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Smart Moves on Tech Education

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Smart Axiata CEO Thomas Hundt (L) and Sopheap Seng, director of the NIPTICT's computer science department. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Telecom operator Smart Axiata Co. Ltd. and the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding that will see Smart donate more than $320,000 to build a facility for students at the National Institute of Post, Telecom & ICT (NIPTICT).
Minister Prak Sokhon said the mission of the institute is to train a new generation of workers for Iinformation and communications technology (ICT) sector, which is playing a vital role in developing the country and ensuring integration in the ASEAN Economic Community. 
He said the dormitory for students will allow those from rural areas the opportunity to study at the institute and that the donation from Smart Axiata will contribute to the development of a new generation of ICT workers. 
Thomas Hundt, CEO of Smart Axiata, said the donation will provide accommodation for at least 100 students, which will expand access to ICT education and ensure they have the skills to compete internationally. 
Smart Axiata in 2014 contributed to 1.5 percent of Cambodia’s GDP and generated 66,000 direct and indirect jobs, officials said at the ceremony, adding that the company is among the biggest corporate taxpayers, paying about $117 million from 2008 to 2014. 
Last year, Smart Axiata was awarded the leading company in Cambodia award for corporate social responsibility by the Global Banking and Finance Review.  

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