Over 2,000 young people have applied for a “Techo Digital Talent Scholarship” (TDTS) for a Digital Technology Bachelor’s Degree from the Digital Technology Academy of Cambodia (DTAC) after Prime Minister Hun Sen decided to provide scholarships to 100 students.
According to a press release dated January 29, the DTAC received applications from 2,207 candidates, including 834 women.
Each winner will receive a four-year scholarship worth $17,000, including a $120 monthly stipend and a notebook computer.
“This scholarship will be given to outstanding students to study at DTAC, a leading state research and education institution for training in digital technology skills, for Bachelor degrees in Telecoms and Networking, Computer Science and e-Commerce,” the press release stated.
It noted that this is the first time in Cambodia that a public research institute has offered special scholarships aimed at enhancing human resources in the field of digital technology under the prime minister’s attention to encourage outstanding young Cambodians.
Young people will learn digital skills to become future leaders in the field while the country builds its digital economy and develops fourth generation industries.
According to Ministry of Posts and Telecommunication, students are welcome to apply to study this curriculum at the DTAC through February 14. Eligible students are required to have a high school diploma in science and must complete a multiple choice exam on the subjects of mathematics, physics, logic and English.
The ministry said the DTAC curriculum includes technical and soft skills, entrepreneurship and leadership as well as two internships. Graduates will be prepared with knowledge and skills to become leaders in digital technologies in accordance with the Hun Sen’s wishes to develop outstanding human resources to participate in building the nation.
Ministry of Education spokesman Ros Soveacha said that studying digital technologies contributes to the development of education in the Kingdom as well its digital economy.
“Learning about digital technology is part of the ministry’s policy for advancing education in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) to strengthen the development of Cambodia’s digital economy,” he said.
He added that online learning and teaching mechanisms are also part of the ministry’s Education Strategic Plan 2019 to 2023.