A send-off was held last week for 22 Cambodian recipients of Japanese government scholarships. The students emerged as the winners earlier this month from among 1,300 applicants.
At the farewell event held at the Japanese Embassy, Pit Chamnan, secretary of state of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, said that for 65 years Japan has played an important role in developing Cambodia’s capabilities and human resources. Japan has provided scholarships to Cambodian students since 1993.
“Around 1,200 Cambodian students have graduated from Japanese universities, so I want to express my feelings of pride in them. These graduates have contributed to the social, cultural and economic development of Cambodia through their active leadership positions in the environmental field and in public and private sector institutions. From these programmes they have emerged to carry out and build capacity to develop human capital in Cambodia,” Mr Chamnan said.
Japanese Ambassador Horinouchi Hidehisa said he was pleased to hold a send-off reception for the new Japanese government scholarship students.
“Twenty-two new scholarship recipients who leave for Japan at the beginning of April overcame very stiff competition from more than 1,000 applicants in Cambodia, as well as additional competition from overseas candidates. I applaud each of you for the great effort you have made to win a scholarship,” he said.
“I am convinced that the Japanese academic environment will offer you a great opportunity to acquire the expertise and knowledge that will become great assets in your future. I have high expectations of you, not only to contribute to the development of Cambodia, but also to serve as a strong bridge of friendship between Japan and Cambodia,” the ambassador said. He continued: “On this occasion, I express my appreciation to the Ministry of Education for supporting our scholarship programmes and to the Japan Alumni of Cambodia for supporting our activities.”