Thursday, March 19, 2009

University Hosts Weeklong Event About UK Education

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

Cambodian Mekong University (CMU), in cooperation with ten British educational institutions, hosted a five-day British Education Cambodia Week on March 18 to 22 in Phnom Penh.

Anson Dews, International Department Officer at CMU, said the education week gave Cambodian university students more information on study abroad opportunities in the UK and highlighted the importance of education in a knowledge-based world.

The event included lectures, presentations and films describing the educational opportunities and education quality in the UK, said Dews. It was conducted by a group of British lecturers and education experts. Cambodian students could participate free of charge.

Dews said that the educational event took place at CMU, Meta House and David Fletcher’s English Center in Phnom Penh.

The 10 British educational institutions taking part in the included: Swansea University, Northumbria University, BPP Law School, Nilai University College (degree programs with Oxford Brookes University), St. Patrick’s College (degree from programs with University of Portsmouth), London School of Commerce (degree programs with the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff), Asia E-University and Staffordshire University. The Asia Pacific University College of Technology and Innovation in Kuala Lumpur also took part.

Hor Chan Rotha, CMU’s Director of Administration and Public Relations, said this is the third time that his university has organized this event.

Chan Rotha said the main purpose of the education week is to provide the opportunity for Cambodian students and the public to gain an understanding about the educational opportunities and scholarships in the UK. It also allows Cambodian students to meet, network and communicate directly with British lecturers and educators prior to graduation. More than 3,000 students from state and private universities attended the five-day event.

Sok Bun, 19, a Law student at Royal University of Law and Economics in Phnom Penh, said that he was pleased to attend the British Education Week.

“The education system and the universities in UK are very interesting to me,” Bun said. “I will apply to study at a British university when I complete my graduation in Cambodia.”

Sun Kimleang, 21, a student at the National University of Management who also attended the event, said that she learned lot useful information.
“I think that the British educational system is very up-to-date and an excellent choice for me, but I am probably not going to be able to apply to it because I have no money,” Kimleang said. “I have to study hard and try my best to get scholarships from the foreign embassies and universities in future.”

Chan Rotha said CMU, values education with more than 3,000 students studying there. Since the establishment of CMU in 2003, more than 300 students have graduated and more than 90 percent of them have found works with private and international companies as well national and international non-government organizations in Cambodia.

To further education and help disadvantaged students gain access to a university university education, CMU offers 60 to 80 scholarships per year, Chan Rotha said. Candidates for scholarships are selected by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport.

He said that CMU also provides scholarship for excellent students who complete their high school exams and pass CMU’s exams each year. The university also offers a 50 percent discount on study fees for all Cambodian teachers or government officers who do worked relating to education in Cambodia. //////



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