Signing the Memorandum of Understanding in Cambodia

March, 2005

There already existed a long lasting interest in South East Asia from the side of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans Georg Bock, Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing, IWR, of the University of Heidelberg. He has close contact to collaborates with universities in Vietnam and Thailand. Ganesha In recent years, this interest extended to Cambodia, and contacts were made with the National Museum and universities. During the visit of Prof. Bock, a project of students from IWR, Heidelberg, and students from the Royal University of Fine Arts and Architecture, RUFA, Phnom Penh was initiated. A Memorandum of Understanding was set up and signed by the officials of RUFA, H. E. Prof. Hor Lat, Dean of Faculty of Archeology, Prof. Ching Chhommoy, Dean of Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, Prof. Nhean Tharath, and Prof. Hans Georg Bock, Director of IWR.

Ganesha, a famous Hindu deity, is worshipped before any venture is started. The son of Shiva and Parvati has an elephantine countenance and the huge pot-bellied body of a human being. With his trunk he is the destroyer of evils and obstacles. He is the Lord of vanity, selfishness and pride. People mostly worship Him asking for siddhi, success in undertakings, and buddhi, intelligence.

So do we at the beginning of this project of students from IWR, Heidelberg, and RUFA, Phnom Penh.

Picture Gallery
of the Visit of Hans Georg Bock

The photos on this site were taken by Nicholas Hollmann.

Ganesha is also the God of education, knowledge and wisdom, literature, and the fine arts. Therefore this statue is placed at the entrance of the RUFA,
as can be seen on the photo to the left.
Entrance  Elephant

Tropical vegetation surrounds the buildings.
The RUFA buildings are close to the National Museum in Phnom Penh. courtyard RUFA_2  RUFA_3 Impressions from the campus Memorandum
Tuesday, March 1st, 2005
Sitting around the table, signing the Memorandum of Understanding. A similar contract was also set up and signed with Khun Samen, the Director of the National Museum in Phnom Penh.
Hor Lat   H G Bock
H. E. Hor Lat, Dean, Faculty of Archeology, RUFA (left) and Hans Georg Bock, Director of IWR, University of Heidelberg (right)
After the Memorandum
After signing the Memorandum of Understanding
from left to right:
Ching Chhommony, Hans Georg Bock, H. E. Hor Lat, Nhean Tharath

Some students Group picture
Some students before the taking of the group picture and the group of students from architecture and archeology, 4th year, joined by professors and lecturers.