In the spirit of nurturing educational development in Cambodia, the Japanese Embassy hosted a farewell reception for 29 MEXT Scholarship awardees last week.
The scholarship is offered by the Japanese government’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and is open exclusively to international students.
The annual celebration was officiated by Japanese ambassador Masahiro Mikami and also saw the attendance of Cambodia’s Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport representative Pheat Chhomnan.
During his opening address, the ambassador expressed his confidence in the batch of stellar students that are leaving to resume their higher education at various Japanese universities in multiple disciplines at the beginning of April.
“I hold a strong belief that these talented recipients here will become great pillars of their state’s development, following the same pathway their senior MEXT scholars took to pursue their studies in Japan,” he said at the farewell reception.
The well-attended event was conducted to celebrate the efforts of the Cambodian awardees who had gone the extra mile and passed through a cut-throat competition to pursue their goals.
Among them is Ou Pisey, an architecture major, who will be heading off to Japan to continue her chosen field at the Shusei Construction Professional Training College.
The 22-year-old advised fellow students who wish to go on the same journey to have strong determination and willpower.
“You need to have a willingness and commitment, as well as a firm objective when applying. By doing so, you would have a clear vision of your journey,” she quipped.
The reception received approximately 100 participants, most of whom are professors, parents and family members of the scholarship awardees. Their presence demonstrated warm support for those involved.