Cambodian Education Minister lauds SEARCA scholarship Program

  • 24 February 2015, Tuesday

HE Dr. Hang Chuon Naron, Cambodia’s Minister of Education, Youth and Sports presents a token of appreciation to Dr. Maria Cristeta N. Cuaresma, SEARCA’s Program Head for GEID

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – The Southeast Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) drew compliments from Dr. Hang Chuon Naron, Cambodia’s Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, particularly in the Center’s efforts to build the capacities of the country’s manpower in agriculture through graduate scholarship.

In a courtesy visit of Dr. Maria Cristeta N. Cuaresma, Program Head of SEARCA’s Graduate Education and Institutional Development (GEID) on 10 February 2014, Minister Naron said that with the country’s efforts to improve their agriculture, particularly their rice production, SEARCA’s graduate scholarship will be very instrumental. As such, he looks forward to a sustained partnership between the government and the Center. The meeting took place after SEARCA’s interview of scholarship applicants from Cambodia.

At present, SEARCA is also assisting Cambodia in its human resource development through the Center’s Institutional Development Assistance to the Royal University of Agriculture (RUA), Cambodia’s leading agricultural university.

Since the establishment of the SEARCA graduate scholarship program in 1968, SEARCA has awarded scholarship grants to more than 60 Cambodians to pursue graduate study programs in agriculture, forestry, and related sciences.