia and taught our students before, and helped us to provide treatment for a group of children with hemophilia when she was here. A/Professor Suryalis has a Doctor of Clinical Dentistry and a PhD in Special Needs Dentistry from the University of Melbourne. She was able to teach our students online, using a similar curriculum to that used at her own university UiTM. Dr Olivia, who works in a major hospital in NZ, has many years of experience, which she is sharing with our year 5 students this semester. Our own Dr Tort Borany who has a Masters in Preventive Dentistry from Korea is also teaching in the course, focusing on geriatric dentistry.

cUP is grateful for the cooperation and support it gets from its many overseas partners, as we try to provide our students with the best education possible. We hope to continue to strenthen our links with UiTM, and several of their lecturers have helped us in recent years, and we hope to send groups of our students there again for an exchange program in future years.

The voice of great women in Health Sciences Year Of Nurses And Midwives

Mrs. Prak Manila, President of the Cambodian Nurses Association, was selected as one of the 100 Outstanding Women Leaders, Nurses and Midwives (100 OUTSTANDING WOMEN NURSE AND MIDWIFE LEADERS) in the World in 2020, the International Year of Nurses and Midwives.

This selection was made by WOMEN IN GLOBAL HEALTH. Mrs. Prak Manila is also receiving a scholarship from the International Council of Nurses (INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF NURSES) in Geneva, Switzerland in attending GLOBAL NURSING LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE of nursing leadership training course. Participants come from many countries around the world.

Orthodontic services at UP Dental Clinic “Braces on – Braces off”

Our orthodontic specialists (Dr Anand Marya, Dr Adith Venugopal and Dr Jatin Gambhir) at the University of Puthisastra continue to provide a high-quality orthodontic service for several hundred patients. These patients, many of whom are UP students or have full time jobs, find that the evening clinics make it easier for them to attend monthly appointments without missing study or work. Most cases take two to three years to complete, but the results are well worth the wait! Recently a number of patients have completed treatment and are now ready to show off their beautiful new smiles. The “before” and “after” photos (see below) speak for themselves.

If you would like a FREE orthodontic consultation with one of our orthodontists, please come to the UPDC on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday evening between 5 and 7pm.

2020’s major achievements for UP Faculty of Pharmacy

COVID-19 has rapidly altered the daily routine of Cambodian citizens. One of the major changes for students is the educational transition from physical class learning to remote learning or online learning. 2020 – The Year of COVID – has been a difficult and challenging year across the world and for UP. Many universities too across the world and in Cambodia are facing extreme financial difficulty. Despite this difficulty, Faculty of Pharmacy of University of Puthisastra have been very committed to promoting constant and progressive educational activities.

The following major achievements belong to the Faculty of Pharmacy (FoP) in 2020:

  1. FoP has run its normal learning and teaching activities through online delivery. 6007.5 hours (73.10%) of class were virtually conducted by using Google meet while 2220 hours (26.88%) were physically run on campus.
  2. The practical activities in laboratories in 2020 were not suspended. All pharmacy students were able to do their experiments on campus.
  3. The clerkship and internship activities in 2020 were normally run by maximizing clerkship hours, expanding more clerkship placements, following strictly the health and social measure during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  4. FoP has purchased lab equipment costing around USD 40, 000. The new arrival of these pieces of equipment will help to upgrade pharmacy laboratories to become practice and research centers which response to national and international curricular.
    • -86 degree c Deep Freezer, BIOBASE Model BDF-86V528
    • Multiskan FC Microplate Photometer, Thermo Scientific
    • Microplate Shaker, Fisher Scientists
    • Microbiology Incubator, BIOBASE Model BJPX-H88BK (D)
    • Assay Plate 96 Well Round Bottom
  5. FoP kept publishing its research both in local and international journal.
    • Ethnobotanical survey of medicinal plants used by the communities residing in Banteay Srei District, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia. Samell Keo, Chanseiha Ny, Sokkeang, Touch, Srey Pao Men, Kunthea Un, Sreynich Chak, Chanraksmey Phorn, Keopisey Khouch, Sohavin Sok, Kosalvoleak Chean, Darayuth Sor, Sin Chea. International Conference on Natural Products and Human Health-2020 (ICNPHH-2020), February 27-29, 2020.
    • Chandramathi S., Min-Yee A., Kar-Lok C., Amni A., Mahboob T., Nissapatorn V., Sin Chea, Mogana R,Wiart C. Antiviral potential of Cambodian plant extracts against HSV-1. Asia Pacific Consortium of Researcher and Educators Virtual Conference, APCORE 2020. December 02-04, 2020.
    • Sin Chea, Sophearom Chhea, Keo Phanha Soeung, Channeth Meng, Chantrea Khoy, Sokanha Mov, Sorida Prak, Sovannaroath Tang, Sokunvary Oeung, Voleak Nov, Voleak Yin, Huykhim Ung, Koemlin Roum, Samell Keo. Factors associated with students deciding to study Pharmacy or Medicine at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Puthisastra, Cambodia. Biological and Chemical Research (ISSN 2312-0088), Vol.7, 46-53 | Science Signpost Publishing. Published: March 25, 2020.
    • Sonia M Oliveira, Muhammad Nawaz, Kama G. Dolma, Ajoy K. Verma, Chea Sin, Mahaveer Dhobi, Sunil Kayesth, Christophe Wiart, Veeranoot Nissapatorn, Ramesh K Goyal, Maria De Lourdes Pereira. Pharmacological Potential of Plants in the Treatment of Diabetes: From Traditional to Phytonanotherapy. Terapêuticas, farmácia e tecnologias da saûde | Comunicaçâo Oral. OC- (CISAUDE 2020-14673).
    • Chea, S., Khieng, S., Leng, P., & Water, T. (2020). Pedagogy of online learning:
    • Revisiting ideas of connection, engagement, attendance, and assessment. AVI. 19, 1-4.
    • Watcharapong Mitsuwan , Suthinee Sangkanu , Rachasak Boonhok, Maria De l. Pereira , Mohammad Nawaz , Chandramathi S. Raju, Tooba Mahboob , Chea Sin, Karma G. Dolma , Julieta Z. Dungca , Polrat Wilairatana, Christophe Wiart, Veeranoot Nissapatorn. Turmeric: Thai Medicinal Plant Against Acanthamoeba Triangularis. Asia Pacific Consortium of Researcher and Educators Virtual Conference, APCORE 2020. December 02-04, 2020.
  6. Pharmacy Clubs have been virtually running. PharmaCareer Club is created to orient pharmacy students to choose the right career pathway based on their competencies and potentials, provide pharmacy student with successful experiences from professionals in the field of pharmacy, and train pharmacy students with skills needed to be successful in writing a CV and job interview. Clinical Pharmacy Club provides pharmacy students a chance to learn clinical knowledge and skills from different cases happened in hospitals, pharmacies and laboratories, and this club will be active discussion platform on clinical aspect while Senior Pharmacy Club focused on strengthening year-4 and year-5 pharmacy students on exam tips and successful keys for the upcoming graduation exam and national exit exam.
  7. FoP kept providing Online Soft-Skill Training by Zoom to pharmacy students: It has collaborated with Friends International to design a soft skill training series freely for pharmacy students by using online platform (Zoom). This online training will specify on 7 topics:
    • Personal development-value, strengths, and motivation.
    • Time management.
    • Stress management.
    • Communication.
    • Being part of a team.
    • Money management.
    • CV and interview.
  8. FoP kept sending pharmacy students to do Volunteer Jobs in Community pharmacies. With the collaboration with Ucare pharmacy chains which has 22 locations, year-3 and year-4 pharmacy students have been sending to practice in clinical setting.
  9. University and industry Collaboration: FoP has received research grants from PharmaProdcut Manufacturing (PPM) that is the result from University and industry collaboration. This collaboration mainly focuses on the Black Ginger study in Cambodia. The collaboration is a great achievement between PPM and FoP that would benefit both institutions and contribute to the society at the end.
  10. FoP has supported pharmacy students to create Cambodian Pharmacy Student Alliance (CamPSA) which become the full member of International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF).
  11. UP Pharmacy, an official CPD provider in Cambodia. UP Pharmacy is officially recognized as a CPD provider in Country though MoU with Pharmacist Council of Cambodia (PCC).
  12. Dr Chea Sin, Dean of Faculty of Pharmacy, had completed two phases of International Deans’ Course Southeast Asia, funded by DAAD (Germran Academic Exchange Service), DIES (Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies) and German Rectors’ Conference.
  13. Dr Chea Sin, Dean of Faculty of Pharmacy, was recognized by Vennue Foundation as the 2020 Global Pharmacy Champion.
  14. FoP kept getting actively engaged with Asian Association Schools of Pharmacy, ASEAN Association of Schools of Medical Technology, International Pharmaceutical Federation, World Union for Herbal Drug Discovery, Vennue Foundation and other partners through virtual international meeting, webinars, and conferences.