2015 marked the 10th anniversary of the Applied Conflict Transformation Studies (ACTS) Master’s Programme. To mark the occasion, on December 12, Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia (PUC) Chancellor Dr. Chea San Chanthan, PUC Rector Keara Phan, PUC Dean of the Faculty of Communication Dr. Raymond Leos, CPCS Executive Director Emma Leslie and ACTS Academic Director Noah Taylor joined ACTS faculty members, current and former alumni and other guests at the PUC Siem Reap Campus to celebrate 10 years of the programme. READ MORE
In addition to full-time members of faculty, CPCS is connected with a wide network of experienced peacebuilders and academics who join residential ACTS modules as Guest Lecturers. This provides students with the opportunity to become integrated into a larger network of regional and global specialists in conflict transformation.
“All the lessons are very useful in the current peace and order status of my homeland and I could immediately put into practice all the learned knowledge from our day-to-day class engagement”
“What I have learned here has fundamentally changed the way I am going to engage with the peace processes in my own country”
“After graduation from ACTS Programme, beside writing many papers, reports, articles and contributing to a book on ‘Conflict Studies and Peace Education’ I have participated in countless meeting, discussions, training and public talks in peace institutions, transferring my knowledge and experience of Conflict Studies and Peace Education to other Afghan peacebuilders”
“Coming back to the formal education system was not in my thoughts, but I liked the fact that this programme is designed for practitioners. I have learned to go deeper and widen the way I look at things. I have changed the way I work and found new roles in my job. I now see myself as an agent of change, but also as a mobiliser for other change agents.”
“Before I took the ACTS course, I really didn’t have any analytical skills. ACTS helped me to develop my critical thinking and improved my professional life a lot. Making peace is not easy – the ACTS programme has helped me to stay calm during turbulent moments in my organisation.”
Based in Phnom Penh with a campus in Siem Reap, Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia (PUC) has partnered with CPCS for over 10 years to deliver the ACTS Programme. PUC envisions a world at peace, where non-violent means are used to resolve conflicts, beginning with individuals, societies, governments, and extending to the community of world leaders in the context of international cooperation. The university considers education to be the foundation of individual’s character building and places special emphasis on quality research-based education, studies of peace, conflict resolution, development, moral and ethical conducts as well as social responsibility. READ MORE