Thousands Attended the 4th Global Alumni Convention (GAC)

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Over 2,500 attendees joined the 4th Global Alumni Convention on 10-12 November 2018 at the Sofitel Phokeethra Phnom Penh.

The Global Alumni Convention series was established in 2015 by IDP Education – a world leader in international education and student placement services. The GAC is now hosted annually as one of the most prestigious arenas for international education opportunities and business networking in Cambodia.

The 4th GAC consisted of three components: the Global Education & Career Expo (free entry), the Global Education & Business Forum (free entry) and the Global Alumni Dinner (ticketed). Sponsors of the 4th GAC including Platinum Sponsors– Prince Bank and IELTS Gold Sponsor– ACE and Silver Sponsors– Sathapana Bank and NERA Telecommuni-cation.

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On Saturday 10 November, Official Opening Ceremony, as part of the Global Alumni Dinner was presided over by HE Veng Sakhon, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, HE George Edgar, Ambassador of the European Union to Cambodia, Mr Luke Arnold, Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Embassy and Mr Sreng Mao, IDP Education (Cambodia) Country Director and GAC Convenor.

“The GAC is relevant because it gives people an opportunity to both find out about the opportunities to study in different parts of the world and for people who have already had those opportunities, to meet and exchange experiences and network with each other,” said HE George Edgar, Ambassador of the European Union to Cambodia.

During HE Veng Sakhon, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Official Opening Address he spoke about the GAC saying, “Events like the Global Alumni Convention help support that effort in bringing together alumni and education institutions from around the globe as well as students, parents and those interested in furthering their education to learn more about education and career opportunities. I especially encourage more students to consider doing agriculture-related subjects and come back to help realize this potential for our country.”

The Global Alumni Dinner was the social highlight of the whole GAC. The dinner provided an opportunity to network, build partnerships, and celebrate the contributions an international education can have at a personal, institutional and country level.

As part of the GAC, the Global Education & Career Expo on 11-12 November at Sofitel hosted over 53 institutions coming from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK, the US, Malaysia, Singapore, Spain and Cambodia. These institutions showcased world-class study options to students and professionals considering furthering their education overseas. Information on study programs, admission requirements, student visa processes and scholarships was available directly from education representatives, IDP Education’s study abroad counsellors, visa officers and scholarship providers.

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Mr Mao Sreng, IDP Education Country Director, said the 4th GAC is the “most comprehensive” event to date with the three main components. Prince Bank chief business officer Mr Bin Devin said, “Education is the backbone underpinning the economy therefore we make this a priority in our corporate social responsibility efforts.”

“Sathapana is happy to support 4th GAC as a sponsor and with speakers. One of our CSR program is sustaining Education so the GAC matches with one of our objectives. The GAC is a great platform for students, teachers, government officials and the private sector to learn, understand, and share the knowledge between local and international individuals, especially through networking. ” Ms Ky Somana, Head of Marketing & PR, Sathapana Bank.

“We are at the GAC because for the past year we have been focusing on the education sector,” Mr David Ng, a GAC Silver Sponsor from NERA Telecommuni-

cations. The Global Education & Business Forum happened concurrently with the Expo featuring interactive panel discussions, by policy makers, senior business executives, entrepreneurs, industry experts, and leaders from governments, embassies and civil society totalling to over 37 speakers. These high level panel discussions focused around themes of business, FinTech, education, career planning, STEM and studying abroad.

The 4th GAC received strong support from over 18 business chambers and alumni associations.

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“We are pleased to see IDP continue to increase the scale of the business forum and inclusion of education and career for future outcomes,” said Mr Bretton G. Sciaroni, Chairman, International Business Chamber, Cambodia.

“I have always enjoyed attending the GAC. Amazing people, valuable opportunities and simply a wonderful experience!” said Ms Oum Syvan, Chevening Alumni Association Cambodia, President.

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