Published on June 19, 2020 Updated on June 19, 2020
on the 5 May 2020

Three Cambodian students from the Bachelor of Law and the Bachelor of Economics and Management of the Université Lumière Lyon 2 at the Royal University of Law and Economic Sciences (URDSE) in Phnom Penh, were awarded an Eiffel Excellence Scholarship.

The laureates

Two of them will join the Julie-Victoire Daubié Faculty of Law at the beginning of the 2020 academic year to study for a Master's degree in Private Law and Business Law. The third will join the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Management to study for a Master's degree in Labour Economics and Human Resources.
The Eiffel scholarships
Funded by the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Eiffel scholarship program aims to attract the best international students by enabling them to study for a Master's or Doctorate in France. In addition to a monthly stipend, students are entitled to cover the costs of travel to France from their country of origin, among other things. The Eiffel program gives priority to candidates from emerging countries in four major fields of study, including law, economics and management and political science.
Each year, our university issues a call for applications to international students, then selects the best applications and submits them to Campus France, the organisation that manages the program. For the 2020 session, our institution presented 14 applications, 3 of which were admitted.
For several years now, students of Cambodian origin from the Bachelor's degree in Law and Economics and Management delocalized in Phnom Penh have been laureates of the Eiffel Scholarship Program. These results testify to the quality of this training program, which exists since 1997 and whose main objective is to train Cambodian administrative executives holding positions in Cambodian government bodies in particular. This program is also part of a desire to strengthen the Francophonie in this part of the world.
Testimony of a laureate
Chouleang UY
Chouleang UY - lauréate bourse Eiffel

Chouleang UY is 22 years old and was born in the village of Battambang, in the west of Cambodia.
What is your academic background?

C. U. : After obtaining my baccalaureate in 2016 in Battambang, I continued my university studies in Phnom Penh. Currently, I am a student in the final year of a bachelor's degree in French law at the Université Lumière Lyon 2, relocated to Phnom Penh, and at the same time a final year student in Cambodian law at the Royal University of Law and Economics. Having recently obtained an Eiffel scholarship for excellence, I will then continue my studies in "Master 1 Private Law and Master 2 Contract Law and Practice" at the Université Lumière Lyon 2 in France.

Why did you apply for the Eiffel scholarship program, what do you expect from it?

C. U. : Indeed, from time to time I think about what my professional life would be like in a few years and I imagine it to be so perfect, but only if I could have continued my studies abroad, especially in France because I am francophone. In order to make my dream come true, I seized the opportunity to apply for the Eiffel Scholarship program. As an Eiffel scholarship student, I am convinced that this path will allow me to further my studies under the best conditions and to be able to devote myself totally to my goal: obtaining the diploma that will then allow me to get into the working life.

What is your career plan after your Master's degree?

C. U. : I am very motivated to continue my postgraduate studies in Contract Law and Practice, as this training would allow me to develop legal skills applicable in my country. I would therefore like to deepen my knowledge of private law and join a research team in this field.
I would then like to establish myself in Cambodia in order to develop notarial activity there. I am convinced that I will become a highly competent lawyer specializing in private law with  solid knowledge allowing me to contribute to the development of the legal system in my country. I would like to pass on my acquired knowledge to future lawyers through teaching.

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