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Berkeley International Leaders Program in Social Welfare

Berkeley Social Welfare is one of the leading social work professional schools in the world's top public university. Our faculty are consistently ranked some of the most productive scholars in the world and our campus is home to numerous Nobel Laureates and other internationally recognized thought leaders. We have significant faculty and program strengths in health and mental health; school-based social services; child, youth and family services; services for the aged and the management and planning of social services.

The Berkeley campus is located in the San Francisco Bay Area, a short transit ride away from downtown San Francisco, one of North America’s most beautiful and culturally interesting and diverse cities.

The Berkeley International Leaders Program in Social Welfare is an eight- to 16-week customized learning experience for global government and non-governmental leaders in social work and social welfare. A Certificate is awarded to participants who complete their individually tailored program.

Leaders Program participants are able to attend classes by top thinkers in social work practice, policy and research as well as take advantage of numerous courses, lectures and other events that take place daily across the campus. Participants also have full access to the University’s 39 libraries as well as the same electronic resources available to our faculty and students. 

Leaders Program participants will be able to visit, observe and in some cases volunteer in services provided by a variety of innovative public and non-governmental social service agencies. Berkeley is also located just 75 minutes by train from Sacramento, the California state capital. California is the most populous American state and a leader in providing social services to its extremely diverse citizenry. The School has close ties to the California Department of Social Services, the 11 county departments of social services in the Bay Area and hundreds of non-governmental service programs.

For more information, contact Dean Jeffrey Edleson at or 510.642.5039.

Current Berkeley Social Welfare Leaders Program paticipants

Dimang Chhann is Masters of Public Administration student from the Universiti Brunei Darussalam. He is one of four fellows from Brunei at Berkeley during the Spring 2017 semester; the other three are based at the Goldman School of Public Policy. 

Chhann joined the Ministry of Tourism for the Royal Government of Cambodia in 2007 and currently serves as chief of bureau. His duties include managing international relations, coordinating tourism projects and memoranda of understanding and organizing meetings and seminars. Previously, he was an English teacher and counselor with Mithsamlanh (Friends) Organization, a non-governmental organization based in Phnom Penh that provides services to and supports street children throughout Cambodia. He also volunteers with the Hun Many Voluntary Youth Doctors Association and Leadership Development Association.

Chhann holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the Cambodian University for Specialties and a masters of business administration from Norton University.