At a ceremony at the under-construction Kompong Speu Institute of Technology on Tuesday morning, Prime Minister Hun Sen thanked Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, who is visiting Cambodia and personally funded the facility, for supporting technical education in Cambodia.
With the groundbreaking ceremony for the institute having already been held in August, Tuesday’s event at the 205-hectare site was primarily a photo opportunity for the pair.
“This achievement is not just for people today, but it will be for the next generation as well,” Mr. Hun Sen said.
The prime minister said Cambodian officials had originally proposed Koh Kong province for the institute, but Princess Sirindhorn suggested somewhere farther east on the assumption that Cambodians living close to the border could study in Thailand.
A post on Mr. Hun Sen’s Facebook page Tuesday said the institute will offer degrees in civil and electrical engineering, computer sciences, hospitality and tourism, with classes beginning in 2018.