More than 180 students are set to depart to China after obtaining a scholarship to continue studies abroad.
Youk Ngoy, a secretary of state at the Education Ministry, oversaw a ceremony along with Chinese Ambassador Wang Wentian at the Chinese embassy yesterday to award 185 Cambodian students with scholarships from the Chinese government.
Mr Ngoy thanked the Chinese government, which he said has provided scholarships to Cambodian students since 1998. He noted that 1,459 students have benefited from the programme.
“Providing a scholarship to Cambodian students is a very important part of developing Cambodia’s human resources,” Mr Ngoy said.
He added in addition to providing scholarships, China has also supported the Kingdom’s youth and sport sectors through assistance in the construction of Morodok Techo National Stadium, which is set to be a venue for the SEA Games in 2023.
Mr Ngoy advised students to study hard and form good relations with the people of China, as well as maintain the dignity of Cambodian culture.
Mr Wang at the ceremony congratulated the students, who will pursue further studies in China over the next year.
“On behalf of the embassy of China in Cambodia, I’m glad that you have chosen to study in China, which is the right decision,” he said.
He noted that the scholarship is part of cooperation between China and Cambodia, adding that it aimed to contribute toward the Kingdom’s development, especially through education.
“As good friends, China pays high attention on the cooperation in the education sector between China and Cambodia,” Mr Wang said.
Chhun Sotheaneath, 22, a scholarship beneficiary, said she was happy to pursue a master’s degree in architecture in China’s University of Chang. She said she is committed to study hard and hopes to contribute to society in the future.
“I am a representative of the students this year and I’d like to thank the government of China, the embassy of China, the Education Ministry and Prime Minister Hun Sen for providing this opportunity for us to study in China,” Ms Sotheaneath said.
“I see that the good relationship between Cambodia and China has provided a good opportunity for students to continue their studies in China,” she added.
Sao Nik, 23, another scholarship beneficiary, said China’s strong economy became one of the reasons that attracted him to continue his studies there, where he will pursue a master’s degree in architecture.
“I am happy I can study in China and it is an opportunity to know the country, including their traditions,” he said. “I am committed to study hard and return back to my family and my country afterwards.”
WATCH: The Chinese government offered nearly 200 scholarships to Cambodian students, a ceremony was held at the Chinese embassy yesterday afternoon. KT/Khuon Narim
Posted by Khmer Times on Monday, 12 August 2019