The commitment to education that is truly holistic presupposes priority given to the safety and well-being of the students, their good health and to appropriate program for their formation, socially, intellectually, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
The Students Life Office has opened for the purpose of developing good relationship between students and the institute as well as all lecturers who are expected to understand students’ situations, behavior, level of knowledge acquired, and the daily issues they are facing. Moreover, the office has special activity for assisting student to solve problems related to learning and communication. The office staff gives them support and encouragement and helps them develop their sense of responsibility.
In due course the Student Life Office will be fully up and running and it will offer opportunities for education and training that complement to the academic formation in classrooms and pursue a general education that aims to develop the whole person.
The primary goal of the Multimedia Library of Saint Paul Institute is for students and lecturers to have access to books, magazines, CD-ROMs and DVDs in both Khmer and English languages, covering a variety of topics mainly in science, literature and arts. The library is also a place where students can go to study in a quiet and inviting atmosphere. Two computer LABs are at disposal for conducting online research and watch multimedia content. The library is also a place where students can get initiated to reading and be given reading advice. More importantly, it is the best place to promote students’ learning autonomy. Occasionally, events will also be organized to promote culture and knowledge.
The Institute offers free students pickup service for all the students living in Takeo province but far away from school. A truck and a van pick up around 40 students along the national road number 3 from Tramkak district to SPI every morning and bring them back home at the afternoon.
Saint Paul Institute provides free accommodation to the students in three main dormitory buildings 500m far from SPI’s campus. Two buildings are for boys and one for girls. Each dorm has 2 floors with 9 bedrooms for the students, 1 office, 1 study room, 1 computer room, and 16 bathrooms. These three dorms can accommodate 216 students every year.
The SPI students are not only learning theory in class but also oriented to an experience of real work experiences in companies related to their field of specialization.
Students must complete two internships for a total of at least 9 months during the year 3 and year 4 of the curriculum. The internship goals are to expose the students to a professional environment in order to apply knowledge to a real situation, gain experience, develop and improve a work methodology and define more clearly the student’s vocational project.
At the end of the internship, students must write a report and make an oral presentation in front of a committee. A summary in English may be required, especially for the fourth year internship report and presentation. The work accomplished by the student during the internship is also evaluated by the host company. The work, report and presentation are all taken into account in the final grade of the year.
Internship in a foreign country is a future goal to provide the students with the experience of working in an international setting.