The just-concluded 4th Global Alumni Convention (GAC) ended on a powerful note that the exchange of information among different stakeholders in the education industry is vital to promote quality education.
The convention organsied by IDP Education, an international education and student placement services organisation, offered a strong platform for experts and officials to promote the importance of higher education.
Over 2,500 attendees joined the convention that was held at the Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethraom from November 10-12.
The GAC series, established in 2015, is now hosted annually as one of the most prestigious arenas for international education opportunities and business networking in Cambodia.
“The GAC is relevant because it gives people an opportunity to both find out about the opportunities to study in different parts of the world and for people who have already had those opportunities, to meet and exchange experiences and network with each other,” said George Edgar, Ambassador of the European Union to Cambodia.
At the opening ceremony on Saturday, Edgar stressed that education is vital for poverty eradication, economic growth and peace and stability.
Prince Bank Chief Business Officer Bin Devin said, “education is the backbone underpinning the economy therefore we make this a priority in our corporate social responsibility efforts.”
In his opening address, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Veng Sakhon, said the convention helps to bring together alumni and education institutions from around the globe as well as students, parents and those interested in furthering their education to learn more about education and career opportunities.
“I especially encourage more students to consider doing agriculture-related subjects and come back to help realise this potential for our country,” he said, adding that the workforce in the agriculture sector continues to dwindle.
The GAC was divided into three events – the Global Education and Career Expo, the Global Education and Business Forum and the Global Alumni Dinner.
Over 53 institutions from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom, the US, Malaysia, Singapore, Spain and Cambodia participated in the event.
These institutions showcased world-class study options to students and professionals considering furthering their education overseas.
Information on study programs, admission requirements, student visa processes and scholarships was available directly from education representatives, IDP Education’s study abroad counsellors, visa officers and scholarship providers
“Sathapana is happy to support 4th GAC as a sponsor and with speakers. One of our CSR program is sustaining education so the GAC matches with one of our objectives.
“The GAC is a great platform for students, teachers, government officials and the private sector to learn, understand, and share the knowledge between local and international individuals, especially through networking,” said KySomana, Head of Marketing and Public Relations of Sathapana Bank.