article published in the Feb 11-24 issue of Phnom Penh Post entitled "$6,5 M.
French cash aids college." I would like to clarify some points regarding the
The Phnom Penh Institute of Technology was built,
equipped and granted by the Soviet Union to the Kingdom of Cambodia in 1964 and
was named then after Cambodian-Soviet Friendship like another Soviet donation -
a hospital in 1959.
In 1982, after Pol Pot's rule when it was used as a
jail, the Institute was fully reconstructed and re-equipped by the Soviet aid.
The total cost of this gift went up to $60 million.
more than 2,500 technicians and engineers graduated from this higher school of
technology with the help of Soviet professors who taught first in French then
since 1982 in Russian together with local professors who obtained their PhD
degrees in Soviet Universities and Colleges.
Besides this, Russia built
in 1985 and supplied equipment for the biggest "Tek Thla" center of professional
training in Phnom Penh, which has already formed more than 1,200 qualified
workers and technicians with the assistance of Russian teachers and
Up to now more than 4,000 Khmer specialists have graduated
from various Russian educational institutes.
Thirteen hundred Cambodian
citizens continue their studies in CIS countries including the Russian
Federation, with more than 600 students fully at the expense of the receiving
side including scholarships, transport and other facilities.
Russia participates to the international rehabilitation program. Each year the
Russian contribution thus reaches about $2.6 million.
- Guennady Chevelev, Counselor, Embassy of the Russian