Press Release For Immediate Use 2nd Cambodia Education Research Forum: Science and Technology for Development



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Press Release For Immediate Use

2nd Cambodia Education Research Forum:

Science and Technology for Development
Phnom Penh: The Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI), Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MOEYS) and the Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC), with support from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is organising the 2nd Cambodia Education Research Forum (CERF) on the theme “Science and Technology for Development”, to be held on 21-22 December 2015 at ITC, located on Russian Confederation Blvd, Phnom Penh.

Cambodia has only 56 professionals engaged in science and technology (S&T) per million people, lagging behind Vietnam (508) and Myanmar (100). Cambodia clearly needs more scientists and technicians. The 1st CERF highlighted that Cambodia is the only ASEAN member state that lacks coordinating policies and mechanisms to promote S&T, and stressed the importance of promoting S&T at this stage in Cambodia’s development. However, a National Science and Technology Council was established in late 2014 with prominent members of the council formally appointed in early 2015.

CDRI, the leading development think tank in Cambodia, contributes to Cambodia’s sustainable development and the well-being of its people through the generation of high-quality policy research, knowledge dissemination and capacity development in six interrelated areas of agriculture, economy, education, environment, governance and health. CDRI, in partnership with key think tanks, higher education institutes and private sector actors, has conducted several rigorous research studies and organised a policy dialogue series to support evidence-informed education sector reform, in which science and technology is a key research theme. CDRI is proud to be partnering with MOEYS’ Department of Scientific Research and ITC, with the support of UNESCO and the private sector to organise the 2nd CERF.

The objectives of the 2nd CERF are to discuss the status of scientific research in Cambodia and to promote, strengthen and disseminate research practices and capacities of higher education institutions to support young academic researchers and scientists. It will also provide a venue for engagement with the private sector and the media in promoting S&T.

The forum involves distinguished guest speakers, including a keynote address delivered by Education Minister, HE Dr Hang Chuon Naron, as well as leaders of top academic institutions and research institutes specialising in S&T. The forum will bring together about 150 participants, including young researchers and scientists, policymakers and representatives from the private sector and development community to share recent research findings, generate critical feedback and discussion on the subthemes of science as an institution, promoting science in academia, mentors and mentees in S&T and the popularisation of science.

Media advice: Media participation in the forum is by invitation only. Media are welcome to attend and report on three specific sessions during the forum: the opening session on 21 December from 07:30 to 09:00, the roundtable discussion on “Science Popularisation” from 15:30-17:00, and the closing session on 22 December from 10:30 to 11:30. To attend you are required to register at https://goo.gl/9Fsv7O by 20 December 2015. All media enquiries and requests for further information should be directed to


Mr Em Sorany: Tel: 023 881384 / 88170; Fax: 023 880734.


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