Independence Day of CambodiaCambodia, officially the Kingdom of Cambodia, is a country located in the southern portion of the Indochinese Peninsula in Mainland Southeast Asia. Cambodia is a pearl of the Mekong River. The region now known as Cambodia has been inhabited since prehistoric times. In 802 AD, Jayavarman II declared himself king, uniting the warring Khmer princes of Chenla under the name "Kambuja."

This marked the beginning of the Khmer Empire, which flourished for over 600 years. The Indianised kingdom facilitated the spread of first Hinduism and then Buddhism to much of Southeast Asia and undertook many religious infrastructural projects throughout the region. Angkor Wat is the most famous of these structures and is designated as a World Heritage Site.

Independence Day of CambodiaIn the fifteenth century, Cambodia experienced a decline of power, while its neighbors Vietnam and Thailand grew stronger. In 1863, Cambodia became a protectorate of France, and later was incorporated into French Indochina. The country was under Japanese occupation during the Second World War before French control was restored.

On 9 November 1953, Cambodia proclaimed independence from France by the most revered late King-Father Norodom Sihanouk, known as the Father of National Independence. Subsequently, Cambodia has gone through many ups and downs – from the glorious Sangkum Reastr Niyum to the Khmer rouge genocide regime and civil wars.
The holiday was established to celebrate the anniversary of Cambodia's independence from France on 9 November 1953 and is Cambodia's national holiday.


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Relationship between Cambodia and Assumption University of Thailand

The President-Rector Magnificus and the Academic Community of Assumption University of Thailand greets and congratulates the Government and people of Cambodia on the occasion of the Independence Day of Cambodia, on November 9, 2022.

The University community is pleased that currently there are Cambodian students enrolled in some undergraduate and graduate degree programs and we wish all our Cambodian students a happy celebration on their country’s National Day.

On January 29, 2020, On the auspicious occasion of the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Kingdom of Thailand and the Kingdom of Cambodia, the preparatory meeting was held at Hua Mak Campus between AU School of Law & the Royal Embassy of Cambodia in Bangkok to strengthen academic cooperation & collaboration.

There were the memorandums of understanding between Assumption University of Thailand and the Cambodia’s universities for developing international exchange and cooperation programs based upon the principle of reciprocity. The MOUs are as follows;