LENG Phirom, PhD

Research Fellow / Unit Head

Dr LENG Phirom joined CDRI as a research fellow in March 2016. He holds a PhD in Comparative and International Higher Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, Canada. Before joining CDRI, he was a visiting scholar at the Southern University of Science and Technology of China (SUSTC) in Shenzhen, China, helping with the establishment of the International Centre for Higher Education Innovation (ICHEI) – a UNESCO Category 2 Institute whose mandate is to support the expansion and improvement of ICT in higher education in developing countries. His research interests include comparative education, internationalization and governance of higher education, science education, and innovation and policy research.

Email: phiromleng@cdri.org.kh


Leng, P. & Pan, J. (2013). The issue of mutuality in Canada-China educational collaboration. Canadian and International Education, 42(2), Article 6, 1-16.

Abstract This paper examines the power relationships in two major Canada-China university linkage programs which ran between 1989 and 2001: the Canada-China University Linkage Program [CCULP] (1989-1995) and the Special University Linkage Consolidation Program [SULCP] (1996-2001). The study adopts the cosmopolitan concept of mutuality as a theoretical lens and employs the analytical method of constant comparison of qualitative data to explore the context surrounding the mutuality evidence ...

Author: - September , 2013


Leng, P. (2013). Foreign influence on Cambodian higher education since the 1990s. Mind & Time, Special Issue 2013/2014, 1-29.

Abstract This study examines how foreign influence has affected the Cambodian higher education system following the country’s adoption of a free market economy with multiple party politics over the past two decades. Examining various sources, the study has found that during the first half of the 1990s, foreign influence took two major forms: (1) the adoption of educational reforms initiated by international organizations, and (2) foreign assistance which comes with conditions. After the i ...

Author: - September , 2013


Leng, P. (2014). University linkages and international development assistance: Lessons from the Canada-China Experience. International Journal of Comparative Education and Development, 16(1), 71–89.

Abstract This paper compares two Canada-China university linkage programs, namely the Canada- China Management Education Program (CCMEP) and Canada-China University Linkage Program (CCULP), to examine their historical contribution to the development of Chinese higher education during the 1980s-90s. Two theoretical lenses are employed, world systems theory, and cosmopolitanism. The findings reveal three key differences between the two programs: (1) while the impact of CCMEP was limited to ...

Author: - September , 2014


Cambodia Development Review – September 2016

CDR Volume 20, Issue 3, September 2016 English and Khmer In this issue: Status and Power: Linking Household Power Dynamics with Women’s Participation in Livelihood Projects; Student Engagement in STEM Education: Global Trends and Implications for Cambodia; Cambodian Water Quality Standards: A Focus on Interconnection; Economy Watch; and CDRI ...

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Leng, P. (2016). Mutuality in Cambodian international university partnerships: Looking beyond the global discourse. Higher Education, 72(3), 261-275.

Abstract This study examines the mutuality issue in international partnership programs between Cambodian universities and universities in France, the USA, Japan and South Korea. It adopts Galtung’s and Held’s four aspects of mutuality as its conceptual framework and follows a qualitative case study research design. The study finds that most partnership programs between Cambodian universities and their French, American and Japanese counterparts manifested each aspect of mutuality to some d ...

Author: - September , 2016


Cambodia Development Review – March 2017

CDR Volume 21, Issue 1, March 2017 English and Khmer In this issue: How do Cambodian Academic Leaders Define and Perceive Higher Education Internationalisation?; The Effects of Residents’ Participation on Their Perception of and Support for Community-based Ecotourism in Cambodia: A Structural Equation Modelling Approac ...

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CESA’s 11 Biennial Conference Booklet

Comparative Education Society of Asia (CESA) 11th Biennial Conference Booklet 2018 Download

Author: - May , 2018


Cambodia Development Review – December 2017

CDR Volume 21, Issue 4 KhmerEnglish In this issue: Cambodian Higher Education Diversity: Towards Differentiation or Homogeneity?; Contextualising the Dual Vocational Education and Training System: A Review of Approaches and Challenges; Economy Watch and CDRI Update.

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