Phnom Penh (FN), Mar. 31 – Ambassador of The Russian Federation to Cambodia Anatoly Borovik said that Russia has increased the education scholarship quota from 25 seats in 2023 to 40 in 2024.

The ambassador spoke in a briefing themed “Russia-Cambodia Relations, and Other Topical Issues of Russian Foreign Policy” on Friday (Mar. 31) at the Russian Embassy.

"Our country has always paid close attention to the development of humanitarian relations, including the training of Cambodian human resources," said Anatoly Borovik. “Unfortunately, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the hardship in Russia in the 1990s caused the quota figure to be reduced. At the same time, interpersonal relationships remain important in strengthening mutual understanding between peoples.”

The current quote is 25 in 2023 and will be increased to 40 in 2024 and with this opportunity, Cambodian students will be able to get a quality education in Russia and get to know the culture as well as beautiful scenery of the country, the ambassador added.

Diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Cambodia were established in May 1956 with the aim of developing international cooperation and strengthening world peace. Cambodian late king father Norodom Sihanouk's repeated visits to the Soviet Union in the 1950s and 1960s helped to strengthen the bilateral cooperation.

According to Anatoly Borovik, from the very first year, Russia has expressed its desire to contribute to the development of Cambodia's infrastructure and strengthening human resource potential. Separately, the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital as well as the Higher Technical Education Institution, currently the Institute of Technology of Cambodia were built as a gift for Cambodia. In addition, Russia has also provided assistance to the people and government of Cambodia in the fight against infectious diseases.

The ambassador continued, while Cambodia was devastated from the Khmer Rouge genocidal regime, the Soviet Union in 1979 provided substantial assistance to Cambodia's economic recovery. Soviet experts restored new educational and medical institutions, departments, energy, industry, and agriculture. At that time, many Cambodian students studied in many cities of the Soviet Union. Since the 1980s, more than 8,000 Cambodian students have studied at Soviet / Russian universities. Humanitarian dialogue remains very important in Russia-Cambodia relations.