Students who graduate from three Cambodian high schools that are part of the “New Generation School” (NGS) programme will receive scholarships from CamTech University, which focuses on science and technology.

Kheang Sothy, rector of the university, made the announcement during the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the three schools, held during a December 29 study tour of the university. The ceremony was presided over by San Vathana, undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.

The three co-signatories were Preah Sisowath High School, Prek Leap High School and Samdech Akka Moha Thamma Pothisal Chea Sim Prek Anchanh High School.

“This collaboration is aimed at establishing a relationship between the university and the New Generation Schools. We will provide professional counseling in higher education to high school students, and offer information about various studies, including scholarships,” he said.

“The university will provide scholarships to outstanding students from the three high schools and knowledge sharing opportunities – including AI labs for robotics education and sports libraries, as well as technology and science – while also offering exhibitions and seminars about future careers and training for staff,” he added.

The university offers 75 scholarships each year, through English and Mathematical Exams. Applications close on January 20, with exams scheduled for January 13 and 25. New students will be enrolled from January 30.

The university has already accepted 46 students who passed the exam in the second half of 2022. They will attend the university from January 30.

“They received 100, 75 or 50 per cent scholarships, based on the results of the 90-minute math and 60-minute English exams,” said Sothy.

“Students currently enrolled in the 12th grade at New Generation Schools can take the scholarship exam in advance,” he added.

Speaking to the students of the NGSs, the ministry’s Vathana said that they should select one subject that they love and focus exclusively on it, rather than attempting to take on two university courses at the same time.

“It is difficult to manage your time and maintain your focus if you are trying to acquire several degrees. In addition, each of you should be learning multiple languages and computer skills,” he added.

He believed the MoU would promote a closer working relationship between the university and the NGS high schools.

During the study tour, potential students and their parents and guardians were offered professional counseling regarding course selection. Professors – and current students at the university – spoke with them about the study materials and curriculum of CamTech University.

Sothy said they discussed each student’s talents and preferences, and how they might best meet the needs of the current and future labour market.