College of Staten Island
 The City University of New York

International Projects and Programs
 Visiting Scholars from Cambodia

Ms. Sumana Bounchan and Ms. Nary Tao
Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Center for International Service
College of Staten Island/CNUY
June 1 – Friday, August 15 2003


This program brought two Cambodian staff members from the Royal University of Phnom Penh, the only national university in Cambodia, to the College of Staten Island to study American language, culture and higher education. The visitors studied at the English Language Institute, observed classes at CSI, explored NYC and lived in local homestays for the summer.

These young staff members represent the hope for the future of Cambodia, a country devastated by poverty and genocide under the rule of the Khmer Rouge. Today, with the development of democratic institutions and the attention of the international community, "capacity building" is dependent on the expansion and improvement of education, at all levels.

The Center for International Service is currently exploring collaboration with the Royal University in which faculty and staff from both institutions will have opportunities to participate in on-going exchange. These are our first international visitors from Cambodia, where few have the opportunity to study or travel abroad.

While at the College of Staten Island, they will attend English courses from the English Language Institute, meet with various communities, and participate in various educational, social and cultural activities in the New York City area. They reside with local host families and participate in the everyday life of the community. Coordination of activities and support is provided by the Center for International Service. For more information, contact Ann Helm, Barbara Clark or Winnie Brophy at the Center (718- 982 2100).


Ms. Nary TAO (24)
Ms. Nary Tao graduated from the Institute of Foreign Languages in 2000 and received a Bachelor of Education. She is currently a lecturer of English in the English Support Unit at the Royal University. The purpose of her visit was to get to know about American culture and society. Her hobbies include reading and “surfing the web” which is related to her job. She likes watching movies and listening to music.

Ms. Sumana BOUNCHAN (23)
Ms. Sumana Bounchan received her Bachelor of Teaching English from the Institute of Foreign Languages (IFL) in 2001. She has been an English teacher at the English Language Support Unit at the Royal University since she graduated. She is currently a Student Records Coordinator at the Unit. While at CSI, she improved her writing and public speaking. She loves jogging, hiking, listening to music and reading.