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UK’s First Campus in Cambodia Commences Operations

by Surya Narayan
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De Montfort University (DMU) celebrated the official launch of Cambodia’s inaugural UK university campus during a grand ceremony at the Sofitel Phnom Penh Hotel. Asif Iqbal, the Executive Director of DMU, emphasized the institution’s rich educational legacy spanning over 150 years in Leicester, United Kingdom. The renowned university is committed to providing exceptional education and empowering students. Now, DMU is bringing its commitment to excellence and global impact to Cambodia.

Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron speaks at the official launch of De Montfort University, the first UK campus in Cambodia. KT/Tep Sony

Iqbal expressed his enthusiasm for the historic occasion, highlighting that both local and international students will have the unique opportunity to study and earn a UK degree at a British university within Cambodia. This presents students with the advantage of receiving a globally recognized UK university education.

In his statement, Iqbal extended a warm welcome to everyone on behalf of De Montfort University Cambodia and thanked them for joining in the celebration. He stressed the pivotal role that education plays in individual and societal development, emphasizing that lifelong learning is the catalyst for many significant advancements.

The launch event was graced by the presence of esteemed individuals, including Hang Chuon Naron, Minister of Education, Youth and Sport; Heather Wheeler, Member of Parliament and UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Cambodia; Dominic Williams, British Ambassador to Cambodia Professor Katie Normington; DMU Vice-Chancellor Sakina Zafar; President of DMU Kazakhstan and Managing Director of EdPeritus, and DMU Pro Vice-Chancellor International Simon Bradbury.

Iqbal emphasized that the newly established DMU Cambodia campus will pave the way for positive change, offering local and international students the opportunity to study and obtain a UK degree. The advantages of a UK university education will be equally accessible within the British university campus in Cambodia.

DMU Cambodia is all set to commence the teaching of its first undergraduate students in September 2024. The campus, situated in a new building on Koh Pich, is currently undergoing renovations to meet the modern requirements of students and provide the most effective teaching and learning methods. Initially, students will have the option to choose from various undergraduate degree programs, all taught by an international academic team adhering to UK academic standards. On successful completion, students will be awarded their degrees directly by DMU in the UK.

Iqbal reiterated that DMU Cambodia will prioritize employability and ensure that students have access to study opportunities within DMU’s global campus network. Additionally, DMU will open a specialized Centre for English language learning at the beginning of 2024, focusing on English preparation and English for Business.

Sakina Zafar, the Vice-Chancellor of DMU, expressed her confidence that the university will actively support the positive developments and reforms within Cambodia’s education sector. DMU Cambodia aims to provide comprehensive support to the next generation of undergraduates, empowering them to pursue their dreams.

Hang Chuon Naron praised DMU for the establishment of the first official UK university in Cambodia, acknowledging its contribution to human resources development and education within the country. Furthermore, DMU’s presence will aid in promoting high-quality graduates and ensuring access to quality education for Cambodian children.

The launch of the first UK university campus in Cambodia marks a significant milestone, with DMU poised to create a lasting impact on the education landscape of the country, empowering students and driving positive change for years to come.

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