Ministry set to resume university assessments

The education ministry will resume inspections of universities next month following a complete overhaul of the government’s higher education accreditation body, with initial plans for experts to assess the country’s top 10 universities before expanding the initiative, writes Maria Paula Brito for The Cambodia Daily.

Once under the oversight of the Council of Ministers, the Accreditation Committee of Cambodia was integrated into the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport after the 2013 national election. The ministry placed a partial freeze on registering new universities as it worked to transform the body with assistance from the World Bank and UNESCO.

“This evaluation is a comprehensive evaluation of universities – starting with 10 universities – that will allow the public to know more about what Cambodian universities offer and help them make better choices,” Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron said on the sidelines of the Second Higher Education Forum in Phnom Penh. The minister said the quality of education offered by the country’s 105 universities was failing to meet the needs of employers and investors as Cambodia looked to expand its industrial development and create more highly skilled jobs.
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