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Educational field trip to Angkor's area of 5th year GRU students under ADB's scholarship sup

Through the cooperation between Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC) and Asian Development Bank (ADB), the 5th year students from Department of Rural Engineering who receive scholarship support from ADB need to accomplish an educational field trip in order to learn on the actual engineering practices as well as management in the field specifically on water resources and rural infrastructure.

This year, Department of Rural Engineering of ITC has organized an educational field trip for the 5th year students under ADB’s scholarship program to Siem Reap province. This field trip aimed to help the students to build up their knowledge and know-how on water management and hydraulic structures development at the field within Angkor’s area under authorization of APSARA National Authority (APSARA). In the spirit of good cooperation so far, ITC has formally requested to APSARA for permitting a group of students and lectures to fulfill this field trip in Angkor’s area. Accordingly, APSARA has approved and requested to submit a report after completion. Moreover, APSARA has assigned technical staffs from Department of Water Management to facilitate and guide the students to learn about their projects at the specific sites in Angkor’s area.

The educational field trip has been carried out for 4 days from 13th to 16th February, 2017. This field trip was led by three lecturers from Department of Rural Engineering of ITC (Dr. Chhuon Kong, Dr. Hak Danet, Mr. Kem Chom) and participated by 29 students from Department of Rural Engineering, who receive ADB’s scholarship support.

The specific places to visit in Angkor's area were: Department of Water Management of APSARA National Authority, Sras Srang Reservoir, Krang Kroch trees plantation field, Ta Som check-structure, North Baray (Jayatataka), Neak Pean ancient water filtration (middle of Nort Baray), Phreah Khan Temple drainage system, Angkor Thom’s moat, Trapeang Kchhorng Sedimentation basin, Sedimentation trapping channel connected to Angkor Wat’s moat, West Baray (Suryatataka) and hydraulic structures of Chaw Srei Vibol Temple (North and South moat, connection channel, check structure). Below are some photos of activity taken during the field trip.

This 4-day educational field trip was completed with the fruitful outcomes. It provided good lesson learnt particularly for the students to understand about water management and hydraulic structure including the ancient and present hydraulic network in Angkor's area. Notably, water management in Angkor's area is significantly challenged since there are 4 main purposes to be concerned on:(1)Supply and maintain water in the moats systems in Angkor's area; (2)Store and release the water to avoid flooding in Siem Reap during wet season; (3)Store and release water for irrigation system and other uses; (4)Clear and clean the water before supplying to the moat system in Angkor's area; (5)Explore the ancient hydraulic system to rehabilitate with maintaining cultural landscape, preserving all authenticity and safeguarding the integrity for sustainable development in Angkor's area. Impressively, on the third day of field trip, the students got interviewed by media staffs from department of communication of APSARA about their impression and activity during the field trip. The news of this field trip and the interview was published in the website of Apsara National Authority. Furthermore, this educational field trip helps to further strengthen relationship and closer cooperation not only between technical staffs and lecturers/students but also between institutions.

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