More than 70 students have successfully passed exams to qualify for full scholarships to study for Master degree courses in Australia and New Zealand next year.
Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Koy Kuong yesterday said that the students were divided into two batches with 21 going to Australia and 16 to New Zealand in January.
He added that 23 will leave for Australia and 16 for New Zealand in June.
Mr Kuong noted that Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn yesterday met the first batch of students at the ministry where he congratulated them for passing the exams.
He said Mr Sokhonn advised them to study hard and gain good experience from the foreign countries to serve Cambodia when they return and also learn about the cultures of the countries they are going to as well and become proficient in the English language.
“Mr Sokhonn also reminded them that they will be representatives of Cambodia in those countries and urged them to disseminate information about the Kingdom’s culture and customs and promote Angkor Wat temple and other tourism destinations,” Mr Kuong noted.
He said that in response, a student representative thanked Mr Sokhonn for meeting them and providing them with good advice.
Mr Kuong added that the representative informed the minister that so far almost 100 percent of Cambodians who have gone to study in the two countries have completed their courses.
He noted that since 1994, Australia has provided 853 students with full scholarships while New Zealand has given out 285 full scholarships since 2005.
Kin Phea, Director-general of the International Relations Institute at Royal Academy of Cambodia, yesterday said cooperation between Cambodia and Australia in the education sector is generally good.
“Australia is a rich country that has provided scholarships for Cambodian students for a long time,” he noted. “So Cambodian students who receive scholarships to study in Australia need to study hard and obtain knowledge to serve our people and country.”