Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

CERI is dedicated to conducting high-quality research with a primary focus on education and training in Cambodia and the region to generate knowledge from qualitative and quantitative analyses rooted in data and evidence. Utilising the knowledge we generate, the centre actively facilitates policy discussions between both national and international researchers, policymakers, and practitioners through a series of workshops and policy dialogues held at both national and regional levels. In pursuit of our objectives, CERI maintain close collaborations with government agencies, educational and training institutions, civil society organizations (CSOs), and other pertinent stakeholders. This collective effort is to foster innovation and implement effective solutions in education and training. CERI's core activities revolve around research, capacity development, and policy engagement. Currently, our key areas of focus for research encompass educational technology, skills development, the advancement of quality education, and the promotion of inclusive education, spanning from K12 to higher education.

Information Needs Assessment for Persons with Disabilities in Cambodia


Persons with Disabilities (PWD) in Cambodia face many barriers and challenges: poverty and unsustainable livelihoods; stigma and discrimination; limited access to services, information, justice, and education; inaccessibility of p...

Learning Gap between Male and Female Students in Upper Secondary Education

Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

The gender gap in achievement, which refers to the disparity in academic performance between male and female students, has been a subject of interest not only in education research but also in political and economic contexts. The...

Exploring the Effects of Gender-Responsive Pedagogy on Students' Learning Experience in Cambodia

Education Development Trust

This project is part of Education Development Trust (EDT)‘s multi-year research program aimed at improving the overall understanding of the impact of Gender Responsive Pedagogy (GRP) and its potential to improve learning outcomes...

Development of the ASEAN Plan of Action in Science, Technology and Innovation (APASTI) 2026-2035

Institute for Manufacturing

The ASEAN Committee on Science, Technology and Innovation (COSTI) works to leverage Science & Technology to address common problems faced in the ASEAN region and to raise the level of scientific and technological advancement in AS...

Students’ Learning and the Use of Gender-Responsive Pedagogy

Education Development Trust

Lack of quality teaching and learning is one of the main causes of the learning crisis for girls and boys alike, therefore there is a need for significant improvements in teaching to ensure that all students, both boys and girls,...

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...

What Makes Academics (In)active in Higher Education Internationalisation: Evidence from Cambodia

This study explores the international engagement of academics and the factors influencing their engagement in internationalisation efforts in Cambodian universities. Data were gathered through online semi-structured interviews with academics and university administrators and later coded and analysed using reflexive thematic approach. The findings revealed that academics predominantly participate i...

Assessing Technology Readiness of Students and Teachers in Cambodian Higher Education during COVID-19

The global COVID-19 pandemic brought unprecedented disruptions to the higher education landscape worldwide. Widespread school closures, driven by the imperative of social distancing to combat the virus's spread forced a rapid and dramatic shift from traditional face-to-face instruction to online learning and teaching environments in numerous countries. Recent research has highlighted the formidabl...

Technology integration of Cambodian higher education: emerging changes since COVID-19 and notable challenges

The second decade of the 21st century marks the time the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) officially directs the nation’s public sector, economy, and society to accelerate technology adoption and digital transformation. This present study aims to observe developments of such direction in Cambodian higher education (HE) sub-sector before and in response to Covid-19 by (1) examining policies and i...

BUN Phoury   (2023)

Learning to Improve Book Resource Operational Systems (LIBROS)-Cambodia Book Brief

This Book Brief is a compilation of findings from studies in the LIBROS-Cambodia Project. It provides overall pictures of the primary-level book supply chain situation in Cambodia and Track and Trace (TnT) system, which is now the Core Textbook Supply Management System in Cambodia.

Entrepreneurial Intention and Preparation of University Students in Cambodia: Implications for Improving Entrepreneurship Education and Programmes in...

A recent survey study conducted by CDRI found that university students in Cambodia were keen to pursue an entrepreneurial career. The study also found that a simple provision of entrepreneurship education and support programmes at universities fell short of converting those interests into actions. This policy brief presents five recommendations that higher education institutes should consider ado...

Gender Gap Reversal in Learning and Gender-Responsive Teaching in Cambodia

In the past two decades, Cambodia has been committed to the global agenda of ensuring that all children from all walks of life have access to education and quality learning opportunities. The focus was not only on access to education but also on gender parity and learning quality. Three years after the adoption of the Dakar Framework for Action in 2003, Cambodia adopted the national plan for Educa...

The Effects of International Experience on Self-Perceived Employability among Cambodian Students in China

This paper investigates the correlation between international experience in China and the self-perceived employability of Cambodian students using an explanatory mixed-methods approach. The findings suggest a positive correlation between international experience and students’ self-perceived employability, with technical knowledge and skills acquisition, employability skills enhancement, and person...

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

This study aims to investigate the characteristics of students who switch versus those who do not switch when they transition from upper secondary to higher education. The data from 1338 students randomly selected from 21 HEIs in Cambodia in 2020 found that upper secondary school students are more likely than not to switch academic majors when they enter higher education. The tendency to switch is...

HENG Kimkong   (2023)

Cambodia’s Aspirations to Become a Knowledge-Based Society: Perspectives of Cambodian University Students

Background Cambodia envisages to become an upper-middle-income country by 2030 and a high-income country by 2050. The country also aspires to develop into a knowledge-based society (MoEYS 2014). To support these goals, it is crucial to consider the role of higher education institutions (HEIs), particularly universities, in training, research and service. However, research has shown that Cambodia...

Cambodian Upper Secondary School Education amid COVID-19 Pandemic: Challenges and Opportunities

The outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) was announced as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020. Its presence has created significant disturbances across society and particularly within education. On 16 March 2020, as a preventative measure against the spread of COVID-19, the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) decided to close all educational institutions. H...

Learning to Improve Book Resource Operational Systems (LIBROS)

31 January 2024

On 31 January 2024, CDRI’s Education Centre convened a meeting with the participation of Publishing and Distribution House, World Education, and software development companies (Coolbeans and Codingate) to enhance the Track and Trace (TnT) system, a digital platform managing textbook supply in Cambodia. This meeting was a follow-up to the LIBROS-Cambodia study, aiming to utilise the evidence generated from the main study. The project seeks to stre...

Dissemination Workshop on Learning Disparities between Male and Female Students in Upper Secondary Education

30 January 2024

On January 30, 2024, CDRI’s Education Centre, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS), hosted a dissemination workshop on "Learning Disparities between Male and Female Students in Upper Secondary Education.” With support from the Embassy of Sweden Section Office in Phnom Penh and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the dissemination workshop aimed to identify factors influencing learning performance and the learnin...

Media Diversity Forum

12 December 2023

UNESCO Cambodia hosted the Media Diversity Forum, a vibrant platform aimed at providing a critical understanding of audience diversity within the media sector, enabling the better production of content and strengthening trust in the media. During the forum, Ms Bun Phoury, Research Associate from CDRI’s Education Centre got to share some insights on a new study on the Information Needs Assessment of Persons with Disabilities. She also joined as a...

Fifth Stakeholders’ Meeting on Internationalisation of Higher Education in Asia and the Pacific

07 December 2023

Dr Chea Phal, Director of the CDRI's Education Centre, participated as a panellist in the Fifth Stakeholders’ Meeting on the Internationalisation of Higher Education in Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, which organised by UNESCO Bangkok and the University of Tokyo. This event aimed to promote understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the role of international higher education in Asia and the Pacific, facilitate dialogue amon...

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.

11 Dec

Validation Workshop

Information Needs Assessment for Persons with Disabilities

11 Dec 2023
08:00 AM - 01:30 PM

Raffles Hotel Le Royal

As of March 2023, more than 1.3 billion people live with a disability which is approximately 16% of the world’s population (WHO, 2023). The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UNCRPD affirm that persons with disabilities have the same rights and freedoms as everyone else, including the right to access information. Information is vital for people with disabilities to engage in public life or exercise their civil rights, and to make infor...

22 Sep

Dissemination and Engagement Workshop

Learning to Improve Book Resource Operational Systems (LIBROS)-Cambodia

22 Sep 2023
08:00 AM - 04:30 PM

Fairfield by Marriott Phnom Penh

Cambodia Development Research Institute (CDRI) is delighted to organise a dissemination and engagement workshop on Learning to Improve Book Resource Operational Systems (LIBROS)-Cambodia on September 22, 2023, at Fairfield by Mariott Phnom Penh. This dissemination and engagement workshop will convene relevant stakeholders from government agencies, book developers (authors, editors, illustrators etc.), book publishers and distributors, development...

06 Jun

Dissemination Workshop

The Thnal Udom Chomnes: Reimagining Future Education of Cambodia

06 Jun 2023
08:00 AM - 01:30 PM

Fairfield by Marriott Phnom Penh (Ballroom Level 25)

On 6th June 2023, CDRI will host the dissemination workshop on Reimaging Future Education of Cambodia under the program ”Thnal Udom Chomnes,” at Fairfield by Marriott Phnom Penh (Ballroom Level 25) at 8:00 AM to 13:30PM. This workshop will bring together the key relevant stakeholders from both government agencies, higher education institutions, schools, private sectors, development partners, and local and international civil society organisation...

15 Dec


Research Evidence and Policy Engagement

15 Dec 2022
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Himarwari Hotel Apartments

With support from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) through The Asia Foundation’s Ponlok Chonmes Initiative: Data and Dialogue for Development in Cambodia, CDRI will organise the Symposium on Research Evidence and Policy Engagement. This symposium is to share the findings from CDRI's recent research on technology integration in Cambodian higher education. At the same time, it provides researchers and students opportuni...

23 Jun


System Thinking Workshop

23 Jun 2022 - 24 Jun 2022
08:00 AM 05:00 PM

Raffles Hotel le Royal

The book supply chain in Cambodia has many weak points as it can take months to progress from one step to another. Despite additional support given and policies implemented, there have not been major improvements in the book supply chain. Therefore, to have deeper insights on the book supply chain in Cambodia, Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI) in collaboration with the University of Notre Dame (UND) under financial support from t...

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...