Month: October 2017

What is the state of teaching and learning in Cambodian higher education?

  By Sopheap Phan A couple of years back, I traveled to Phnom Penh to interview close to a dozen stakeholders about Cambodian higher education for my doctoral dissertation. My interview covered several key aspects including financing, access/equity, governance, quality, research, and labor market…

How can Cambodia make higher education relevant to the labour market needs?

No doubt, Cambodian higher education has grown over the past decade. Stakeholders, nevertheless, continue to lament about its lack of relevance to the job market. Are there any ways Cambodia can do to improve? In this article, I raise a few points that may…

Roles of universities in social and economic development

Understanding the role that universities play in society can, as Altbach (2008) suggests, help mobilise support for building an efficient higher education system. What central roles do they play? How do they contribute to social and economic development? Undeniably, in today’s economy, the engine…

Applying to study in Canada: How a student from Cambodia did it?

Vicheth Sen, a university lecturer and education researcher from Cambodia, applied and got admitted to the doctoral program at The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada in 2012. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Educational Studies and is in…

Graduate scholarship?

I am from Cambodia. Can I apply for a Master’s or doctoral scholarship to study in Canada? The short answer is yes. Every year thousands of international students from around the world come to study in Canada. Some pay for their programs out of…

​The roots of female subordination in Cambodia

Cambodian constitution recognises equal rights between men and women. They can participate in all social, economic, and cultural activities without discrimination. The Cambodian government has passed many pieces of legislation and policies to advance the status of women and eliminate discrimination against women. Nowadays,…

Let’s adopt a shared governance!

Today, a worldwide trend in higher education (HE) governance is leaning toward a shared responsibility. That is, the governing board, faculty, students, professional staff, administrators, and the academic or education council, as Cramer & Mozlin (2013) points out, participate in the development of policies…

Welcome to my blog!

My name is Sopheap Phan, and I am a Cambodian currently living in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. Before moving to Canada, I had worked at the Royal University of Phnom Penh. I attended The University of British Columbia in Vancouver and graduated in 2015….

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