Being A Student In Cambodia: 2016 vs 2017 – What Has Changed?

Education is the foundation of a strong and prosperous country. The majority of initiatives that governments undertake, whether it is a project in the transport sector or medical research, are based on knowledge. This knowledge is acquired from education, whether informal or formal. Education in this sense, therefore, has the power to have a significant and sustained impact on any country. Countries have to invest in their education systems so they can continue to function. Consider, for instance, Cambodia’s higher education status between 2016 and 2017 specifically in regards to students’ welfare.

In recent years, Cambodia has been recognised as a country which has experienced problems with its attempts at educational reforms. Coupled with this, the country has had to recover from the aftermath of war which has further added to its problems.

Cambodia is a country that is known to be struggling with educational reforms over the past decades. That being said, the years 2016 and 2017 marked a period of positive change. As a student in 2017, there are certain elements which have changed while others have remained very much the same.

Increased level of exposure:
Through partnership working on a national and international scale, students have been offered greater opportunities to study. In comparison with 2016, 2017 showed considerable improvements in educational provision at university level.

Improvement of co-curricular activities:
For the education system to be of an acceptable standard, there must also be co-curricular activities on offer which facilitate student development and enhance their wellbeing. Activities include sports and art. Very much the same as 2016, participation levels remained unchanged.

Improved access to quality educational resources:
Increasingly, and as opposed to 2017, students are now facing greater prospects regarding accessing quality education. Many new resources are being introduced by the government who are also committed to the relocation of the Royal University of Fine Arts to a better location. It is hoped that its new home will be a significant improvement. Also, government spending is also due to increase from $500 million in 2016 to $685 million in 2017. With these proposed improvements, students are more motivated than ever to embark on a period of academic study at undergraduate level.

Be that as it may, there are still problems concerning higher education in 2017, primarily in relation to students’ welfare including:

Insufficient Research Institutions:
Like in 2016, students in universities are still grappling with the problem of engaging in research. This is because of the lack of sufficiently resourced research centres where students can hone their research skills. Research is one of the main reasons why universities can excel and advance. Furthermore, with a strong research background, students are better equipped to build a successful career once they graduate.

Inadequate housing facilities:
Some students (particularly female students) still cannot access the required housing facilities that are in proximity to the university. Success in education is usually attributed to many factors, with accommodation forming a crucial part. As a student, lack of proper accommodation facilities can place obstacles in the way of accessing higher education.



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