TROY, Ala.—Troy University students will have the opportunity to learn about the culture of Cambodia during spring semester as the College of Education will play host to a visiting scholar from Phom Penh, according to Dr. Lance Tatum, dean of education.
Dr. Tatum said Venerable Kou Sopheap, a Buddhist monk from Pannasastra University of Cambodia, will study and lecture on the Troy campus beginning in January. Sopheap will deliver lectures on religion, philosophy, education and the history of Southeast Asia.
“We are always seeking ways to broaden the horizons of our students and to underscore the fact that the world is a much larger place than Southeast Alabama, “ Dean Tatum said. “I am sure that few of our students from the United States have met someone from Cambodia, so this will be a tremendous learning experience about another part of the world.”
In addition, Sopheap will enroll in several courses at TROY to learn about the U.S. education in order to aid the rebuilding of the educational system in his native land, which suffered decades of civil war and the totalitarian regime of Pol Pot, during which 1.5 million Cambodians died from execution, starvation or forced hardship.
Sopheap will study curriculum development, education management and educational leadership during his tenure at TROY. He will also work with students in the Institute of Leadership Studies at Troy University.
Sopheap has a bachelor’s degree in management from Build Bright University and a diploma in English from Pannasastra University of Cambodia. He received his certificate in Buddhist Primary Education in 2003.
Pronunciation: Kou (Coo) Sopheap (SOP-hep)