Q. What is your research topic?
A. The Determinants of Commune/Sangkat Councilors’ Accountability in the Context of Decentralization Reforms in Cambodia.
Q. Why did you choose the ASCI to study?
A. The reason I chose the ASCI to study, because this program provides me scholarship to pursue my study without schooling, and I am able to pursue my work at the same time. On the other hand, I am still with my family.
Q. What are the advantages and disadvantages of ASCI to study?
A. Advantages: 1.) Opportunity to extend academic degree and knowledge 2.) Greater opportunity to be promoted at work place 3.) All in the answer of the question above. Disadvantages: Frankly, one main disadvantage of the program, the students cannot receive scholarship for daily expense. As you know, the government officer in developing countries usually do not get highly paid. Therefore, studying this program without support with low monthly salary is very hard. It is required a strong commitment (both study and family) and good financial management to support family living standard.
Q. What is your greatest achievement during your PhD course?
A. To me, I got great experiences and knowledge in academic life. I got papers published which I have never had before studying PhD. Especially, I got the highest academic degree which is PhD in life. Furthermore, after graduation, I gain a lot of trust from my management, and I have been promoted to higher position as expected. Frankly, I am not smart to learn, but I am disciplined. PhD study really influences me to be disciplined. I still believe that being disciplined can gain more successes than just being smart.
Q. What are your career goals?
A. To be a good public officer and public policy makers to in improving quality of citizen’s lives in my country.
Q. Please advise PhD students who study in the ASCI program.
A. I have no much advice, but being a PhD student, Be Disciplined! Never have a reason for being behind the deadline. Time management is very important in learning PhD, especially for ASCI program, because we have to learn and work at the same time. Being a PhD student, you need to remember that read and read. The more you read, the better knowledge you have to make your research topic sound and rational. Please work closely with your main supervisor.