Smart, min­istries of­fer scholarships

The Phnom Penh Post - - NATIONAL - Voun Dara

SMART A xi­ata in col­lab­o­ra­tion wit h t he min­istries of Ed­u­ca­tion, Youth and Sport (MoEYS), and Posts and Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion (MPTC), signed a three-year Me­moran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MoU) on Tues­day to “de­velop f uture ta lents and digita l cor­po­rate lead­ers”.

As part of this, 20 scholarships will be of­fered to stu­dents this year.

Smart aims to part­ner both min­istries in de­vel­op­ing top-tal­ents and well-rounded in­di­vid­u­als who are ea­ger to ac­tively con­tribute to the King­dom’s growth in the new dig­i­tal era.

As part of the MoU, the com­pany has com­mit­ted to in­vest­ing $1.5 mil­lion into two pro­grammes – the SmartEdu Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram and the SmartEdu Uni­ver­sity Stu­dent De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram (USDP).

A por­tion of the in­vest­ment will be from Smart’s con­tri­bu­tion to­wards the Royal Gov­ern­ment’s Ca­pac­ity Build­ing and R&D (CBRD) Fund.

Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion, Youth and Sport Hang Chuon Naron said: “Smart has con­tin­ued to be a strong de­vel­op­ment part­ner in in­tro­duc­ing ed­u­ca­tion and tech in­no­va­tion ini­tia­tives, in­clud­ing the SmartEdu Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram and SmartS­tart Young In­no­va­tor Pro­gram.

“I am par­tic­u­larly in­trigued by the USDP’s com­pre­hen­sive learn­ing frame­work that will not only pro­vide knowl­edge but also en­cour­age ‘learn­ing by do­ing’”, he said.

Thirty un­der­grad­u­ates have al­ready ben­e­fit­ted from the SmartEdu Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram which was launched in 2016, and which tar­gets fi­nan­cially chal­lenged Grade 12 grad­u­ates with good aca­demic re­sults.

The pro­gramme has been en­hanced this year with the in­clu­sion of Dis­cov­ery Days, half-day de­vel­op­ment work- shops for high school stu­dents and an In­tro­duc­tion Camp for this year’s 20 se­lected schol­ars.

Min­istry of Posts and Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions per­ma­nent sec­re­tary of state, Sarak Khan said: “In line with the Royal Gov­ern­ment’s Rec­tan­gu­lar Strat­egy IV, MPTC will fur­ther ac­cel­er­ate its ef­forts to find new mea­sures to de­velop Cam­bo­dian ICT tal­ents.

“We are ex­cited that the CBRD Fund has been utilised ef­fec­tively by Smart with its part­ners to ex­pand the SmartEdu brand to cover lead­er­ship de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes with a dig­i­tal spin.

Dur­ing the MoU sign­ing cer­e­mony, Smart also of­fi­cially launched the USDP, which em­u­lates the suc­cess­ful Ax­i­ata Young Tal­ent Pro­gram con­ducted in Malaysia.

Un­der the pro­gramme, 48 top Cam­bo­dian uni­ver­sity stu­dents will take part in a 13-day stay-in boot­camp that will pro­vide par­tic­i­pants with the­o­ret­i­cal, ex­pe­ri­en­tial, per­sonal and re­la­tional de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties through work­shops, busi­ness sim­u­la­tions and coach­ing, cen­tred around var­i­ous in­dus­tries.

The win­ning teams will re­ceive cash prizes while the top five par­tic­i­pants will re­ceive a fully-spon­sored twom­onth work ex­po­sure at Ax­i­ata Group in Malaysia.

The MoU and the newly launched USDP form part of Smart’s com­mit­ment to ad­vance Cam­bo­dia through ed­u­ca­tion and in­no­va­tion, in part­ner­ship with the two min­istries, said Smart Ax­i­ata CEO Thomas Hundt.

“This an­nual pro­gramme will be im­mer­sive and ex­cit­ing. I am cer­tain it will un­lock many fu­ture dig­i­tal lead­ers and CEOs,” Hundt said.

Uni­ver­sity stu­dents can ap­ply to join the USDP be­fore Oc­to­ber 22. For more in­for­ma­tion, fol­low the ‘Smart for Cam­bo­dia’ Face­book page at www. face­book.com/smart­for­cam­bo­dia or visit www.smartedu.kh.

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