Turks Claim Zamen Schools in Cambodia are Sold and Rebranded

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Turks Claim Zamen Schools in Cambodia are Sold and Rebranded

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:03 am

Does anyone have confirmation of this ?
FETO-linked schools closed in Cambodia
WORLD Anadolu Agency
Published December 25,2018

A Cambodian company bought all the schools linked to Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) in the country in November, a Turkish education foundation said on Tuesday.
Turkey's Maarif Foundation (TMV) said that Zaman University and its four affiliated schools linked to the FETO were bought by a local firm and renamed as International Paragon University, as part of a cooperation in the fight against FETO, the terrorist group behind the 2016 defeated coup in Turkey.

During his visit to Turkey in October, Cambodian Prime Minister HE assured Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of his country's cooperation in the fight against FETO.

The two countries also signed a cooperation deal in the field of education. The agreement came into effect on Dec. 11.

TMV board visited Cambodia after Sen's visit to Turkey in October and warned the Cambodian foreign and education ministers of the FETO threat.

Cambodian officials told Turkey that there is no Turkish national studying or teaching in the schools and that all of them have already left the country.
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Re: Turks Claim Zamen Schools in Cambodia are Sold and Rebranded

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:20 pm

The news has been confirmed here: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/feto-l ... dia-140019

The article below dates from December 2017. Cambodia seems to have been one of the last countries to hand over the Zamen schools administration to the Turkish government organization, the Maarif Foundation.
‘All FETÖ-linked schools in Senegal now closed’
All the schools in Senegal linked to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETö), the group behind last year’s defeated coup in Turkey, have been closed, with three placed under a new Turkish administration.
The Maarif Foundation was established after the July 2016 coup attempt in Turkey to take over the administration of overseas schools linked to FETÖ. It also establishes schools and education centers abroad.

To date, it has taken over dozens of FETÖ-linked schools in the African countries of Somalia, Guinea, Niger, Sudan, and the People's Republic of Congo.
https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/all-f ... ed-2880316
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Re: Turks Claim Zamen Schools in Cambodia are Sold and Rebranded

Post by Username Taken » Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:44 pm

Paragon International University (Khmer: សាកលវិទ្យាល័យអន្តរជាតិផារ៉ាហ្កន), previously known as Zaman University (សាកលវិទ្យាល័យ ហ្សាម៉ាន់), is a private university located in Phnom Penh city, Cambodia.
The university was founded in 2010 by Ali Kokten, the former Chairman of Zaman International School (ZIS) (which has three campuses: nursery and kindergarten, primary school, and high school).[1]
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Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Sat Jan 05, 2019 8:11 am

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Zamen University is still advertising on the government Fresh News site.
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Post by Username Taken » Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:00 am

They have a new sign at the front of the school which says "PARAGON INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL".
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Re: Turks Claim Zamen Schools in Cambodia are Sold and Rebranded

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:49 am

Another informative article from The Diplomat:
Turkey’s Gülen Crackdown Comes to Cambodia
One of Cambodia’s top international school systems has quietly changed hands amid the Gülen controversy.
By Danielle Keeton-Olsen
January 16, 2019

Zaman International Schools, flagged by Turkish officials for its alleged connections to the Fethullah Gülen movement, innocuously changed names and hands at the year’s end, after Turkey promised to boost bilateral trade with Cambodia beyond $1 billion.

The international school system, which is one of the more established and most expensive in Cambodia, was recently bought in full by Chea Sophakanny, a Cambodian business owner with deep connections in the government. Both the grade school and university still go by Zaman on their website and Facebook page, but the registered name changed to Paragon as of November 13, according to Commerce Ministry records.

Sophakanny assumed full control over the school system at the end of 2018, after becoming the majority shareholder in 2016. She is the daughter of Cambodia’s Land Minister Chea Sophara and wife of Eang Sophalleth, an adviser to Prime Minister HE. The school shares its new name — Paragon Education Co. Ltd. — with Sophakanny’s collection of construction, property development, and mining services, Paragon Professional Services.
Read the full article: https://thediplomat.com/2019/01/turkeys ... -cambodia/
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