Fifty-one students from Cambodia have received scholarships to pursue master’s degrees in France majoring in economics, law, science, engineering, psychology and French language teaching.
Speaking at a cocktail reception at the French Institute in Cambodia last Wednesday, Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron applauded the commitment of the students who won scholarships to study in France, a country with high education standards.
“The students who won these scholarships awards did so on their own ability, and I’m especially proud that two of them have received highly competitive scholarships to study at a world-famous university,” the minister said.
At least 600 students choose to pursue degrees in France every year, according to data from the French Embassy.
Nou Sithea, 20, won an Eiffel Excellence Scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in engineering science. As a student at Institute of Technology Cambodia, he has learned to speak French.
He will go to France for four years to complete his bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree.
“Everyone, including me, dreams of pursuing a degree abroad, in a place with high education standards, and to [eventually] be able to contribute to developing [this] country,” he said.
Mr. Sithea believed that learning the language was a first step toward getting the chance to study in the country.