The trend of sending children to study abroad happens very often in Cambodia for well-off parents who think about their children’s future. Though those parents have to spend a large amount of money, they still pay without hesitation.
It is important for them to find a school which will provide their children with a real quality education. Meanwhile, spending large amounts of money and being far from home are also concerns for parents who do not have any relatives abroad.
In order to obtain the highest quality of education and to take the burdens and concerns away from the students’ parents, Raffles International College was established 20 years ago in Singapore and the Asia Pacific Region as well as in Australia. The college is located at No 25, Street 97, near the Boeung Trabek High School. It opened in Phnom Penh in October 2010.
James Chong, the College Director of Raffles International College in Cambodia, told the Post that the college already has 130 multinational students.
He said, “At the same time, this college is growing and will grow faster when it has its own buildings on its own land. Currently we have more than 30 colleges in the Asia Pacific Region including Australia and New Zealand”.
Raffles colleges are located in many countries: Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, China, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Mongolia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Cambodia.
After setting up 20 years ago, Raffles has won many awards in regional competitions and it has created many qualified and talented graduates.
Mr. Chong said, “After graduating from Raffles International College the students will receive a certificate which is recognized by the Ministry of Education in Singapore and regional countries. Graduates can continue their studies for one more year and qualify for an Australian Degree”.
“During their studies students have the option of changing their college from one country to another. For example if a student has studied at Raffles in Phnom Penh for six months and then wants to pursue his or her studies in Bangkok, Manila, or Singapore, for example, they may do so without any penalty”.
He added that in Cambodia, Raffles provides four major courses, Fashion Design, Interior Design, Multi-Media Design, and Business. Raffles also has an English programme. All programmes are taught by international lecturers.
Mr. Chong said that all courses have the same structure that is it is a two year programme in Cambodia with the opportunity to complete the Australian degree in Sydney, Singapore or Bangkok. He said all courses are taught in the English language; therefore, students need to pass the IELTS exam at level 5 or equivalent.
Mr. Chong went on to say, “In Cambodia, Business is the most popular course, with 90% of students opting for this programme. The other programmes are not as popular with Cambodian students, even though there is now a big need for them in Cambodia. I believe that within 5 -10 years, demand will be at the same level as more developed countries.
Raffles International College (Cambodia) Ltd, opened in Cambodia only three years ago with 10 students, but now has 130 students from Cambodia, Korea, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, India, Mongolia, Vietnam and Burma.