Minister of Inspection Huot Hak has requested that the Cambodia-China Association (CCA) form a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the inspections ministry, in the sphere of education.

Hak met with CCA chairman Gao Jian on November 14. The two sides discussed education exchanges, with a focus on scholarships, training and technical assistance.

​The minister announced on November 15 that the CCA chairman had accepted his proposal, and that the two sides will discuss the MoU in more detail soon.

“Cambodia and China are committed to further strengthening the ‘diamond cooperation framework’ and deepening the building of a common destiny of Cambodia-China in the new era. We want to further enhance cooperation in the field of education between the two countries,” he said.

​“The CCA will arrange a suitable time to sign the agreement with the ministry. We expect this cooperation to be positive, especially as the National Institute of Inspections is subordinate to the ministry, so are tasked with training new inspectors and providing professional development to existing ones,” he added.

He described the MoU as a “bridge” that would support the ministry’s education and training.

During the meeting, Gao proposed four collaborations. He suggested that two scholarships be provided to Chinese school, and that 250 higher education scholarships be offered to the Kingdom’s government. 

He also proposed that “smart” classes be installed in 65 schools, in honour of the 65th Anniversary of Cambodia-China Relations.

Finally, he requested that Prime Minister Hun Manet preside over the China-ASEAN Education Fair, which is scheduled for December 1 and 2.

Kin Phea, director of the Royal Academy of Cambodia’s International Relations Institute, noted that his institute recently worked with China’s Henan Pedagogical University to organise a summer camp.

“Through this experience, I observed that China's education sector is modern, and rapidly evolving. Therefore, I believe that the more we cooperate in education, the more Cambodia will benefit. The development of our human resources is very important in order to support economic growth,” he said.