UP VOICE VOL.96 – September 2022

The Official Newsletter of the University of Puthisastra (UP)-Vol.96 September 2022 Download

Students will spend 2 years (4 semesters) to complete this program. This is a very flexible program with classes
normally held from Friday to Sunday, on campus or via online. Clerkship/internships will be held on Monday to Friday.

Selection criteria:
– Associate degree in Medical Laboratory Technology or the equivalence recognized by Ministry of Health or Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport and has successfully passed the national exit exam.
Deadline of enrollment : 15 October 2022 Scholarship : 20% for the whole two-year program

For more information about the program:
Please contact us via telegram group BBL Information UP (https://t.me/+YeTt4dLginM3ZTFl).

For more information about Admission:
Please contact us via telegram group UP Admissions (https://t.me/UPAdmissions)

UP’s accept application for Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences

UP is launching a Master’s Degree Programme in Pharmaceutical Science for the new Academic Year, 2022-2023. Students will spend 2 years (or 4 semesters) in order to complete this programme. Normally classes are held from Monday to Friday, but in some semesters, classes and internships will also be held on Saturdays and Sundays. Master of Pharmaceutical Science has four tracks, which students will select one from the second year.

Track 1: Quality Control and Quality Assurance of Health Products
Track 2: Pharmacokinetics and Clinical Pharmacy
Track 3: Medication and Public Health
Track 4: Hospital Pharmacy

UP is the first private university who has graduate programs in Cambodia

Selection criteria:
• Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy
• Having good English proficiency: Certificate of general English or IELTS
with a score of 5.0 or higher
• Entrance test: theatrical and oral testing
• Number of students on course: 10 students
• Deadline of registration: September 15, 2022

After graduating from this programme, the graduates will be able to serve as:
• Pharmacist responsible in public or private pharmacy
• Pharmacist responsible for Pharmaceutical Import and Export Company
• Pharmacist responsible in pharmaceutical industry
• Pharmacist responsible for public or private laboratories
• University lecturers
• Researcher in pharmaceutical field
• Pharmacist in any public or private institution.

For more information: Please contact Ms. Sreng Nalen (098 811 856).

Call for Registration to Research Conference: “Improving Cambodian Health and Wellbeing-ways forward”

Register NOW via the following link: https://forms.gle/qgemqNrkyqbwsBNr6
Note: Free Entry!
Deadline: 6 October 2022

This conference encourages researchers, academics, students, policy makers and clinicians to share knowledge, expertise, and practices to make positive and sustainable improvements to health outcomes which will contribute to improved healthy people, social inclusion, economic prosperity and environmental sustainability.

For more information, please visit https://www.puthisastra.edu.kh/conference/ or contact Ms. ENG Muyngim via Tel: 069 620 406 or Email:


“Cambodia – Korea Implant Academy Course at UP”

This new hands-on Implant Course for Cambodian dentists will be taught by two specialists from Korea, supported by one Cambodian dentist experienced in implant placement.

The course is made up of four 2-day modules and will cover a comprehensive array of topics related to implant dentistry. It will have theoretical, lab and clinical components, drawing on the latest evidence-based research.

Each module is designed to help the participants increase their knowledge, hone their clinical skills, and grow in confidence. The brand of implant used in the course is a high-quality implant from Korea called “Steri-Oss”. On successful completion of the programme, participants will be able to execute straight-forward implant surgery and perform high quality restoration procedures.

Each participant is expected to place at least 2 implants on patients, under the supervision of the Korean and Cambodian lecturers. After finishing the course, the participants will receive a certificate of training by KITI in Korea and the University of Puthisastra.

By providing such courses, the Faculty of Dentistry at UP continues to contribute to the professional development of dentists around the nation. For more information and to register please contact Asst. Prof. Soeun Sopharith – 012 350 123.

MD Students Successfully Defended Their Theses

Recently, Mr. Chorn Sophearum, Mr. Chamnan Anrith and Mr. Prem Satya successfully defended their thesis entitled “Retrospective study of epidemiology and clinical features in adult patients with acute pancreatitis admitted at Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital”. The thesis was supervised by Dr. Leng Nara. The students passed with credit. The Thesis Examination Committee included Assistant Professor Duong Dararith, Dr. Bou Bonito and Dr. Pai Kosal, and was chaired by Professor Callum S. Durward.

The study confirmed that alcohol drinking, obesity and cigarette smoking are the most common risk factors for acute pancreatitis, and that epigastric pain sometimes radiating to the back, nausea and vomiting are common symptoms. Considerable increases in the serum levels of amylase and lipase are essential for the diagnosis.

On 7 September 2022, Mr. Pin Punleak, Mr. Long Seakvay and Mr. Horn Menghong successfully defended their thesis entitled “
Retrospective study of epidemiology and clinical management of acute bronchiolitis in children under two years of age at the National Pediatric Hospital”. The students also passed with credit. Their thesis was supervised by Assistant Professor Duch Moniboth and Dr. Kim Bunna. The Thesis Examination Committee, chaired by Professor Callum S. Durward, included Dr. Leak Ponleu, Dr. Noy Pisey and Dr. Prom Vireak.

The study confirmed that the highest prevalence of acute bronchiolitis is in infants less than 6 months of age, and that most children have cough, fever, difficulty in breathing, running nose, wheezing. 72% of cases were of moderate degree, while 19% were mild, and only 9% severe. 83% of children received antibiotics.

“SEAADE 2022 – Registrations are open for our dental staff and students”</h2

For the first time in the 33-year history of the South East Asian Association of Dental Education (SEAADE), the Annual Scientific Meeting will be held from 24th to 26th November 2022 at the Sokhalay Angkor Villa Resort in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

The meeting will attract dental academics, researchers and dental students from Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Philippines, Korea, Japan, India, Vietnam, UK and more. The conference fee for international participants is $150 (without accommodation). However for Cambodian participants, the fee is only $90 (without accommodation). Prices for students are even lower; $50 (without accommodation).

The registration fee includes access to the scientific program, the poolside welcome reception and the gala dinner. For those wishing to attend a pre-conference workshop, the fee is $30 for Cambodian dentists. There will also be a parallel session of IMPLANT training held over 2 days, which includes a hands on workshop on digital work flow. Please note that the early bird discount is till the end of September.

We welcome our lecturers and students to attend and to give an oral presentation (10 min) or a poster presentation on an education related topic. Those who will present would get a free registration (not including accommodation) for the conference. There are also prizes for the best presentations. Abstract Submission form link: https://forms.gle/WEUGCw4c8bN4Znhx7

It is important that lecturers and students keep up to date with trends in dental education, and continue to improve their own teaching and learning practices. This is a wonderful opportunity to expose our dental lecturers and students to the latest advances in dental education.

We hope many Cambodian dental educators (including many from UP) will join SEAADE 2022 in Siem Reap this year. Those who want to register can share their names to Asst. Prof. Soeun Sopharith – 012 350 123. More information about the conference can be found at this link: https://www.puthisastra.edu.kh/seaade/

UP and NISTI explore collaborations

On the 31st of August 2022, there was an important exploratory meeting between University of Puthisastra (UP) and National Institute of Science, Technology and Innovation (NISTI) at Building E, University of Puthisastra.

The meeting was attended by Deans and Head of Departments from UP and NISTI. Professor Ian Findlay, President and Vice-Chancellor welcomed NISTI to UP and outlined the collaboration’s common objective of becoming the leading innovative institutions in Cambodia.

H.E. Dr. Kuok Fidero, Director General, NISTI joined these comments and encouraged that key persons from both organisations start working together to look for areas of collaborations
The aim of the meeting is to seek cooperation on:
(1) Health research,
(2) Development of natural products for human health,
(3) Analysis of chemicals in food and cosmetics,
(4) Extract antioxidants from plants,
(5) Preparation of joint project proposal,
(6) Strengthening capacity of research, and
(7) Co-organize events for STI dissemination.

UP Signs MOU with Sathapana Bank

Sathapana Bank and the University of Puthisastra signed an MOU to co-organize the career fairs to provide internships, job opportunities, and knowledge sharing for students at the University of Puthisastra, Undergraduate and Postgraduate programs.

UP’s modern Learning Centre and Library

The Learning Centre houses high-speed computers with the latest software and access to a huge repository of online
resources. The Learning Centre also had brightly colored, comfortable bean bags for students to relax and their studying, do some quiet research, or hold lively discussions.

Recently, to help students to have more space to study, the library has moved bookshelves to the wall to make the reading space more spacious. At the same time, the library has set up a new computer desk that holds 10 computers in separate compartments. All computers are connected to fast Internet for students to study online.

Four meeting rooms, a Career Corner, A Learning Lounge and two meeting rooms, are still free for students. The library also provides baggage cabinets for students.

Come and Use the Library’ Services!


The 4th pharmaceutical research conference (The 4th PRC) will be held from December 05 to 06, 2022 Currently, we are calling for abstract submission. We are delighted to invite all researchers, pharmacists, academicians, and pharmacy students who are interested in sharing research findings relating to the area of pharmacy education, pharmaceutical chemistry and pharmacology,
pharmacognosy, pharmaceutical technology, clinical pharmacy,
pharmacoepidemiology, and medical biology to join us in making the 4th pharmaceutical research conference more memorable and insightful.

Following the release of “Call for Abstracts,” the submitted
abstracts will be passed through the review process by the research committee of the conference. The outstanding abstracts will be either oral or poster presentations. During the two-day event, there will be sharing sessions from invited speakers, and oral presentations will be given along with poster presentations.

This conference will be a showcase for your research achievements, so we are looking forward to seeing many brilliant findings in
December. Please send us your abstracts by November 5, 2022. Even if you do not have any research findings, you are all invited to “The 4th PRC 2022” as participants to learn more about research in various fields of pharmacy.
For more information, please contact the 4th PRC organizers, by
Phone number or telegram +855 (0) 15 970 234, +855 (0) 78 978 649, +855 (0) 87 882 149 or Email: upprc@puthisastra.edu.kh.


With the approval from Pharmacy Council of Cambodia (PCC), UP’s Faculty of Pharmacy conducted two training courses for continuing professional development (CPD) for pharmacists under the topic “Knowledge, skills and roles of pharmacists in the treatment of patients with anemia” in September via Zoom.To make the most of the CPD opportunities available for pharmacists, UP conducted the 9th UP-CPD in September on two different days and time slots.

The first session was on September 3, 2022 from 12:15 to 17:00 and the second session was on September 4, 2022 from 08:15 to 16:45. All courses were trained by Dr. SIN CHEA, Doctor of Specialized Pharmacy, Dean of Faculty of Pharmacy, UP. In total, one hundred and sixty-one people joined UP-CPD on September 3 and 4.

After completing a session, the participants who passed the post-test earned five points for their CPD.So far, UP has successfully conducted many CPD courses for Cambodian pharmacists to ensure that they continue to be proficient and competent in their profession.

Moreover, in an ever-changing world, engaging in CPD can help them prepare for the jobs of the future, while also showing their commitment to self-development and professionalism. More importantly, CPD offers them the opportunity for upskilling, regardless of where they are in their career, their age, or even their level of education.


On 25th-26th/August/2022, The Nursing Department of the University of Puthisastra (UP) had the final Technical Practice Examination for their semester to ADN-Year2, Semester2, and BSN-Year2, Semester2 nursing students.
The purpose of this exam is to help strengthen the abilities of all nursing students to practice essential clinical techniques that are required to achieve really high-quality standards and norms within nursing and nursing processes.
All nursing are required to pass a technical practice exam each semester before they can progress to a hands-on clerkship at our various partner health facilities, Our nursing students will become the next generation of leaders and role models for society and that leadership begins with their studies and clerkships with UP.
We wish our students every success in their clerkships!

Internship Activities of Medical Laboratory Technology Students

The junior students in Medical Laboratory Technology are doing their internship at the medical laboratories of Institut Pasteur du Cambodge (IPC) and Sihanouk Hospital Center of Hope. Currently, students are carefully learning and focusing on essential topics such as hematology, biochemistry, immuno-serology, microbiology, parasitology, endocrinology, mycology, and PCR molecular diagnostics in medical laboratory units of each hospital. The internship will last three months (Full Time Shift) which started from August 8, 2022, to October 29, 2022.

The Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Puthisastra will hold the 3rd Pharmacy Conference on October 22-23, 2022.

The conference brings together medical professionals from all walks of life to share and learn about their work, experiences and successes in their current workplace, and to discuss ways forward to advance the pharmaceutical profession. In Cambodia. Many speakers will be from the Ministry of Health, the private sector, community pharmacies, pharmaceutical distributors, pharmaceutical industries, educational institutions, pharmaceuticals, consumer protection institutions, NGOs, legal institutions and biomedical institutions. And we expect about 150 pharmacists to attend the event.

Purpose of this conference:
1. Share knowledge, experience, success and practice.
2. Get up-to-date information on the core abilities of millionaires to respond to the current job market.
3. Share the latest recommendations, opinions and updates to improve the professionalism in Cambodia and keep up with countries in the region and the world.
4. Provide opportunities for further professional development training for Cambodian pharmacists.
– Location: University of Puthisastra
– Participants for 2 full days and earn 10 CPD points (pending approval by the Pharmacists)

Face Painting Brings Smiles to UP Dental Students’ Faces!

UP year 2 dental students have been studying Head and Neck Anatomy this semester with Dr Cheang Pengleang, who has almost completed his Masters in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. To help learn the anatomy of the facial muscles, nerves, blood vessels, lymphatics and other structures, Dr Pengleang asked the students to paint these on the faces of their partners. The students enjoyed this hands-on activity very much, and most did a great job, amongst a lot of laughter. Body painting is used widely around the world to support anatomy learning these days, and it is good to see UP following this trend. Well done Dr Pengleang and your students!


Following a long break during Covid, UP dental students are now “back to prison!”

Every Tuesday about 15 year-5 students travel to one of the Phnom Penh prisons to provide emergency and basic dental care to hundreds of prisoners. UP has been involved in providing dental services in the prisons, alongside our NGO partner One-2-One Cambodia, for the past 8 years. Not only does the project provide a much-needed dental service for the prisoners, but it also provides our students with valuable clinical experience. At first, most students are afraid when they enter the prison for the first time, but they soon become used to it, and grow to enjoy their visits. They realize what an important service this is for those prisoners who are in pain, and unable to get any relief.

The students are supervised by Dr Limheng, our community dentistry fieldwork coordinator. One-2-One provides all the dental equipment, instruments and materials, and sends staff to oversee operations. They also obtain the necessary permissions from the Prison Department. UP makes a generous contribution each month to help the service to keep going. If any of our DDS graduates are interested in going to help supervise students in the prison on a weekly or monthly basis, please let us know.

The work is hot and at times challenging, but it does provide some rewards, as those who have been can attest to. Thank you students, Dr Limheng and One2One for keeping this important service going!

Midwife join course syllabus workshop for develop ADM program

UP’s midwifery staff have contributed expertise to update the national curriculum for about 2 years with MoH. Earlier this month, UP midwifery staff joined the syllabus workshop to updates ADM from 12th to 14th September 2022 at Kampot Province Reginal Training Center (Kampot RTC).

On Wednesday, 24th August 2022, UP’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Biotechnology, organized an online workshop on EndNote including installation, reference management system, and citation via an online).

The invited speaker for this workshop was Mr. Chea Kimhong, holding M.Eng. Environmental Technology and Management from the King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand with Mr. Be Sokkeang and Ms. Chhun Sreynich as the facilitators.

This workshop was designed to share information related to EndNote, including the installation, usage, and management of references that are useful for students in their study, research, thesis writing, or scientific papers.


Senior UP dental students are very excited about once again being able to participate in international exchange programs this year with five top universities: Khon Kaen University (Thailand), Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), UiTM (Malaysia), Universitas Indonesia and Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (India).

In the past students have travelled to KKU, UiTM and UI, but this year we have added Chulalongkorn University and the Krishna Institute for the first time. Priority has been given to year 5 and 6 students this year, and for some it will be their first time aboard.

During the exchange students will be expected to take part in classes with the overseas students, and observe in the labs and clinics. On some exchanges there is also the opportunity for cultural and sight-seeing activities.

It is usually a very beneficial experience for those who participate. UP is the only dental school in Cambodia which provides such an extensive exchange program to many countries.


Last week UP was visited by 3 members of AHHA, the Australian Health Humaritarian Aid NGO. The group included Dr William Trinh (Chairman), Dr Michele Tjeuw (Head of Dental Section) and Mr Ted Mlynarz (Executive Member). They met with the President of UP, Professor Ian Findlay, and then later with the Dental Team to discuss future cooperation. Each recipient of an AHHA Community Service Award in 2021-2022 reported on their project, and these were very well received by our visitors.

They were also interested to hear about the activities of the UP Rotaract club – as Mr Ted is involved with Rotary in Sydney and future cooperation may be possible for the “Cyclo project” or the “food for homeless project”. AHHA will continue its support at UP in 4 main ways:

1. Will send a team of dentists in 2023 to work with our students treating special needs children in the UP Dental Hospital
2. Continue their support for a poor community near Phnom Penh which they have worked with for many years – by sending groups of adults and children to the UP dental hospital for basic dental treatment by our dental students. Previously they supported a denture project for this community, with our students providing 35 complete and partial dentures for those who were missing teeth.
3. Will provide grants for new and ongoing community dental projects by our dental students (last year 4 grants were awarded)
4. Will reinstate the exchange program for dental students who can undertake a 2-week study tour to Sydney, Australia. This project was delayed by Covid but may be able to commence again in 2023.


UP dentistry has had a long association with Hiroshima University, including sending staff and students to attend conferences and scientific courses, and taking part in community dentistry activities (sponsored by the Faculty of Dentistry in Hiroshima) for children in Siem Reap province. Things however have been on hold for the past two years. Last week we were honored to have a visit from two staff from Hiroshima University, Dr Yuria Asao (from the Department of Pediatric Dentistry) and Dr Akiko Iwamoto (Department of Maxillofacial Functional Development). They were accompanied by Dr Mao Bunhak from Cambodia, who is their local project coordinator. They met with Professor Callum Durward, Dean, and Assistant Professor Soeun Sopharith, Deputy Dean. Two recent scientific publications from their Cambodian school project were shared, and they discussed the future plans for collaborative activities between Cambodia and Hiroshima, which will involve UP dental students and staff. They also highlighted their international 4-year dental program which Cambodian students from UHS have attended for the past few years.

In this program, students first undertake their Foundation Year at in Cambodia, before spending 4 years in Japan studying with other students from the region, then returning to Cambodia to complete years 6 and 7 of the Cambodian National Dental Curriculum. Self-supporting students from UP are welcome to apply to join this program.

UP ICT Joint Reverse Innovation (RI) at Decho Startup Center

Entrepreneurs usually pitch their startup ideas to corporate executives and investors. The RI program turns the tables around by having selected institution executives’ leaders share their companies’ challenges on the “Reverse Pitch Day” to seek solutions from the innovators.

University of Puthisastra Welcome to the broadcast of “Reverse Pitch Day”, Reverse Innovation program that aims to boost the potential of technological innovators in Cambodia! The 7 challenges will provide a specific goal for entrepreneurs, students and companies to find the best solution, product or service to companies fitting their demand.

UP ICT Joint Lecturer Hackathon with Smart Start

SmartStart Lecturer Hackathon (ULP Edition) is a 3 days hackathon that provides practical experiences to lecturers in creating innovative startup ideas and upskilling their teaching methodology in the entrepreneurship class. The 9 universities from all across Cambodia that will join the SmartStart Lecturer Hackathon (ULP Edition).

The new IELTS by IDP App is now live

We’re excited to share that the new IELTS by IDP app is now live! The IELTS by IDP App is our latest innovation in technology that makes it easier than ever for test takers to prepare for and book in their IELTS test and check their results, all in one place.

We encourage you to download and experience the app for yourself!

Key Features:

Book a test​:
The booking component of the app will allow new and repeat IELTS test takers to book a test quickly and easily at their most convenient time and location. If you want to book a test, please contact the UP English Dept who will help organise for you.

Prepare for a test:
The prepare component of the IELTS by IDP App brings IDP’s trusted advice and support materials to test takers, right from the convenience of their phone, including:

• Skills based learning
• Expert advice
• Articles, videos, and webinars.

Get test results:
The results component of the app will allow test takers to find their IELTS results quickly and easily and understand what their results mean for their IELTS journey.

Download the new IELTS by IDP App for free today at:
• Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.idp.ielts
• Apple Store: https://apps.apple.com/in/app/ielts-by-idp/id1623340137

If you want to book your IELTS test, you simply need to speak with the UP English Department and they will work with IELTS to organise your test registration.

IELTS provides all test takers with over 200 hours of free online IELTS Preparation courses to help boost their scores.

Prince Manor Resort Offers Special Prices to UP

Prince Manor which covering an area of 136,000 square meters with a greening rate of 88% is the first Phnom Penh City Park project built by Prince Culture and Tourism Development Co.,Ltd.

Recently, Prince Manor Resort and the University of Puthisastra have signed a collaboration agreement that would allow both sides to benefit from a number of initiatives. This agreement is yet another milestone in UP’s ongoing efforts to support and promote community well-being.

If you are a UP student, staff member, or alumni, you are welcome to invite friends or family to unwind and relieve stress throughout the weekend. Numerous amenities, including Water Park, Classic Rides, a Ferris Wheel, and Go-Karts, are available to you at extremely reasonable rates.

Show your ID Card to get the discount, and if you go as a big group, please make a reservation at 093 931 555.