Dewey International University, Cambodia

Full name in the national language សាកលវិទ្យាល័យអន្តរជាតិ ឌូវី
Acronym ស.អ.ឌ. (DIU)
Institutional project coordinator Mr. Raksmey Meas
Telephone (+855)12 311 810

DIU was licensed by the Royal Government of Cambodia through Sub-decree No.16 dated January 20, 2011 signed by Hun Sen, the Prime Minister of Cambodia. We are the first university in Cambodia created with strong support from three countries: Cambodia, the United States of America and Germany. DIU is being supported both materially and technically by many other countries around the world. DIU is the first and only university devoted to “Learning by Doing” based on community service learning, and the first and only university with a solid emphasis on research. The purpose of this student-centered learning is to emphasize critical thinking and problem solving, rather than just memorizing facts out of a book. Students and teachers work side-by-side on research and on consultancy projects. DIU’s Foreign Language Academy (FLA) and International Bachelor’s Degree programme will allow students to study in other countries, using student exchange programs established by our international faculty with its wide range of contacts with universities around the world. Students from all social and economic backgrounds will want to join with DIU in forming what the famous educator John Dewey called a “Learning Community”. Our faculties include the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Languages, the Faculty of Mathematics and Sciences, the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Faculty of Education, and the Faculty of Business Management. DIU is a private university located in Battambang province (northwestern Cambodia) where it will continue to increase its leadership and its recognition both nationally and internationally through its capacity building for human capital, especially in the fields of community development, creativity and research. The total number of students registered at the institution is about 600, attending the 5 programmes delivered in DIU. Currently, DIU is emphasizing TESOL, IT, Banking and Finance, Accounting, and STEM subjects.

Dr. Raymond A. Zepp is the President of DIU. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Oberlin College, a Master’s Degree in Mathematics from the University of Cincinnati, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from the Ohio State University. He was selected a prestigious Fulbright Professor to the Ivory Coast in Africa in 1982. He has taught in developing countries for the past 30 years, including 12 years in Africa, and ten years in the Asia-Pacific region (Macau, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, and Micronesia). Dr. Zepp has authored over 40 books, and has written over 100 journal articles, research papers, and international conference presentations in the field of education, mathematics, psycholinguistics, and travel, including “Experiencing Cambodia” and the well known “The Cambodia Less Traveled” and “Around Battambang”. 

Dr Nee Measis a Senior Technical Advisor for Research and Academic Affairs at DIU. Nee Meas has received an academic award as International Social Work from La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, with a focus on “Social Development in the Post-Conflict Situation”. Over the past 15 years, Nee Meas has been working as university lecturer, facilitator, and lead research studies across the fields ranging from community development, natural resources management, policy reviews, education and social development. Program evaluation, organizational development and capacity building have also been part of Nee’s carriers and interests. At DIU, at present role as Senior Technical Advisor, Nee has a role to provide technical and advisory support to DIU Academic Affairs, in their efforts to build the capacity of post-graduate students to acquire their academic skills in thesis writing. Besides these personal carriers, Nee Meas also wrote books: 1) Towards Restoring Life in Cambodian Villages; 2 Understand Cambodian Village Beyond thenWars; 3) Learning for Transformations; 4) Road to Development: A Study on Development Trends and Practices in Cambodia. Nee’s work also involve in numerous teaching and facilitating of workshops, conferences, organizational retreats for non-governmental organizations (NGOs), businesses and governmental institutions, and as invited key note speakers for local and international workshop and conferences.

Mr. Chhum Puthe is the Acting Dean for Faculty of Business Management, Dewey International University. He was awarded a fully 2 years scholarship in English and Khmer Language Teaching to State Secondary School Students in 2003, from Cambodian Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education majoring in English for Communication from University of Management and Economic, a Master’s Degree in Business Management from University of Battambang. He has taught in his Cambodian country for 15 years, including Secondary Schools, High Schools, and Universities. Mr. Puthe has written a research paper for his Master’s Degree requirement and attended many national conferences in the field of education.