At least 500 students attended a UK Education Fair last Wednesday to meet representatives from 23 British universities.
Held at Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra, the event, now in its 12th year, was the result of a partnership between the British Embassy in Cambodia and SpringBoard4Education in Cambodia, a social enterprise institution focusing on education. Cambridge university was one of the renowned further-education institutes on hand at the fair.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, HE Youk Ngoy, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, touched on the many cultural benefits of studying abroad.
“It not only allows Cambodian students to expand their knowledge, but also gives them the opportunity to build their network, communication skills and explore the cultural differences [between the UK and Cambodia]” he said. “The UK Education Fair is a significant educational event that offers a lot of information to Cambodian students and their parents. With so many representatives from UK universities, our students can make a wise choice in this [important] life decision.”
Students interested in gaining a scholarship were also present. Thanks to a 60-year-strong bilateral friendship between the Kingdom of Cambodia and the United Kingdom, pupils from low-income backgrounds are eligible for financial support to enter further education.
Cheang Sreyneang, regional manager for SpringBoard4Education in Cambodia, expressed her full support for the scholarship scheme.
“It’s a good chance for them [potential scholarship
students] to chase a better future,” she said.
“The fair offers general information related to application and visa application plus it’s an easy way for students to compare the different prices [between university fees].”
SpringBoard4Education also offer a free-of-charge consultancy service including study and visa application services, and student accommodation for students interested in studying in the UK.