Hun Sen Thanks Thai Princess for Funding New School

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.

Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn takes a photograph with her smartphone before paying her respects at the statue of late King Father Norodom Sihanouk in Phnom Penh on Tuesday. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn takes a photograph with her smartphone before paying her respects at the statue of late King Father Norodom Sihanouk in Phnom Penh on Tuesday. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

“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.

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