カンボジアには、それまでいくつかの国立大学がありましたが、政治・経済・文化系の総合大学はありませんでした。そこで、同国の次期世代のリーダー達を育成するために、「カンボジアのハーバード大学」をめざし、 2003 年に設立されたのがカンボジア大学です。同大学は、国際レベルの MA や Ph.D を取得できるカンボジアでトップレベルの大学でもあります。
この大学の設立に際し、半田晴久は初代総長の就任を依頼されました。語学力や高い学識に加え、 CICP （国立カンボジア平和協力研究所）における２度の英語での講座が評価され、また、カンボジアの貧困者のために、 11 年以上もの間、病院や学校を造り、孤児院などを支援してきた実績が評価され、懇請されて就任したものといいます。
- Opening Remarks by Dr. Haruhisa Handa (Founding Chairman, Asia Economic Forum; Chancellor, University of Cambodia; and Founder and President, International Foundation for Arts and Culture) at the Third Asia Economic Forum on “Leadership Needs and Challenges in the Twenty-First Century: Asian Perspectives” at Inter-Continental Hotel, Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia, 2-5 April 2007
- Opening Remarks by Dr. Haruhisa Handa (Chancellor, The University of Cambodia) at the Commencement of the Third Annual Session of The University of Cambodia, 18 September 2007
- Opening Remarks of Dr. Haruhisa Handa (Chancellor, The University of Cambodia; Founder and President, International Foundation for Arts and Culture) at the Launch of Asian Faith-Development Dialogue and Conference on “Building Peace and Harmony in Asia Through Inter-Faiths Dialogue and Development” at Hotel Cambodiana, Phnom Penh, 22 December 2006
- Remarks by Dr. Haruhisa Handa (Leader of WorldMate) at the Distribution of Monies of th "Dr. Handa Compensation and Memorial Fund for the Victims of the Khmer Rouge Genocide", Kampong Speu Province, 24 April 2006
- Opening Speech of Dr. Handa (Chancellor, University of Cambodia; President and Founder, International Foundation for Arts and Culture; Leader, WorldMate) at the Second Annual Human Rights Conference on “Towards a Cambodian National Human Rights Commission: Building a Consensus and Exploring Possibilities" at the University Of Cambodia Conference Centre, 12 July 2005
- Opening Remarks by Dr. Haruhisa Handa (Chancellor, The University of Cambodia) at the First Asia Economic Forum "The Future of Asia: The First East Asia Summit and Its Implications for Asia and the World" at Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh, 24-25 October 2005
- Closing Remarks By Dr. Toshu Fukami (Chancellor, The University of Cambodia)
- OPENING SPEECH OF DR. TOSHU FUKAMI CHANCELLOR, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBODIA PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER, INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR ARTS AND CULTURE, AND WORLD MATE LEADER AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON “HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEVELOPMENT IN CAMBODIA:A DECADE OF PROGRESS AND CHALLENGES” AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBODIA CONFERENCE CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBODIA PHNOM PENH, 17 DECEMBER 2004
- SPEECH OF DR TOSHU FUKAMI CHANCELLOR, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBODIA PRESIDENT, INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR ARTS AND CULTURE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBODIA PHNOM PENH, 23 DECEMBER 2003
- Address of Dr. Toshu Fukami Chancellor of the University of Cambodia and Chairman and Founder of the International Foundation for Arts and Culture At the University of Cambodia on the Launching of the Virtual Library 1 November 2004
- Address of Dr. Toshu Fukami Chancellor of the University of Cambodia and Chairman and Founder of the International Foundation for Arts and Culture At the University of Cambodia on the Books Launch 1 November 2004
- CLOSING REMARKS OF DR. TOSHU FUKAMI CHANCELLOR, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBODIA, AND CHAIRMAN AND FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR ARTS AND CULTURE AT THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON “CAMBODIA’S HIGHER EDUCATION TODAY: ENHANCING QUALITY AND BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS” AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBODIA PHNOM PENH, 30 APRIL 2004
- INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR ARTS AND CULTURE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBODIA PHNOM PENH, 23 DECEMBER 2003
- Remarks of Dr. Toshu Fukami Chancellor of the University of Cambodia
H.E.Dr. HARUHISA HANDA
When I first visited Cambodia in 1994, I was reminded very much of the atmosphere of Japan right after the Second World War. Everything had been destroyed – not just buildings and institutions but also the spirit of the nation. Most serious of all, there was a lack of hope.
Since then, I have come back to Cambodia almost every year to look after some of the projects our members from World Mate and B.C. Consulting have supported: to provide health care to the poor and education to the disadvantaged, such as orphans, and building schools in the rural areas.
What has struck me on each visit here is the rapid progress I have witnessed toward the reconstruction and rehabilitation of a country that has suffered so much misery and misfortune.
It has been dramatic to see the restoration of the beautiful boulevards to their former elegance; the reconstruction of highways and bridges; electrification and water systems operating normally as in any capital; the development of a working telephone system, an attractive and efficient new airport and even state-of-the-art Internet systems. This is such a far cry from what I experienced in 1994.
But most impressive of all has been to see the return of hope and the will for self-advancement that is all around us. One cannot fail but to notice that Cambodians are in a hurry to make up for lost time in education; and to continuously raise their level of knowledge and thereby create new opportunities for themselves. All over the capital and in the provinces, you can see young people eager to learn – to learn English, to learn computer skills, to study management skills, accounting, law, as well as science and literature. After a hard day’s work in an office or shop, they rush not home but to educational centres to better themselves. The high value that all Cambodians place on education is the greatest asset that this country possesses.
This spirit of learning reminds me very much of postwar Japan where a phoenix rose out of the ashes. As a driving force emerging out of Cambodia’s re-birth, I believe that the University of Cambodia will play a key role in sustaining and adding further momentum to Cambodia’s rise from the ruins of her recent traumatic past, to a state reminiscent of that exemplified by the ruins of her more glorious past.
Under the inspired guidance of Dr. Kao Kim Hourn, a most capable, learned and dedicated scholar, I am sure that the University of Cambodia will become a major academic institution in this region, and help people benefit from the realization that knowledge is power, and the pen is mightier than the sword.