With an increasing number of Cambodian students seeking tertiary qualifications overseas, the UK regularly tops the list of preferred destinations. So what is it about the UK that attracts so many students from around the world?
A UK qualification is recognised and respected globally, with three UK universities listed in the Top 10 World University Rankings. There are over 450,000 international students from all corners of the world studying in the UK and move on to successful careers.
UK graduates are also in high demand from major corporations globally. The UK education system has attracted many international students who have gone on to become global financial leaders, leading politicians and thinkers who have had an important influence on the world. These include Bill Clinton, Desmond Tutu, Imran Khan, Deng Yaping and Mahatma Ghandi.
Quality standards for UK programs are among the highest in the world. The rigorous internal and external quality assurance systems in place lead to published ratings and reports, which are available though the Quality Assurance Agency website.
The UK has a long tradition as a leader in scientific and creative innovation and has been the recipient of the second highest number of Nobel Prizes in the world. Students coming to study scientific and technical subjects in the UK will benefit from learning alongside some of the world’s top intellectual achievers.
The UK learning experience allows students independent thought, encourages proactive problem-solving skills, enables development of intellectual skills and empowers creative and effective thinking. These skills are recognised by employers as the qualities needed to meet the requirements of the global economy and to succeed in a competitive job market.
The distinct advantage that the UK education system has is the fact that the duration of most of the undergraduate honours degrees is three years and the Masters courses is one year. Due to the shorter duration students will be able to save on both tuition fees and living costs.
The UK has been welcoming international students from over 100 countries for generations. It has one of the world’s lowest drop-out rates due to a comprehensive support system in place for international students. This includes a dedicated international office, international student societies, planned social activities, academic support and a personal tutor.
Finally, the UK is an ideal base from which students can explore the rest of Europe. The excellent road, rail and air links allow inexpensive and hassle-free travel. Travelling within Europe will also give them the opportunity to learn about different cultures and lifestyles.
Information and assistance for studying in the UK can be obtained free of charge from the IDP Study Abroad Resource Centre in Phnom Penh.