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Update: Two teams of ITC-GRU students passed the semi-final stage (proposal) of the Students Researc

Topic of the Student Research Competition 2016, Samdech Techo Hun Sen’s Research Prize, is “Road Traffic in Cambodia”. What are the main road traffic issues facing Cambodia today? And, how can we solve them? It is open to all undergraduate students currently studying at universities in Cambodia. The candidates are required to form a team which has at most three members, including both genders. The competition is divided into three stages: concept note, proposal and full paper.

From Department of Rural Engineering (GRU), Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC), there are five teams submitted a concept not for the competition. Four teams passed the concept note stage. On 27 September 2016, the four teams submitted their proposal for the competition in the semi-final stage (proposal stage). As a result released on 21 October 2016, two teams among the four passed the semi-final stage and are permitted to proceed to the final stage competition (full paper stage). One team is No. 1 and another is No. 7. It should be remarked that there are 30 teams participated in the semi-final competition and in total 12 teams were selected. Topics of the two successful teams from GRU-ITC are:

1. Research topic: Proposing a Water Bus System to Reduce Traffic Congestion in Phnom Penh, the Capital of Cambodia (No. 1)

Research objective: The main purpose of the proposed research is to alleviate traffic congestion along Preah Norodom Boulevard and National Road No. 5 by introducing a water bus system between Takmao Market and Prek Phnov Bridge (Bassac-Chaktomuk-Tonle Sap River). We will consider several lines of the water bus: express, local express and regular. Location of piers will be proposed near existing city bus stops, bus terminals, schools, major office areas and shopping centers, so that passengers can be transferred to their destinations around the city.

Students: Mr. Tha Theara, Ms. Tha Pisey, Ms. Sun Sreykeo

Instructor: Dr. Heng Sokchhay

2. Research topic: Assessment of Public Understanding on Traffic Law in Cambodia (No. 7)

Research objective: The purpose of this research is to discover the public understanding of traffic law in Cambodia and about the perceptions and behavior of Phnom Penh’s road user. In this case, we identified the problem of the lack of traffic law understanding and then recognized the method that is effective on and a good practice in consumption vehicles of people in daily routine. After organized, we have to try to promote, explain and educate them about advantages of using traffic law. In addition, this research will provide much better about the formality of driver.

Students: Mr. Heng Bunmanut, Mr. Chum Kimleang, Ms. Na Raksmey

Instructor: Mr. Sok Ty

The deadline for submitting the full paper for the final competition is 2 January 2017, meaning that they have only 70 days to conduct the research and prepare the full paper. At the final stage, only one team will be selected for the research prize of $2000.

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