The UK is set to fortify its commitment to Cambodia’s educational development, marked by the inauguration of De Montfort University Cambodia, the first UK higher education institution to open a branch in the country. The development coincides with the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two nations.

British ambassador Dominic Williams expressed his excitement about the launch.

“Through this university, we can demonstrate that education is crucial for the next step in Cambodia’s development and is also an important part of the bilateral trade relationship,” he said.

Williams added that the university fosters a unique, lifelong relationship between individuals, including Cambodian students studying at UK institutions, both within the country and abroad.

Trade envoy Heather Wheeler, representing the UK prime minister, expressed her aspirations for more Cambodians to access schooling in both the country and the UK during the official launch on September 25.

“The opening of this university is an important achievement that will contribute to delivering top-notch education and teaching,” she stated.

Wheeler emphasised the UK’s steadfast support for Cambodia’s progress and underscored the pivotal role British academic training could play in equipping the nation with the skills essential for economic growth and fostering closer bilateral relations.

Minister of Education, Youth and Sport Hang Chuon Naron viewed the university’s establishment in Cambodia as a historic moment for the nation, enabling youth to receive quality learning aligned with British standards without leaving the country. He expressed gratitude for the ongoing efforts to develop human resources and implement projects in Cambodia.

Established by sub-decree No 203 on July 20, the university boasts six faculties, including Business and Law, Computer Science, Design, English, Education and Engineering.

Kong Samneang, head of the Federation of Education Services, welcomed the presence of a renowned British university and urged local institutions to glean knowledge from such establishments to bolster their capabilities. Samneang also encouraged students to hone their English language, general knowledge, mathematics and science skills to seize opportunities to study in the UK and other countries.