Cambodia launches digital skills program with higher education institutions

Cambodia plans to invest in human resouces and build the digital capacity of its government and citizenry.

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The Cambodian Ministry of Post and Telecommunications, in collaboration with six higher education institutions, has launched the Digital Skills Development Program designed to enhance collaboration and promote the advancement of digital education in the country.

The ministry announced the initiative and the signing of a memorandum of understanding to foster the development of digital skills in partnership with various education institutions.

Education institutions involved

The launch event and the MoU signing were officiated by Chea Vandeth, minister of post and telecommunications. Representatives from prominent educational institutions, including the Cambodia Academy of Digital Technology, the Royal University of Phnom Penh, the National University of Management, the Institute of Technology of Cambodia, the American University of Phnom Penh and Paragon International University, were present.

At the ceremony, the minister stressed the value of investing in Cambodia’s human resouces and aligning with the Pentagonal Strategy. The plan focuses on building the digital capacity of the Cambodian government, economy, society, and citizenry.

“The advancement of digital human resources plays a pivotal role in Cambodia’s journey towards becoming a nation with a highly efficient digital economy and administration,” he explained.

Vandeth highlighted that this collaboration marks a substantial advancement in the ministry’s endeavors to nurture human resources in the field of digital technology.

The minister also stated that Cambodia is exerting a comprehensive endeavor to achieve a fully digital government by the year 2035.

Financial contribution

Upon securing employment with a monthly salary surpassing $500, students are mandated to allocate 20 percent of their earnings. This contribution is vital to sustain the program, securing its continuity for forthcoming generations of students.

The ministry foresees this initiative as a pivotal element in its mission to propel the nation’s digital transformation. It is anticipated to make a substantial contribution towards leveraging the benefits tied to digital human capital.

Recently, in an innovative initiative for the academic year 2022-23, 16 students from Paragon International University in Cambodia have taken on the mantle of “academic ambassadors.” Their mission is to bridge the educational divide between rural Grade 12 students and higher education opportunities by mentoring and providing guidance to pupils in their selection of academic majors.

Nathan Yasis

Nathan Yasis

Nathan studied information technology and secondary education in college. He dabbled in and taught creative writing and research to high school students for three years before settling in as a digital journalist.

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Nathan studied information technology and secondary education in college. He dabbled in and taught creative writing and research to high school students for three years before settling in as a digital journalist.

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