The Cambodian International Education Forum, held at Phnom Penh’s Diamond Island last week, is the biggest event of its kind in Cambodia, providing information on universities, technology companies, media firms and other businesses to students seeking university entrance and job opportunities.
Directions Advertising organised the three-day event. Many booths staffed by lecturers, teachers, and experts offered a range of scholarships, job and training opportunities, and services for students and parents.
On the first day, Kong Socheat, project manager of Directions Advertising, said this forum was an important event for students looking for the right place to study or find work training.
“We are very happy that so many participants decided to join this forum and were able to obtain knowledge or information that was beneficial. We interviewed students and parents who joined the forum and the feedback from them was very positive,” Mr Socheat said.
Mr Socheat said participants felt the 2017 forum had really given them many opportunities.
Chet Sreynich, 18, from Kampong Chhnang province, recently completed her Grade 12 national exam, earning a C grade. She attended the fair in the hope of finding a scholarship to study in Phnom Penh.
“This forum is important for me and other students who have just finished their high school exams, because it helps them match their skills, talents and aspirations to the right universities and majors,” Ms Sreynich said.
Ms Sreynich said she wanted to study tourism at Royal University of Phnom Penh. She suggested students attend the forum in future years because it offered a lot of information on scholarships and opportunities to study abroad.
Another recent high school graduate, Tea Sivling of Westline School’s Chbar Ampov district in Phnom Penh, said that she was looking for scholarships either in Phnom Penh or abroad.
“I came here for scholarships, and there are many choices and chances for students looking for scholarships like me. I am interested in a scholarship to study abroad, or to study here.”
Ms Sivling said her goal is to study architecture and design. She planned to apply for scholarships at the Institute of Technology of Cambodia, the Royal University Fine Arts and other places.
She advised students to take the time to check out all such events, exhibitions, and forums to obtain information, no matter how busy they are with their studies. Such forums are very important opportunities for them to discover their talents and find a path and their true interests, Ms Sivling added.