In August 2017, ISF student Bunleng passed his grade 12 exams and completed his Cambodian high school education. Coming from a country where one in three children don’t complete primary education and from one of Phnom Penh’s most disadvantaged slum communities, university was never considered an option for Bunleung. However, his hard work and determination to succeed in school provided him with new opportunities he never dreamed were possible. (Read more about Bunleng’s background and involvement at ISF here.)
After high school, Bunleung passed his English exam to enter university and won a full scholarship from the University of Cambodia where he started studying Business Management. However, he was recently offered a 50% scholarship to study at the National Taiwan University and decided to relocate there just last month.
As he boarded his flight to Taiwan, his first ever flight, the young student described feeling a mix of emotions; excited and nervous but also a little sad as he had never spent any time away from his family before. But now, speaking to ISF just a few weeks after the move, he tells us that he’s settling in well in Taiwan and is delighted to have the chance to study there. He’s attending classes for eight hours a day, six days a week and feels confident that his English and Chinese language skills are improving all the time.
Bunleng aspires to settle in Taiwan after his degree and make a better living there than in Cambodia so he can support his family.