Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

The Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) conducts quality research focusing on education and training in Cambodia and the region to generate knowledge based on data and evidence through rigorous qualitative and quantitative analyses. Based on the generated knowledge, the centre promotes policy dialogue among national and international researchers, policymakers, and practitioners through dissemination workshops and policy dialogues at national and regional levels. CERI also provides training opportunities to its partners and junior researchers as a part of its capacity-building programme. With the financial support from development partners and technical support from an advisory committee, the centre works closely with government agencies, educational and training institutions, civil society organisations (CSOs), and other relevant stakeholders to realise its aims to bring about solutions and innovation in education and training.


Thnal Udom Chomnes: Reimagining Future Education of Cambodia

The Asia Foundation | The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade | Ponlok Chammes

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought about educational disruptions from pre-school to higher education in Cambodia and around the world. Although the impact of the pandemic in Cambodia was relatively low in comparison to other countr...

Thnal Udom Chomnes: Promoting Cambodian Higher Education Innovation

The Asia Foundation | The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade | Ponlok Chammes

This three-year programme is supported by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) through The Asia Foundation (TAF)’s Ponlok Chomnes Programme: Data and Dialogue for Development in Cambodia. In this programme...

Building Regional Partnership for Higher Education Innovation

Lancang-Mekong Cooperation

With a steady economic growth hovering between 7-8 percent over the past two decades, Cambodia achieved a lower-middle-income in 2015. Building on this progress, the government aspires to become an upper-middle-income country by 2...

Research, Policy Dialogue and Capacity Building Programme on TVET

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation Swiss

Cambodia has achieved strong growth in the past two decades, and the country has graduated to lower-middle-income status with a per capita income of about USD1,215 (2015). A feat that neighbouring Vietnam achieved in 2010 and Laos...

Education Research for Effective Policy Reforms

Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

A five-year project called ‘Education Research for Effective Policy Reforms’ with a total funding of USD446,713 aims to produce independent, objective, high quality policy-relevant higher education research, and to maximise the ac...

Higher Education Policy Research & Influencing in Cambodia

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The “Higher Education Policy Research & Influencing in Cambodia” was one of the major programmes implemented by the Education Unit of the Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI). Receiving financial support from the Austral...


Permeability in Cambodian Post-secondary Education and Training: A Growing Convergence

The distinction between vocational training and academic education can be traced back to different institutional structures in medieval Europe. However, owing to an increasing need for higher-level skills to respond to market demand, countries have resolved to establish flexible pathways for students on both tracks or systems to move or transfer across to each other. Permeability in education and...


De-framing STEM Discourses in Cambodia

This qualitative study examines the development of STEM programs in Cambodian higher education, using as its theoretical framework Chesky and Wolfmeyer’s (2015) concept of an integrative STEM education, which highlights the intersections between purpose, pedagogy and content. The teaching of STEM in Cambodia remains discipline-based, dominated by teacher-centred approaches and lacking real-world e...


What Skills Training Do Cambodian Garment Workers Need?

This study aimed to identify the current skills of Cambodian garment workers, whether or not they wanted to gain new skills and, if so, what those were. The results revealed that the greatest percentage – 60 – had acquired sewing skills, followed by quality control and packaging skills. More than two-thirds were also able to read, write and calculate, and could use the internet and social networks...


New Generation Schools: Addressing Cambodia’s Chronic Inability to Deliver Quality Education

In recent years, the Cambodian government has introduced a reform agenda to enhance the quality of teaching and learning, improve the bureaucratic administration of education, and address other major challenges affecting public schools. The new agenda has led to several remarkable transformations in Cambodia’s educational system, including the introduction of a new innovative school model called N...


No Place Like Home: The Cambodian Garment Workers’ Perspective on Their Skills Development Needs

Developing skills for current workforce is indispensable in today’s economy. In an attempt to promote investment in skill training for workers in a Cambodian backbone sector, namely garment and textile, this study explores and identifies the problem of underinvestment in their skill training. A total of 787 individual workers are randomly selected using two stages of sampling procedure. The study...


Disruption and Opportunities During the Covid-19 Pandemic in Cambodian Higher Education: Perspective from Teaching Staff

The twofold aim of this study is to: identify the challenges and opportunities posed by the immediate response to school and university closures; and assess the edtech readiness and preparedness of HEI teaching staff. The findings demonstrate that unstable internet connection and difficulty assessing student performance are the biggest obstacles impeding the effective delivery of distance learning...


Children of Internal Migrants: Does Moving with Parent(s) Affect Schooling Progression?

Using the 2011 Cambodia Rural-Urban Migration Project, we re-examine the effect of parental migration on the long-term educational progress of children who have accompanied their parents to urban areas by comparing such children with those left behind in rural areas. We use a measurement that captures schooling disruption effect and allows for the possibility that being a migrant child also depend...


Analysis of Demand-Side and Supply-Side Factors on Learning Outcomes in Cambodia

The study applies the Hierarchical Linear Modeling(HLM) approach using the international learning assessment survey, PISA for Development (PISA-D), to examine the effects of demand-side and supply-side factors associated with academic performance in Cambodia. Findings from the study suggest that students' characteristics and family background are good predictors of students' test scores in Cambodi...


No Dead-End Ahead: Permeability Pathways Between Tertiary Vocational Education and Training and Academic Education

Permeability, in the context of education and training systems, refers to flexible learning pathways, that is, the horizontal and vertical links between education and training programmes and institutions that enable students to move through different learning environments at different speeds regardless of programme orientation. This study aims at discussing the driving forces behind endeavours to...

Training on Introduction to R for Quantitative Data Analysis

04 February 2021

In collaboration with The Asia Foundation and under financial support from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) has organizing a three-day intensive workshop on “Introduction to R for Quantitative Data Analysis” from 2 to 4 February 2021 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Over 30 participants from universities, TVET institutes, research thinktanks, and government ministries...

The Asia Foundation's Visit to CDRI

11 September 2020

Thursday, 10 September 2020, Ms Meloney C. Lindberg, country representative of The Asia Foundation and Ms Heang Sophea, program manager of Ponlok Chomnes program, paid a courtesy call to CDRI. Supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australia, the partnership between TAF and CDRI focuses on research, policy dialogues and capacity development in higher education. Ongoing research projects in 2020 under this partnership inc...

CDRI Signs MoU with MoEYS

11 August 2020

In the morning, 11 August 2020, at the MoEYS, HE Dr. Hang Chhuon Naron, Minister of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS) and Dr. Pech Sokhem, CDRI executive director, signed an MOU on cooperation and partnership for education and youth sector policy research and development. The objectives of the collaboration are to support the efforts of MoEYS in pursuing inclusive and quality education for all by ensuring the accomplishment of the goals set out...

H.E Dr. Hang Choun Naron, Minister of MOEYS met with CDRI Executive Director

28 July 2020

Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at 14.30-15.20, H.E Dr. Hang Choun Naron, Minister of MOEYS met with CDRI Executive Director, Research Director, Education Research and Innovation Center Director, and Senior Communication Officer to discuss the cooperation plan between MoEYS and CDRI in the education and youth research for development. H.E Minister shared his views and strategic focus on the innovative education and curriculum, e-learning, and skill asset...

Director of the Institute of Technology of Cambodia

09 July 2020

July 9, 2020 morning, the Director of the Institute of Technology of Cambodia, and senior ITC management met with CDRI ED and CDRI Director of Center for Educational Research and Innovation. The two institutes discussed the potentials for deepening the collaboration in skilled workforce development, Artificial Intelligence, and Digital Skill Needs and Labour Market.

Engagement in Higher Education Research

20 March 2019

Engagement in Higher Education Research was held on 28th February 2019 at the Great Duke Phnom Penh. The workshop concluded a three-year research programme on Higher Education Policy Research and Influencing in Cambodia (2016-2018) – the first development project cycle funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of the Australian Government. It highlighted the higher education research findings on five key themes, namely (1) STEM...

The March towards Industry 4.0: Skills for Industrial Growth

25 October 2018

A high level meeting on “The March towards Industry 4.0: Skills for Industrial Growth” was organised to provide a platform to discuss future business development in some key sectors and skills demand and workforce training to support business growth and industrial transformation.Senior leaders of TVET providers and CEOs/HR directors from private sector had productive discussion on building partnerships and matching skills training with market nee...

CDRI coordinates a field trip to Shenzhen in context of TVET policy research programme funded by SDC

29 March 2018

Tour visit to the Southern University of Science and Technology of China. The Cambodian delegation is made of government officials, CDRI researchers, SDC (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation) program coordinator and private sector representative. 29 March 2018

14 Oct

Comparative Education Society of Cambodia (CESCam)

Envisioning Education 2030: New Models of Education

14 Oct 2021 - 15 Oct 2021
Kirirom Institute of Technology (KIT) and Zoom

The ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruptions to education around the globe. The necessity of social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 has forced many educational establishments to close and adopt online and distance education. It has been argued that technology-assisted distance education, has had various benefits, including the increase in teaching efficiency, flexibility in time and place, and expansion in educat...

31 Aug

Project Inception Workshop

Thnal Udom Chomnes: Reimagining the Future of Cambodia Education

31 Aug 2021
08:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Zoom Meeting

Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI) is going to organize an inception workshop of a new research project entitled “Thnal Udom Chomnes: Reimagining the Future of Cambodia Education”. The aim of the project is to contribute to the policymaking and development of the education sector in Cambodia through high-quality, policy-relevant research and collaboration among policymakers, researchers, scholars, and practitioners. This project...

01 Jul

National Workshop

Accelerating Progress and Equity in Education

01 Jul 2021 - 02 Jul 2021
08:30 AM 12:00 AM

Zoom Webinar

The aim of the dialogue is to engage the Cambodian government and stakeholders at all levels to discuss and work together to address the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic on the implementation towards achieving SDG 4 in 2030. The specific objectives of the national policy dialogue are to:To promote collaboration and cooperation between various stakeholders in addressing SDG 4 and other societal aspirations.Identify the common challenges f...