The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport and a Thai university have signed an agreement to enhance bilateral educational cooperation, exchange studies, scholarship programmes and scientific and technological support.

“The signing ceremony was witnessed by Minister of Education, Youth and Sport, Hang Chuon Naron and representatives from the Prince of Songkla University in Thailand,” said an August 23 social media announcement from the ministry.

The post announced that the Thai delegation had expressed their delight at the behaviour and work ethic of their Cambodian students, noting that they had studied hard and achieved great success. They believed the students would make a strong contribution to their nation’s development upon their return.

“The Prince of Songkla University will continue its efforts to strengthen cooperation with us through this agreement, and those it had signed with various educational institutions in Cambodia,” said the ministry.

It added that the university has awarded bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate scholarships to Cambodian students – through the assistance of Princess Sirindhorn of Thailand – since 2012.

It continued that the Thai university is establishing a Cambodian alumni association with the purpose of maintaining relations, alliance and solidarity among alumni and the university. It would also share information regarding scholarships and programmes, issue updates on the successes of the students and hold gatherings with alumni members on their regular visits to Cambodia.

Yang Peou, secretary-general of the Royal Academy of Cambodia, described the cooperation between the ministry and the university as orientating higher education and improving the study contexts of the students, especially through the scientific and technological support it offered.

He added that the agreement supported the new Cambodian government’s viewpoints and policy of developing and supporting technology, science and innovation.

“This agreement aligns with government’s pentagon policy. We hope that the ministry and other pertinent institutions will seek out other partners that support technology and innovation,” he concluded.

Under the current scholarship project, a total of 169 Cambodia students graduated from the university with Bachelor’s Degrees and Master’s Degrees.