Thursday, February 28, 2013
The Association of Consultants for International Students (Singapore)
The population of Cambodia is estimated in July 2012 by Index Mundi to be 14,952,665 (ref: http://www.indexmundi.com/cambodia/demographics_profile.html). Of this, 32.2% are age 14 and below, and 21.9% are between 15 and 24 (please also refer to https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/cb.html). Suffice to say, more than 50% are school going age. Cambodia is an emerging market as its Government has over the last 12 years taken steps to improve its economic development. Although its emphasis is on agriculture, the Government has recognized
the importance of education in paving the way for the Country’s future economic growth and development. It has therefore increasingly placed greater importance and has given greater priority in education. However, due to budgetary constraints and low standard of education in public schools in term of school facilities, quality of teachers and management staff as well as curriculum development, private sector’s contribution in providing higher quality of education has been encouraged and has been thriving over the last 5 or 6 years.
In private schools the quality of education in term of curriculum, quality of teaching staff with many expatriates, and school facilities are better than that of public schools. Hence, tuition fees are higher. That, however, does not deter middle income parents in sending their children to such schools as they recognise that better education for their children would enhance better future for their children, especially more and more Cambodians are now better off and could financially afford higher education fees. Besides the Cambodians, there are also more and more foreign professionals moving into Cambodia as more and more foreign companies moving in as Cambodia is stepping up its economic development. They too need quality private schools for their children.
There are no less than 100 private schools in Cambodia, mainly in Phnom Penh though there is no official figure on the number of such schools. Competition in private education is high. In order to stay competitive, more and more private schools are looking for ways to further improve the quality of their curriculum, their teaching staff and their facilities, as well as looking for tie-up with better schools overseas to enhance their position as leading private education institution.
It is in this backdrop that the Association of Consultants for International Students (Singapore), ACIS(S), in collaboration with the Association of Private Schools and Colleges (APSC), staged the first Singapore Education Fair in Cambodia in early 2011. The Fair was attended by more than 1,000 students and visitors, and led to conclusionof couple of collaborative agreement between an EduTrust certified PEI and couple of PEIs in Phnom Penh. ACIS(S) once again plans to hold the next Singapore Education Fair from 9 to 11 May 2013 in Phnom Penh. It will be a 3-day event with the first two days visiting selected PEIs in Phnom Penh and discussing with their management staff
for possible areas of collaboration. The Fair proper is a 1-day affair for students and visitors to obtain direct information on programmes that are offered by participating PEIs.
Terms and Condition:
1. Open to any Singapore CPE EduTrust certified PEIs
2. Open to ACIS(S) MEMBERS
3. Open to education consultants who are currently not yet a
member of ACIS(S) and to provider of auxiliary services
A 3-day programme as follows:
Day 1 (09 May)Visit to shortlisted PEIs in Phnom Penh in group of 3; one in the morning and
one in the afternoon
Discussion with management staff of schools to be visited on areas of
Presentation to appropriate target group of students of schools to be visited
Day 2 (10 May) As Day but to different schools
Day 3 Fair proper from 0900 hrs to 1500 hrs at Sunway Hotel
Institution Rates at US$2,500.00
ACIS(S) Member Rates at US$2,200.00
Non-Member Rates at US$2,600.00
For more information please contact ACIS(S) at:
President: Mr Yio Eng Chiang HP 96433676 email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Ms Amy Heng HP 90174216 email:email@example.com
Treasurer: Gregory Lye HP 91070666 email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration closes - 1 April 2013