Co-Directors’ Welcome Speech

Dear His Excellencies, Her Excellencies, Ladies, Gentlemen, and Students.

Warm greetings from the Confucius Institute at National University of Battambang (CINUBB)!

We would like to take great pleasure in recommending the Confucius Institute at National University of Battambang (CINUBB) to you. CINUBB is a non-profit educational institution jointly established by National University of Battambang (NUBB), Cambodia and Guilin University of Electronic Technology (GUET), China.

The main tasks of Confucius Institute include: Carrying out Chinese language teaching; Training local Chinese teachers and providing Chinese teaching resources; Carrying out Chinese language tests and Chinese teacher certification; Providing information consultation on Chinese education and culture; Carrying out language and cultural exchanges between China and Cambodia.

Since its inauguration in December 2019, CINUBB has established a Chinese language curriculum system featuring “long, short, specialized and professional courses”, and trained a large number of practical Chinese language talents for all walks of life in Cambodia. CINUBB will continue to provide you with standardized and authoritative Chinese teaching resources and textbooks, and with the most formal, the most major Chinese teaching channels. Welcome to learn Chinese language at CINUBB at any time!

Dr. Sam Rany and Prof. Dr. Yi Yongzhong

  1. Governing Structure of CINUBB
  2. Based on the agreement between Confucius Institute Headquarter and University of Battambang on the Establishment of Confucius Institute at University of Battambang in 2019, CINUBB has the Board of Directors as following members:  

National University of Battambang

  1. – His Excellency Sok Khorn, Rector of the National University of Battambang as a Co-President of BoD of CINUBB
  2. – Dr. Sam Rany, Vice Rector and Co-Director of Confucius Institute at NUBB as a member
  3. – Mr. Tep Neavea, Vice Rector of National University of Battambang as a member
  4. – Mr. Nhean Voithna, Acting Director of the Institute of Foreign Languages ​​as a member

Picture 1: Cambodian counterpart, NUBB

Guilin University of Electronic Technology (GUET)

  1. Prof. Xu Huarui, President and Co-President of Board of Directors of Confucius Institute
  2. Prof. Nie Hui, Vice President as a Member of the Board of Directors
  3. Prof. Wang Yue, Director of International Cooperation Office as a Member
  4. Prof. Deng Yanzhen, Vice Dean of Faculty of International as a Member
  5. Prof. Dr. Yi Yongzhong, Co-Director of Confucius Institute at NUBB as a member

Picture 2: Chinese counterpart, GUET

The Official Opening Ceremony of CINUBB

Picture 3. H. E. Sor Sokha has presided over the official opening ceremony on December 26, 2019

National University of Battambang officially celebrated the official inauguration of Confucius Institute on Thursday, 26 December 2019. The institute is located at the National University of Battambang campus. The inauguration ceremony was presided over by H.E. Sar Sokha, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, represented by Academician Hang Chuon Naron, minister of Education, Youth and Sport. Confucius Institute of University of Battambang is jointly established by National University of Battambang (NUBB) and Guilin University of Electronic Technology (GUET). There are two co-directors: Cambodian director is Dr. Sam Rany, and Chinese director is professor Dr. Wang Jianian.

Confucius Institute at the University of Battambang has four main objectives: first, to teach Chinese to the general public in northwestern part of Cambodia, secondly to train Chinese teachers, to prepare Chinese language exams, and to certify Chinese language teachers. Third, to consult on Chinese social, economic, cultural, and education, and fourth to provide Jointed-PhD program in China and to award a Young Leadership Fellowship. H.E. Sar Sokha mentioned the diplomatic relations between Cambodia and China, which began on 19 July 1958, with the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk founding with Chinese leaders.

This path of communication has continued to be strengthened and expanded under the wise leadership of Prime Minister Hun Sen and has become a strategic and comprehensive link to being good friends, neighbors, brothers and partners. H.E. Sar Sokha also mentioned the reform of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport for physical education and sports in preparation for the SEA Games in 2023, which Cambodia will host. Significantly, the Cambodian sports industry has been steadily improving; for example, athletes have been steadily gaining medals in recent SEA Games.

H.E. Uk Sarun, under-secretary of state, a representative of H.E. Prak Sokhonn, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has highlighted that Cambodia and China have a longstanding relationship since 13th century when Chinese envoy, Mr. Zhou Daguan, who visited Angkor for studying Khmer civilization in 1296–1297. When he returned to China, he wrote his dairy notebook that were crucial documents for the Cambodian history. He said that, the most remarkable relationship is, Prince Norodom Sihanouk and former prime minister Zhou Enlai had a first meeting in the Asian-African Conference in Bandung, Indonesia in 1955. This first meeting reached to exchange official visits of highest leaders of our two countries in 1956, and established Cambodia and China diplomatic relations on 19 July 1958. From that time, our two leaders has strived to maintain strong relationship and development and reach to set up “a comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation Cambodia –China” on 13 December 2010.

H.E. Zuo Wen-xing, Charge d’Affairs of China’s Embassy to Cambodia stated that Confucius is a great thinker and educator in ancient China. Confucius’ Confucianism has had a profound impact on the development of Chinese civilization for more than 2000 years, and it is an important part of Chinese traditional culture.

“The Confucius Institute, named after Confucius, not only has distinct Chinese characteristics, but also carries the good desire of China to strengthen cultural exchanges with the world and inherit the friendship between China and the people of all countries in the world.”

Since the establishment of the first Confucius Institute in the world more than ten years ago, the construction of Confucius Institute has developed rapidly. So far, 162 countries and regions have set up 550 Confucius Institutes and 1172 Confucius classrooms in primary and secondary schools. There are 69 countries In the United States, there are more than 2.8 million Chinese students; in the United Kingdom, there are 200,000 Chinese students in more than 5200 primary and secondary schools, according to Zuo Wen-xing.

She also stated that the establishment of Confucius Institute at University of Battambang will certainly play a positive role in enhancing mutual learning between Chinese and Cambodian civilizations, deepening the friendship between the two peoples, close cooperation in the fields of culture and education between the two countries, and making important contributions to inheriting the brotherly friendship between the peoples of China and Cambodia.

Dr. Ma Jianfei, deputy chief executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters has sent a congratulatory message to the Confucius Institute at the University of Battambang. He noted that both China and Cambodia have a long history and splendid civilizations, and the friendship between the two countries have been enhanced with the passage of time.

“Cambodia is one of the first countries to respond to the “Belt and Road” Initiative. China and Cambodia are strengthening their mutual political trust and expanding pragmatic cooperation in various fields,” he said.

“Cambodia has become China’s important trading partner and investment target country in Southeast Asia. Cambodia has become a major trading partner of China and is one of the target countries for business investment in all sectors in Southeast Asia,” he added.

Dr. Ma Jianfei hoped that the two universities will give full play to their respective advantages, cooperate sincerely and work together to consolidate the foundation of Chinese language teaching, carry out varied cultural activities, and strive to make the Confucius Institute a bridge for education, cultural exchanges and cooperation between the two countries, promoting mutual understanding and cementing the friendship between the people of China and Cambodia.

It should be reminded that Confucius Institute of the University of Battambang is the second institute in the Kingdom of Cambodia, which was approved by the Headquarter Confucius Institute at the end of 2018 after the Confucius Institute at the Royal Academy of Cambodia established in 2009. Confucius Institute of the University of Battambang will open to all students from Battambang with official enrollment from 2020. These majors such as Chinese, along with Information Technology, E-commerce, Tourism, Law, Engineering, and Agriculture.

Teaching Staff of CINUBB

Currently, there are 2 professors, 2 associate professors, 3 lecturers and 4 teaching assistants (11 in total) in Confucius Institute, including 2 doctors, 4 masters and 5 bachelors. All of them are excellent teachers who have been sent to work in Confucius Institute after rigorous examination and selection by Chinese universities. They all have valuable professional dedication. The current co-director of Confucius Institute are Dr. Sam Rany, Vice Rector of NUBB, and Prof. Wang Jianian.

Chinese Courses Offered by CINUBB

CINUB offers various Chinese courses at different levels all year round, which include HSK Standard Courses 1-6Great Wall Chinese 1-6Chinese GrammarLearn Chinese with MeHappy ChineseBusiness ChineseTourism ChineseThree Common Senses of Chinese Culture, History and Geography, etc. Most courses are offered in evenings or at weekends by the native Chinese teachers. Thanks to such a flexible program schedule, all the students with capacity are able to apply to learn 1 or more courses at the same level. Anyone who is interested in Chinese language and culture is welcome to study at CINUB. Please search “CINUB” in Facebook to learn more information or visit to apply for registration.

The academic year in CINUB is divided into two parts as follows:
Semester 1: March 1—July 31 (5 months in total).
Semester 2: September 1—next January 30 (5 months in total)

School-Running Conditions

The area of CINUBB is 750 square meters with 4 special classrooms (including one Smart Classroom), 1 small library, 1 research institute, 1 teaching archive room, 1 meeting room and 2 offices in it. All sites for study and research are equipped with computers and air conditioners. What’s more, CINUBB is equipped with a 24-square- meter LED display and a professional stage sound system (in the conference hall of NUBB) so that it owns the hardware facilities to undertake large-scale literary and artistic activities.

Dr. SAM Rany
Vice Rector, National University of Battambang and Co-director of CINUBB
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: +855 10 646 680