Month: November 2017

A reflection on an academic anniversary​

  Today is my two-year graduation anniversary. To celebrate this particular day, I thought I might as well share a few thoughts on my journey and thank some people who helped me get through it. My intention is not to go into much detail…

How one becomes a professor in Cambodia

In this post, I want to discuss how a teaching staff member gets promoted to a professor rank in Cambodia. The purpose of my discussion seeks to answer some underlying questions about the process and requirements involving professorship appointment. I hope at the same…

International trends of research reform

We all know that in the global knowledge economy, research is critical since no country, even the smallest one, as Castells (2009) suggested, could benefit much without it. The creation of knowledge through research and development provides a direct economic way for achieving added…

Research development in Cambodian higher education: Challenges and opportunities

When I asked about research progress in Cambodian higher education institutions (HEIs), most of the participants in my study (a year or so ago) did not have much to say. A university administrator said research was beginning to take off gradually and pointed out…

Here’s one way we can increase access for disadvantaged students

Cambodian student enrollment in higher education increases every year. Unfortunately, a large number of young Cambodians from rural areas and low socio-economic backgrounds remain under-represented. A significant reason for their low participation is closely associated with the geographic locations of higher education institutions (HEIs)….

A quick look at Cambodian technical vocational education and training

Status of Cambodian Technical Vocational Education and Training To find the proper place of the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions within the Cambodian postsecondary system, “we might as well look at a pyramid upside down,” a Cambodian higher education scholar told me during…

Toward a better future for Cambodia?

You may have already heard this. During an official visit to Phnom Penh in 1967, the late Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first Prime Minister, said: “I hope one day, my city will look like this. Arguably, Phnom Penh was then considered “the jewel of…

What can we do to break the financial challenges in Cambodian higher education?

Adequate financing determines the success, or the lack thereof, in Cambodian higher education. Since financial resources remain limited, the higher education sector needs to find ways to ensure operation and quality improvement. A difficult question to answer is how they can do that. Cambodia…

Do you have a solution for these higher education problems in Cambodia?

We now know more and more about the growth as well as issues and challenges that come with it within the Cambodian higher education sector. For example, we know the sector is growing very fast. Many higher education establishments are now present in many…

One way to improve teaching and learning in Cambodia

In my last post (The state of teaching and learning in Cambodian higher education), I broke down what Cambodian stakeholders had observed as issues and challenges concerning teaching and learning in Cambodian universities and what they wanted to see changed. I somehow stopped short…

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