In an effort to reduce the digital divide, Alcatel is granting scholarships to top students at the Institute Technology Cambodia (ITC) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Additionally, the company will organise a series of telecom training programs to enhance the telecom knowledge of the students at ITC. The agreement is for Alcatel to grant scholarships to 28 top students at the Institute who achieved academic excellence over the past year. The scholarships will be used to cover their tuition fee for one year. The program, to be run for the next three years, will help Cambodia train professionals to foster the local telecom market development.

In addition to the scholarship, in November, Alcatel began training programs on a broad range of topics related to telecommunications in the format of regular seminars, with company experts from within and outside Asia as instructors. The aim is to equip the students with practical knowledge to equip them for starting their professional career.

Commenting on the initiative, Mr. Pok Than, secretary of state of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of Cambodia and president of the Administration Board for the Institute Technology Cambodia, said, “Cambodia is in the position of competing with other countries in the region to ambitiously stay at the forefront in the technology development area. To create such sustainable competitiveness of the country, the government is aware of the importance of education and developing many programs. The scholarship opens the opportunities for capable students to learn new technologies as they wish, further sharpening their thoughts for the country’s development in the future.”