10 May 2021

New Virtual SUPRA Students, May

We are happy to announce that we are continuing our online format of the SUPRA programme! This means that four new students follow a prolonged online programme. It is a great pleasure to welcome the fourth round of online SUPRAs:

Tomasz Burdzik, Doctoral Candidate, University of Opole

Tomasz completed his degrees at Inter-Faculty Individual Studies in Humanities at the University of Silesia in Katowice. His research interest covers a wide range of themes related to politics, human rights and religion in Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia. Guest lecturer at various universities, chairman of the Equal Treatment Commission of National Representation of Doctoral Students in Poland (KRD).

Quynh Le Vo, MSSc student of Environmental Change and Global Sustainability, University of Helsinki 

Le is currently completing a multidisciplinary Master’s programme in Environmental Change and Global Sustainability at the University of Helsinki, specialising in environmental politics and economics as well as climate change. Her thesis is a systematic review of the Asian Development Bank’s climate adaptation projects in Southeast Asian countries between 2016 and 2020, in an effort to contribute to understandings of ongoing efforts to adapt to the consequences of climate change in the region. Le holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She has also spent a semester studying at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA. Previously, Le has worked as the manager of the LSE Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre and as an advisor on sustainable development, environment and climate issues at the Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations.


Puthika Cheab, International Master Programme in Educational Research, University of Gothenburg

Puthika’s academic and professional background revolves around education. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree of Education in English (TEFL) in 2014 from Royal University of Phnom Penh, and he later got admitted to National Institute of Education, where he received the Certificate of Teacher with Higher Education Degree in 2016 after one year of compulsory teacher training. As for his career, he had been an English teacher at PUC-IFL of Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia and Chea Sim Prek Anhchanh High School since 2014 and 2016 respectively until 2019, the year he was awarded Swedish Institute Scholarships for Global Professionals to pursue his Master’s Degree in Educational Research at University of Gothenburg. He is currently in his final year working on his master’s thesis on the topic of “Preservice Teachers’ Professional Identity Development through Teacher Education Programme”. 

Kunty Touch, Master's Programme in Global Studies, University of Gothenburg

Growing up in Cambodia, I hold my Bachelor’s Degree of Education in English and a Master’s Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) with some years of English teaching experience. Besides my full-time teaching, I endeavor to chase my profound interests in social issues, particularly raising the awareness of social responsibility and democracy among youngsters by performing voluntary work at some non-government organizations (NGOs). Presently, I am awarded a scholarship opportunity by the Swedish Institute Scholarship for Global Professionals (SISGP 2019), to pursue the Master’s Degree in Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. My research focus is to explore the perceptions of the grassroots level (the relevant civil society actors) in de-escalating the tension of the Preah Vihear/ Kao Phra Viharn conflict from 2008 to 2011 between Cambodia and Thailand.