The opening of ACE’s sixth campus within the nation – situated in Chak Angre – was attended by the Cambodian minister of Schooling, Youth and Sport, Hold Chuon Naron, and the Australian international minister senator, Penny Wong.
Wong was within the nation as Cambodia and Australia celebrated a milestone of 70 years of diplomatic relations. She additionally met prime minister Hun Sen and international minister Prak Sokhonn.
“Since 1992, ACE has performed an important position within the improvement of English language training for Cambodian college students, authorities officers, and professionals at varied ranges,” Hold Chuon Naron stated on the opening of the brand new college.
“This new campus will equip much more younger ladies and men… with the English expertise”
Three many years in the past Australian prime minister Paul Keating and certainly one of Wong’s predecessors international minister Gareth Evans “understood the significance of the area we share”, she stated.
“So, standing beside the Bassac River, a significant department of the Mekong, this new campus will equip much more younger ladies and men together with these with us right now with the English expertise to grasp alternatives as worldwide residents. It stands as a reminder of a area we share a linked future,” Wong famous.
ACE and IDP Schooling nation director, Mao Sreng, who was additionally on the occasion on August 4, stated that over 30 years, greater than half 1,000,000 college students of over 20 nationalities have studied at ACE colleges.
The campus, which was beforehand a garment manufacturing unit, has 2,000 college students enrolled, and options an IDP Research Overseas Useful resource Centre and the IELTS Cambodia Official Check Centre.
“Round 10,000 Cambodians have been positioned into high quality colleges and universities abroad by our examine overseas workplace,” he added.
Whereas renovations had been accomplished earlier than Covid-19, the pandemic noticed colleges throughout Cambodia shut. The constructing was later used as a vaccination centre with some 10,000 individuals from the encircling communities receiving vaccines within the centre.
Talking with The PIE in 2019, Sreng stated that the demand for English language instructing in Cambodia had been booming, and ACE – launched by IDP in 1992 – is “second to none in Cambodia”.
“[Cambodian students] see the English language as a passport to so many various alternatives, together with for additional training coverage within the English language talking setting,” he stated.
“They see English as a pathway to getting scholarships. They see it as a pathway to having the ability to talk successfully in enterprise dealings.”
In 2021, ACE Cambodia received the distinguished Language educator of the 12 months class at The PIEoneer Awards.