GAC expects 50 local, foreign entities at fourth convention

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IDP country director Mao Sreng speaks at a press conference yesterday. Supplied

The 4th Global Alumni Convention (GAC), an annual event established by IDP Education, will attract more than 50 schools and universities mainly from Cambodia, the United Kingdom, the United States, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia, said country director Mao Sreng.

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Mr Sreng said the event, deemed the “most comprehensive” to date, will also see participation of representatives from ministries, civil society and many other agencies.

“Concurrently, the forum will hold discussions by high-level panels on a range of topics from education to financial technology, career paths and even vocational training,” Mr Sreng told a press conference at Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra yesterday.

The fourth edition of the event will be held on Nov 10-12 at the Sofitel, and is made possible through the support of Prince Bank and IELTS as platinum sponsors, ACE as gold Sponsor and Sathapana Bank and NERA Telecommunication as silver sponsors.

The event was established by IDP Education in 2015 to create a platform where people could network, build partnerships, and celebrate the contributions of international education at all levels.

It will be the ultimate melting pot of professionals and students alike, opening doors to various education and business networking opportunities across the globe.

This year, the GAC will be comprised of three major components: the global education and career expo, the global education and business forum and the global alumni dinner.

Mr Sreng said prospective students may also inquire about studying abroad as there are a number of scholarships available, courtesy of several embassies. GAC, he said, is expected to get at least 3,000 visitors.

Prince Bank chief business officer Bin Devin said knowledge exchange between participants from different parts of the world is very much anticipated.

“Education is the backbone underpinning the economy therefore we make this a priority in our corporate social responsibility efforts. We look forward to have a fruitful convention this year,” he said.

His sentiment was echoed by other members present at the press conference, including IELTS senior operations manager Neil Wilford, Australian Centre for Education principal Ashley Irving, American Chamber of Commerce director Erich Phillips, Sathapana Bank head of marketing Ky Somana and Cambodia Women Entrepreneurs Association president Dr Eng Lykuong.

Mr Sreng also recommended the grand dinner, which will be presided by Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Veng Sakhon, for professionals who are seeking to further engage with peers from various fields.

“Those who wished to buy the ticket to the grand dinner can make the reservations through our official website. The dinner would make for such a nice networking night,” he said.

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