Representatives of 14 New Zealand education institutions visited Phnom Penh to provide face-to-face advice and guidance to students and parents on study options in New Zealand at the 6th IDP Study in New Zealand Exhibition. Some 385 students and parents joined this full-day event last week.
The event continues to be the best forum for Cambodian students and their parents to meet face-to-face with prestigious schools, universities and education providers from across New Zealand. Participating institutions represent study options from secondary school through vocational training and postgraduate study. Students and their parents were invited to find out more information on study options and application processes at the IDP Study in New Zealand Exhibition.
“I want to study in New Zealand because it is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and their education system is very good,” said Ros Sreymom, a senior studying tourism at Pannasastra University of Cambodia.
Joining the exhibition was the Australian Centre for Education (ACE) to discuss opportunities to study the English language in order to meet the requirements of New Zealand education institutions. Representatives from the IELTS Cambodia Official Test Centre were also on hand to advise on test registration and preparation.
“This is a unique opportunity for any Cambodian student considering studying abroad,” said Mr Sreng Mao, IDP country director. “In light of Asean Economic Integration, obtaining an international education can be one of the most powerful assets for Cambodians in order to compete in the job market,” he said. An ever increasing number of Cambodians are now choosing to include a component of overseas study in their education plans, believing it will ensure the competitive edge needed for their future careers. New Zealand is proving to be a popular choice as many hundreds of Cambodians have headed “down under” to pursue further qualifications each year.
According to Nguyen Thi Lam Giang from the University of Waikato, “This is not our first time here. We have joined this event for a couple of years.”
“I am here today to offer our various programmes such as management, business, engineering, education, hospitality and tourism. We also offer advice on why students should come to study in New Zealand and the advantages it can bring,” Ms Lam Giang said