Ngo Lyheang/ Nanhua University

From : Cambodia
Major : Business Administration


I’m from Cambodia. I have started my basic education since I was 6-year-olds at the local government school for 12 years, but it’s different from what it seems. Due to my Chinese family background, my parents let me study two more languages as additional language-English and Chinese language. When I finished my diploma, I chose BELTEI International University to continue my university study. Moreover, I am differentiated among a lot of students that I can use 3 languages as my additional skill for communicating with foreigner, so it allows me to know myself more clearer that I have my potential in me. Having a definite interest is vital point to understanding who I am; I have decided to find myself first, so I decided to work as a Marketing Executive at Duty Free Group so that I get to meet various people in different fields and learn a lot about Traveling Market in Cambodia. At the beginning of my career, I found that it’s hard for me to meet an unknown person and to cooperate with them in the company that I work for. Even it’s hard for the first time, but my passion and patience will drive me to go further, so I tried for about two months to get used to the working process because I’m a fast learner. In addition, my workplace requires me to use multi-languages to communicate as the main communication-Chinese, English, Khmer. Base on my self-development in this company in the short time with the first time of starting career, my senior and other managers also accepted and satisfied with my serious commitment. After I was employed for two years, I started to consider to study master degree to gain more my personal credit. Finally, I have passed my scholarship for Master Degree at Nanhua University in Taiwan.


1. What made you decide to study in Taiwan?

The main force that shapes my mind to come to study in Taiwan is my passion to study abroad. My future plan is to pursue my Master degree abroad, and my passion for seeking knowledge is not ended. As I know, Taiwan is one of the ‘Four Asian Tigers’ in term of economy. At the same time, Nanhua University gives a lot of opportunities for foreign students to study in Taiwan. Study environment is the second reason that attracts me to study in Taiwan because I want to study new things include culture, standard living, and business idea from foreigners. Moreover, it would be easy for me to practice both Chinese and English with foreigner. Personal development is also the factor that I want to study here because I think that study here would be a good choice for me to learn knowledge and gain experience in foreign countries at the same time.

2.  Briefly tell us about the program you are studying. What subjects are you studying? What have you enjoyed the most in your studies?

I am studying in Master Degree Program with the subject of Management Science. The subject that I am studying in this semester is Strategic Management, Business Ethics, Financial Management, Market Analysis, E-Commerce, and Investment. I enjoy having a culturally diversified environment at the university because my classmates come from Vietnam, Mongolia, India…, etc. Professors are very kind and helpful for students and they also have a strong academic background to deliver the knowledge to students. The class environment is very interesting because our classmates often exchange idea with professors and each other during the class.

3. How is studying in Taiwan when compared to studying and being a student in your home country? (Teaching Quality、Environment、School Equipment、Laboratory or others)

When I come to study in Taiwan, there are quite a few differences between Taiwan and my country. The city, and community environment in Taiwan are full of nature, which indicates that this country must take care of nature. My university, Nanhua University, does, too, as it’s ranked 83rd Green University in the World in2017. University also focuses on the nature, and it has constructed in the Mountain fully of trees and flowers. School equipment are also good for student to study, and it also provides the extra accessed to learning materials for student to study, like library, discussion room…, etc. Thus, students have enough resources to conduct research in their study.

4.  What has been the most difficult part about applying to study in Taiwan? How did you overcome the difficulty?

The most difficult part of applying to study in Taiwan is applying for Visa because my country doesn’t have Taiwan embassy to apply for visa, so I must go to Vietnam to apply for the visa. Thus, I must make sure that all document that I need to submit to Taiwan Embassy in Hochiminh must be complete as required. If I miss any documents, I must return to Cambodia to complete it again. I am so lucky that my Cambodia friend who went to study in Taiwan before me also recommend and guide me to go through the process of applying Visa for Taiwan.

5.  What do you plan to do after you have finish your studies in Taiwan? Would you like to stay in Taiwan?  Why? 

When I return to Cambodia after receiving my degree I will share all the knowledge I have obtained, allowing the youngster to have an insight of international business, and I also use all my knowledge and idea that I explore from here to be one part to develop my country. There is no better place than home, so I think that I would not stay in Taiwan, but I will often come to Taiwan. Taiwan has a lot of things to study and discover, and I can seek for the business ideas and views from this country to help me deal with my future career.

6.  How do you think studying in Taiwan can benefit you in your future career?

Studying in Taiwan will help me to gain more new ideas and knowledge because I see that there are many different ideas from my country. I have found that there are new business and potential ideas that will bring me to adopt in my country, and I can also introduce the business in my country if it works in Taiwan. Moreover, I will also bring knowledge to my country if I want to start my own career. I can also learn the way how Taiwanese people work, and their commitment to work, and then adapt it to make it work in my country.

7.  What do you see as your key achievements when studying in Taiwan?

The key achievements when I studying in Taiwan is my study credit and work experience in Taiwan. I also want to show off that there are a lot of students in Cambodia who have potential and are great in studying, and our country has a lot of students who can speak multi-languages-Native language, Chinese, English…, etc. Working experience overseas is also a wonderful experience because it teaches us how to adapt the way of how foreigners commit to working with the different concepts. I think that work and study in Taiwan will be big achievement that I must complete here.

8. What advice do you have for other interested overseas students who want to come to Taiwan to study?

Studying in your hometown is good but studying and learning the new thing abroad would be great. You already know the way your local people think, but you need to discover the new thoughts and environment that are far from your hometown in order to seek for the new ideas and knowledge.


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