Cambodia's Policy on Research Development in the Education Sector

  • General Information

In July 2010, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport has developed the “Policy on Research Development in the Education Sector”. The Policy stated that Higher education plays a primary role in responding to globalization. The experiences of advanced and developed countries demonstrate that developing human resources in institutions of higher education is essential for advancing the country. Globalization brings both opportunities and challenges to education in Cambodia. Challenges to the higher education sector include: increasing numbers of students accessing institutions throughout the country, growing need for research, building the knowledge society and advancing the economy, and increasing autonomy and accountability of higher education institutions. Higher education institutions need for academic freedom, good governance, respect for intellectual property, higher level of academic qualification, will improve the quality of education to gain regional and international recognition.

Education for sustainable national development demands that the country pays more attention to improving education strategies and developing the research capacity of higher education institutions throughout Cambodia. Currently, due to the lack of human resources, higher education institutions in Cambodia still primarily focus on teaching rather than research and the provision of professional services. Building a research culture in higher education institutions is a new initiative that will motivate people working in the sector to become more creative, innovative and accountable.

Higher education institutions should provide opportunities and encouragement to students, lecturers and researchers, to develop research and professional skills, and participate in local and international scientific research forums.

Vision, Goal and Purposes

1. Vision
To build the capacity of human resources in terms of knowledge, skills, ethics, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship to maximize the long term development of Cambodian society and economy in the globalization context.

2. Goal
The policy will build research culture in all higher education institutions, transforming them into outstanding institutions to link education and research to develop the country.

3. Purposes
Policy on Research Development in the Education Sector has the following purposes:

  • To enhance the quality of higher education in Cambodia by transforming the institutions into research centres for developing and creating new knowledge.
  • To increase the opportunities for cooperation with national and international networks.
  • To advance human resource capacity, creativity and innovation.


  • Contact Details

 Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport
#80, Preah Norodom Boulevard,
Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia.
Tel/Fax: (+855) 23 210 134


Policy on Research Development in the Education Sector, 1st July 2010. Last accessed on 22 October 2012 at: