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PHNOM PENH —A French-speaking Employment Center has been opened at the National University of Battambang to encourage students to study this language and help French-speaking students find jobs at workplaces requiring French-speaking staff.
The agreement was signed on March 10 by the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF)—an international association of more than 1,000 universities and research centers using the French language—that was represented by AUF President Slim Khalbous and the National University of Battambang represented by its rector Sok Khorn. The signing ceremony took place at the Institute of Technology of Cambodia in Phnom Penh.
During the ceremony, Sok Khorn said that all students in Cambodia have the opportunity to take part in exchange programs at French-language institutions abroad and return with quality training enabling them to get employed after graduation. “I hope the French language will remain forever important in Cambodia’s education,” he said. Slim Khalbous of AUF added that he hopes to see Cambodia's presence and role continue to grow in this university association, which includes members of around 90 countries.
The French-Speaking Employment Center at the Battambang university is now the second AUF/Cambodia center in the country, the other one being at the Institute of Technology in Phnom Penh.
These centers, which maintain contact with employers who seek French-speaking staff, offer consulting and assistance to French-speaking students looking for work. This includes helping them write their resumes, write cover letters when applying for jobs, and preparing them for interviews.
Moreover, the centers offer students training in project management, information technology as well as French-language vocational-training degrees and entrepreneurship training, all of which are crucial for the current job market.
The Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) currently has members in around 90 countries. In Cambodia,13 universities that are members of AUF: Angkor University, the Cambodia Academy of Digital Technology, the Institute of Technology of Cambodia, the National Institute of Education, the National Institute of Diplomacy and International Relations, the National University of Battambang, the National University of Management, the Royal School of Administration, the Royal University of Agriculture, the Royal University of Fine Arts, the Royal University of Law and Economics, the Royal University of Phnom Penh, and the University of Health and Science.