In a step towards expanding global education options for Cambodian students, a prominent multinational social enterprise is set to host one of its most extensive international study fair, scheduled to take place in Phnom Penh on October 25-26.
Chheang Yuki Lisa, a marketing officer at SpringBoard4Education, described this two-day event as an unprecedented opportunity to propel local students onto the global educational stage.
“Study Fair 2023 isn’t just an exhibition; it’s a gateway for our youth to access world-class education. It embodies our mission to help students enhance their academic pursuits through international programmes,” she told The Post.
The primary objective of this event is to open doors to a world of international academic opportunities for students.
Beyond acquainting attendees with educational prospects, it also offers a platform where students can gain insights into university entry requirements.
This personal interaction is emphasised as participants will engage with representatives from universities of interest, discussing their goals and academic pathways.
“The event shines a spotlight on sought-after scholarship opportunities, and fostering an environment for student networking,” she said.
Under the guidance of university representatives, these elements converge to provide each student with a more comprehensive understanding and a clearer perspective of their forthcoming academic journey.
In addition to meeting with over 100 university representatives hailing from Australia, the UK, US, Canada, Switzerland, Singapore and Thailand, participants will also gain insights into various school requirements.
“Some institutions prioritise IELTS scores, some emphasise GPA, while others may focus on a well-rounded CV,” she explained.
SpringBoard4Education has offered guidance on academic visas and admissions for students aspiring to study abroad since 2008.
From the UK & Australia Fair in 2019 to the subsequent multi-country fair, which included the UK, Australia, Singapore and Thailand in 2020, and then reverting to the UK & Australia Fair in 2021, each year has seen a growth in participation and prospects, said Lisa.
An interesting facet that she highlighted is the possibility for Cambodian students as young as those in Grade 10 to consider educational opportunities in Australia.
“A student can study for just one year in Australia and potentially wrap up their bachelor’s degree in a mere three years,” she said.
For individuals contemplating scholarship opportunities, the fair ensures information and guidance. Notably, three prominent embassies will showcase their scholarship programmes: the US’ Fulbright, the UK’s Chevening, and the Australia Awards.
Aspiring students also have the opportunity to secure complimentary IELTS examination slots for their overseas studies.
Lisa said the international educational landscape is currently highly welcoming to Cambodian students.
“There’s a growing understanding of the potential and competence our students bring to the table,” she said.
The event’s first day is scheduled to begin at The Premier Centre Sen Sok in the capital’s Sen Sok district, with the subsequent day taking place at Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra in Chamkarmon district.