Pich Sophoan, standing secretary of state at the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training, described how building the next generation of human resources with specific career skills provides a solid foundation for the Kingdom’s socio-economic development. He said it will in turn ensure sustainable economic progress and lead to the gradual reduction of poverty.

Sophoan was addressing a July 29 inauguration ceremony of a new facility at the state-run National Polytechnic Institute of Angkor in Siem Reap province, where he presented diplomas to its trainees and students.

According to the provincial information department, Sophoan explained that specific skill development is a government priority, in line with the implementation of its Rectangular Strategy at all stages, as it promotes knowledge, professionalism, creativity, innovation, ethics and a high sense of responsibility.

He explained that training requires an investment of money and time, but the results that are returned are the key to increasing productivity and efficiency in order to achieve sustainable development in a world on the verge of globalisation.

“The students who are receiving degrees today are testament to the further development of the education sector in Cambodia,” he said.

He praised the progress of the polytechnic and praised all stakeholders, particularly the newly graduated students, as their graduation demonstrated their commitment to pursuing studies with a clear link to their future careers.

During the ceremony, deputy provincial governor Mony Rainsy offered her congratulations to the successful students, noting that they now have the skills to pursue work that will enable them to contribute to supporting their families and society as a whole.

The polytechnic is currently staffed by a total of 82 civil servants, including contracted, outsourced and full-time instructors and faculty. A total of 16,851 students have graduated.

This year 1,172 students graduated, 31 of them with a Bachelor’s degree in technology, 391 with a Master’s in technology, and 750 with technical and vocational qualifications.