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.


Digital Transformation and Financial Inclusion in Asia and the Pacific

Overseas Development Institute

Access to formal financial services and technology across low-, middle- and high-income countries is far from universal. East Asia and the Pacific and South Asia together account for over 800 million unbanked people, and the regio...

Learning to Improve Book Resource Operational Systems (LIBROS)

United States Agency for International Development | University of Notre Dame

This is a part of the Supporting Holistic and Actionable Research in Education (SHARE), a five-year cooperative agreement with the University of Notre Dame (UND) supported by the USAID’s new Bureau for Development, Democracy, and...

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...


Cambodian Secondary School Teachers’ Readiness for Online Teaching During the Covid-19 Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic locked students all around the world out of school and caused unprecedented educational disruptions for more than two years. Like other countries, Cambodia switched from the traditional physical classrooms to online and distance learning during school closures. Cambodian schools were able to reopen their doors briefly at the end of 2020 after the first nationwide school closu...


Blurred Identities: The Hybridisation of Post-secondary Education and Training in Cambodia

This study intends to identify existing permeability pathways between post-secondary education and training in Cambodia and to highlight hindrances that hamper the smooth permeability between the two systems. Adopting a hybrid process, the study combines both inductive and deductive thematic analysis approaches in coding transcribed interviews at 15 sampled training institutions and universities....


Upper Secondary School Tracking and Major Choices in Higher Education: To Switch or Not to Switch

Strengthening the quality of education, science and technology education is one of the four strategic rectangles of Rectangular Strategy Phase IV and at the heart of Cambodia’s ambition to achieve higher-middle-income status by 2030 and high-income status by 2050. To that end, increasing attention has been paid to improving both the quantity and quality of science education from secondary school t...


Cambodian Post-Secondary Education and Training in the Global Knowledge Societies

The emergence of global knowledge societies makes it necessary for Cambodian Post-Secondary Education and Training (PSET) system to: accelerate its knowledge-creation function, leading to academic excellence and intellectual prowess; cultivate vocational value, professional quality, and workplace learning habits in its students; build a robust STEM education and pipeline; and enable lifelong...


How Strong Is the Link between High School Streaming and University Major Choices?

The purposes of this study are to explore learning pathways when students transit from high school to higher education among Cambodian students and examine the probable causes behind their decision to switch academic majors. The study found that about half of surveyed students switched their academic majors. Virtually all the switchers are science-track female students. Personal interests and labo...


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...

TEK Muy Tieng   (2021)

Faculty Engagement in the Internationalisation of Higher Education: A Literature Review

This review paper aims to examine the characteristics of faculty engagement in the internationalisation of higher education and the factors influencing the participation of faculty members in such a process. The review finds that faculty members have so far engaged in international activities in the form of international teaching and research, joint research publications and reviews, membership of...


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...

Research Training Course “Applied Social Research and Information Literacy”

15 December 2021

On 15 December 2021, we concluded a 40-hour training course on “Applied Social Research and Information Literacy” for CSOs leaders based in Phnom Penh, Battambang, Siem Reap, Stung Treng, and Kampot.The training was jointly organized by Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI) and NGO Education Partnership (NEP), with financial support from Global Partnership for Education (GPE). A total of 16 participants have strengthened their capability...

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

04 Feb

Dissemination Workshop

The Thnal Udom Chomnes: Promoting Cambodian Higher Education Innovation

04 Feb 2022
08:30 AM - 05:30 PM

Hotel Cambodiana and Zoom Webinar

Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI) is delighted to organize a Book Launch and Dissemination Workshop for our 2.5-year research program “Thnal Udom Chomnes: Promoting Cambodian Higher Education Innovation”, on 04 February 2022, 09:00-17:15 (UTC+7). This event marks the conclusion of the research program implemented by CDRI under the financial support from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) through the Asia...

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...