Friday, April 9, 2010

Cambodian Students Received Scholarships To Study in Japan

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

A total of 19 Cambodian students have received the Japanese scholarships for their postgraduate courses in Japan. The 19 Cambodian scholarship students included five students for the College of Technology, two students for Professional Training College on the Monbukagaku-sho Scholarship and two students for Asia Youth Fellowship program, according to the officials of the Embassy of Japan in Cambodia.

Mr. Masafumi Kuroki, Ambassador of the Japanese Embassy to Cambodia, said that the 19 Cambodian scholarship students will leave Cambodia on April 4th in order to study their postgraduate courses and other higher education institutions in Japan. He stated that the Government of Japan has been offering various kinds of scholarship to Cambodia since 1992, and more than 600 Cambodians have studied at universities and other lager education institutions in Japan.

“I am pleased to learn that Cambodian students have a good reputation of hard work among Japanese university and professors. Many of them have returned to Cambodia to work in the government and the private sector and they are making great contribution to the development of this country,” he said during his opening remarks delivered to a farewell and Networking Reception on March 29th in Phnom Penh.

He added: “For the new students who are leaving soon to Japan, I would like to address my congratulation for being awarded the scholarships. On this occasion, I would like to address following three expectations: Firstly, please make the best use of the opportunity to study in Japan and to acquire a high level of knowledge and skills. I am expecting that you will come back to Cambodia and follow the path of former scholarship students to contribute to your home country. Secondly, please deepen your understanding on Japanese society and Japanese people such as work ethnics, human relations and customs. Thirdly, I hope that you will become a bridge between Cambodia and Japan by promoting the mutual understanding and friendships between our two countries.”

Dr. Phoeurng Sackona, Secretary of State for the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport, said that every year, from 1993 to present 15 to 35 Cambodian students are awarded the chance to study in various universities in Japan and this is the 18th of the implementation of Monbukagakuso program was started in 1993, 282 Cambodian scholarship students have gained the opportunity to study in Japan.

She continued to say that the 19 students will represent Cambodia in many ways within the Japanese communities, their new home. She added that they will also help the government in strengthening the good relationship and friendship between Cambodia and Japan in the future.

“I would like to express my admiration to the scholarship students who made every effort to win the scholarship. In near future, you will go to study in certain universities in Japan. I do hope that you will share a lot of things with your friends and learn a lot from our Japanese friends and bring back knowledge, experiences and skill to contribute for the development of our motherland in Cambodia,” she said.

Seng Peseth, 22, a former student of The University of Cambodia (UC) who won the Kyushu University’s scholarship, said that he was very pleased to win the Japanese scholarship and to go to study in Japan. He added he has received the Kyushu University’s scholarship to study his Master Degree in International Master Program in Economics for the period of two years and six months in Japan.

“I am very pleased to receive the Japanese scholarship and to go to study in Japan. I have to thank the gratitude of the Japanese government as well as the owner of Japanese scholarships, I will commit to study hard and work hard to complete my studies with high credit in Japan. I will also plan to bring my knowledge to work in order to contribute to the development and the progress in my country in the future,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly. ///

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