A recent meeting between Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet and visiting Chinese Vice Minister of Education Wu Yan highlighted the deepening cooperation between the two nations in the crucial area of education. Taking place at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh on December 20th, the discussion centered on expanding scholarship programs, vocational training initiatives, and aligning educational priorities with labor market needs.
Mutual Appreciation and Continued Collaboration:
Vice Minister Wu Yan expressed gratitude for the opportunity to meet with Prime Minister Hun Manet and participate in the inauguration ceremony of CamTech University, emphasizing the strength of Cambodia-China relations. He further commended the positive outcomes of a prior meeting with Cambodian Minister of Education, Youth and Sport Hang Chuon Naron, where they explored avenues for enhancing educational cooperation.
Prioritizing Human Resource Development:
Prime Minister Hun Manet reciprocated the warm sentiments, welcoming the Chinese delegation and reiterating the importance of education for Cambodia’s future. He underlined the Royal Government’s commitment to human resource development, highlighting their focus on building knowledgeable and healthy citizens. Additionally, he mentioned ongoing reforms aimed at strengthening educational systems and providing quality vocational and technical training, particularly for youth from disadvantaged backgrounds. Initiatives like the STEM program further illustrate the government’s efforts to equip students with skills relevant to the job market.
Scholarship Expansion and Institutional Collaboration:
Premier Hun Manet expressed appreciation for the Chinese government’s continued scholarship opportunities for Cambodian students, allowing them to pursue higher education in China. He also welcomed the ongoing collaboration between the Cambodian and Chinese Ministries of Education, as well as between universities in both countries. This continued exchange of knowledge and expertise promises to benefit students and educational institutions on both sides.
The meeting between Prime Minister Hun Manet and Vice Minister Wu Yan signifies a renewed commitment to educational cooperation between Cambodia and China. With a focus on scholarship opportunities, vocational training, and aligning educational priorities with workforce needs, this collaboration has the potential to significantly contribute to Cambodia’s human resource development goals and strengthen the already close ties between the two nations.