Kandal province, Cambodia
Hong Kong Baptist University
MA in International Journalism Studies
Work & internships
Employer: Hinrich Foundation
Position: Export Consultant
Work duration: 1 year
Awards & citations
Hinrich Foundation Global Trade Leaders Scholarship (2015)
Previous university & major(s)
University of Cambodia – Bachelor Degree in Law (2014)
Alumnus – Class of 2015
Read my story here
My first thought when I learned I was awarded this scholarship
“Finally, I got it,” I closed my eyes, smiled, clenched my fist and repeated this in my mind when I was confirmed to be the only successful candidate from Cambodia to win Hinrich Foundation Global Trade Leaders Scholarship to pursue my master’s degree in Hong Kong. I have dreamed to study overseas, but I never thought I could do it due to financial issue. Therefore, being provided with this marvelous opportunity not only helps alleviate my financial burden to take my postgraduate study aboard but also open up a promising career path.
Why I’m interested in trade
Trade caught my interest when I worked as a news reporter for social and economic issues at Cambodian News Channel TV for one year. When I was interviewed for the scholarship, I also realized that my internship placement in-between studies was about helping disable and underprivileged people in Cambodia by promoting and selling their handmade products to the global buyers. This emphasized my interest and belief in international trade that it can both help boost the economic growth and improve social well-beings. Therefore, I can contribute to my local community by actively learning about trade and developing my trade career.
What this scholarship opportunity means to me
Receiving the scholarship to pursue higher education in the school of journalism at Asian peer ranking university is a long term investment in my life. My career goal is to be a professional international journalist, that’s what I am majoring in.
The international experiences I’m most looking forward to
I wish to experience different linguistic and cultural origins, especially the mainland China – a country with ancient and unique history and culture. Also, I am interested in the discussion style of the West which encourages direct and transparent feedback.
What I’ll bring to my dorm to remind me of home and why
Before I flew to Hong Kong, my family, friends and colleagues wished all the best for my study and hoped I would go back with “new successes”. I do not bring any physical things but those wishes and expectations to motivate myself to overcome initial homesickness and difficulties of the life in a foreign city.
In addition, in the digital age, social media channels such as Facebook, LINE, Skype and Tango are a great way to keep in touch with your family and friends back home though. Therefore, I can easily “meet” them and share with each other our ups and downs. Thanks to that, I do not feel like I’m living far away from my beloved people.
My favorite hobbies and other interests
I love reading novels, especially the ones related to Asian, Western and Arabic cultures. One of my favorite reading is “The Romance of Three Kingdoms”. Chinese historical also has a strong attraction for me because it tells the history in a lively way and helps me memorize the events very well. Therefore, I’m interest in video journalism to report news as well as feature life’s stories.
For sport, I usually play and watch football. No matter how busy I am, I have to set the alarm clock to get up at 1:45 am to watch Champion League, the biggest football completion of Europe.
My proudest achievement so far in life
Successfully passing the job interview to be recruited as a news reporter at the only main news TV channel in Cambodia is my proudest achievement so far. The job introduced me to the field of media and provided me with valuable experiences to grab the life-changing opportunity later on – Hinrich Foundation Global Trade Leaders Scholarship to pursue my interest in journalism at a notable university in Hong Kong.
The largest obstacle I’ve overcome so far in life
Due to my family’s financial difficulty, I could not fully concentrate on my study during my undergraduate. I had to take on a part-time job since I was in the first year of my studies to relieve the burden of my parents pay my living cost in the city.
I also could not find any relevant job related to my major in law to support my living because only unpaid volunteer work was available. Therefore, I decided to change my career direction to journalism which I found myself capable of and passionate for.
My future goals and aspirations
My future plan is to be a professional anchor and presenter at a major global TV and other news agencies.
How I plan to give back and help others
Cambodia is among the poorest countries in the world, so the solutions for poverty reduction and social welfare improvement are much needed. Therefore, I want to conduct a research about “The trade policymaking to create a better living condition for disable and underprivileged people in Cambodia”.
“Willing to be wrong to take action, rather than wishing to be right by remaining inactive.”- Leanghort.
Story about Leanghort Sok
Joining the association of Hinrich Foundation’s global trade leaders, Leanghort wishes to shoot the video featuring Cambodia’s disable and underprivileged handmade producers to get more attention from potential buyers because he learns that the mass media in the 21st century is much more influential.
With the previous experiences involved much in the community and the coming study in International Journalism, he believes that he can use his expertise to help the local community be aware of their opportunities.
Born in a poor farming family with the chance to pursue higher education abroad, Leanghort realizes that hard-up families will likely lead to the next poor generation because their children lack opportunities to receive good education. Therefore, he dedicates to the Foundation’s mission of promoting sustainable global trade which can end the cycle of poverty.