PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – Four students received Chevening scholarships to study for a master’s degree in the United Kingdom.
Students Long Youpheng, Chea Vannar, Khem Vansok and Nara Sokhema will travel to the UK to complete their postgraduate studies in England with different majors and at various universities. It will take one year for them to obtain their master’s degrees.
“We’re about to send off the latest four outstanding students, who will be going to the UK to study [on a] Chevening scholarship,” William “Bill” Longhurst, British Ambassador to Cambodia said.
He added that Chevening is a valuable program for identifying talented, emerging stars, and a great opportunity for them to study in the UK.
“We are happy to see that the British Embassy provides the scholarships for Cambodian students to continue their studies,” said education minister Hang Chuon Naron.
Ms. Vansok, who will study at University College London, said she will study law.
“I will come back to Cambodia after graduation, but if I get the opportunity, I will work as an intern at a law firm in England,” she said. “Then I will bring my experience and newly-won knowledge to Cambodia.”
Mr. Vanara will travel to the UK on September 6. He said that Cambodia must be proud of being in this program, which will even the path for students on the way to future leadership.
Although Cambodia’s government is cutting spending in general, it will increase its funding to this program, Mr. Longhurst said.
The Chevening Scholarship began in 1984 as a program to help young, UK-friendly students take leading positions in their countries. Cambodia was included as an eligible country in 1993.
Until now, 67 students have been awarded scholarships to study in the UK. Starting in 2015, the British government will select around ten Cambodian students per year who qualify for this scholarship.
Prudential (Cambodia) Life Assurance PLC is a major private sponsor of the scholarship. The company sponsors two students each year.
Mr. Naron commented that the program contributes to developing human resources in Cambodia by giving students higher qualifications, and thereby helping to develop their home country.