Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Initial English Language Teaching Books on Sale in Cambodia

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The United Knowledge Company (Cambodia) (UK) and The Oxford University Press (OUP), are one of the most prestigious academic presses in the world and among the leading publishers of English Language Teaching (ELT) books and materials, has announced an exclusive partnership in order to distribute the English language teaching books and materials in Cambodia.

This announcement of partnership was made in Phnom Penh on March 11th during a signing ceremony of the exclusive distribution agreement between Mr. Peter Marshal, Managing Director of the Oxford University Press, from the United of Kingdom and Mr. Meng Hieng, Managing Director of the United Knowledge Company.

“I am very proud that the United Knowledge has been given the opportunity to present in Cambodia this publisher known around the world for its English training publishing program as well as its many other high quality of publications,” said Meng Hieng, before signing at the ceremony.
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The language schools were not able to access the original publications and it was difficult to get ELT publishers to provide support, such training seminars to help teachers in the use of materials, he said, adding that at that time, it was an uphold struggle for the UK as original materials directed from the publishers were much more expensive than private versions which were available in the market.

“We have always strived to support the education in Cambodia. We know Cambodian students are not well-resourced and this new, exclusive distributions agreement with Oxford University Press will allow us to deliver and improve the service and provide better pricing for tier ELT materials in Cambodian market,” he said. “We have already organized teaching skills & development training for around 5000 teachers in Cambodia in the past and we are delighted that our new partnership will mean we can continue and augment this necessary work.”

Hieng said that OUP shared UK’s commitment for development of teacher as it is the key to delivery of good quality knowledge and more accurate learning in the classroom to the ultimate advantage of all Cambodian children. He added that OUP has lost of experience in developing to build curriculum in different countries and markets.

He continued to say that his company looks forward to establishing a working relationship with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport so that it can distribute ideas and suggest materials to support the teaching of English in the National Curriculum in Cambodia.

“We believe that the deal between OUP and UK will be a great success and will contribute to the support of education in Cambodia,” he said. “I am pleased to say because of this partnership, UK will be able to offer schools in Cambodia the best prices for OUP publications-especially the comparison with neighboring countries and markets,” he added.

Peter Marshal, said that OUP has selected United Knowledge Company Limited because of its exclusive experience and success in supplying the ELT market in Cambodia.

“Oxford is proud to partner with United Knowledge, not only because of their unrivalled resources and expertise in Cambodia, but also because similar to Oxford they are committing to serving and helping to develop the human potentials of Cambodia,” he said before the signing ceremony. “The United Knowledge’s commitment reflect our own, and provide a strong foundation of common interests on which to base our partnership,” he stressed.

He continued to say that OUP was founded in 1586 and it is now becoming one of the largest publishers in the United Kingdom, and the largest university press in the world. OUP is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University’s objectives of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. ///

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