By Krista Bradley
Paul W. Heng, president of Unigen Corp. and an Ohio University alumnus, has committed $30,000 to the university's Global Leadership Center (GLC) to support a partnership with the University of Cambodia.
Heng earned a master's in business administration from Ohio University in 1987. His gift will fund the Paul W. Heng-Unigen Scholarship, which will send six Ohio University student, faculty or staff ambassadors to Cambodia over a two-year period to assist the University of Cambodia with the development of its Asian Leadership Center, which is modeled after the GLC.
Unigen is an international corporation specializing in the design and manufacture of OEM memory, DC-DC power converter, wired and wireless communication and flash solutions. Its United Stated headquarters are in Fremont, Calif.
Kao Kim Hourn, president of the University of Cambodia, said the gift has helped to strengthen the relationship between the University of Cambodia and Ohio University.
"I am indeed delighted to see the growing ties between the University of Cambodia and Ohio University," Kao said. "UC has so much to learn from OU, and the Paul Heng Scholarship has made it possible for UC and OU to collaborate on the exchange of interns. I am fully confident that UC-OU cooperation will continue to expand and deepen in the years to come."
While scholarship recipients do not have to be directly affiliated with the GLC, they must demonstrate the expertise and interest to contribute to the Asian Leadership Center's growth, said GLC Director Greg Emery, AB '82, MA '84, MBA '98.
"The University of Cambodia is very young and very new," Emery said. "It has many needs, and the fund is a way for Ohio University to offer its expertise."
The Asian Leadership Center is expected to launch in March 2009. A celebration of the new center in October 2008 will coincide with the fourth Asia Economic Forum, to be held at the University of Cambodia.
GLC graduate assistant David Derstine is working at the University of Cambodia for four months as the scholarship fund's first ambassador. His role is to assist the University of Cambodia with increasing its public profile and student enrollment by developing curricula and planning leadership models and conferences.
Heng, who said he is proud of the GLC's work in Cambodia, decided to make the gift after attending an Ohio University alumni "global homecoming" in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in August 2006, at which he met Emery. Emery was subsequently awarded Fulbright Senior Specialist status in business administration by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars and the U.S. State Department.
The Fulbright funding allowed Emery to travel to the University of Cambodia to begin work on the Asian Leadership Center. While in Cambodia, Emery led seminars and workshops, took part in specialized academic programs and conferences, consulted on faculty development, developed and assessed curricula, and conducted teacher-training activities.
The Paul W. Heng-Unigen Scholarship Fund will help the GLC to support the goals of the Vision OHIO strategic plan by increasing the university's prominence in Southeast Asia and expanding partnerships between Ohio University and the University of Cambodia.
Ambassadors are chosen through a competitive process. Emery encourages individuals interested in higher education administration and Southeast Asia to contact the GLC.
To learn more about the Global Leadership Center, visit www.ohiou.edu/glc.
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