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Partnership Aims to Increase Cambodia’s Digital Education

A pioneering partnership between Cambodia Academy of Digital Technology and the University of California, Berkeley aims to raise Cambodia’s digital literacy as part of a five-year USAID program.
CADT and the University of California, Berkeley officials at a signing ceremony in Phnom Penh. Kiripost/via CADT
CADT and the University of California, Berkeley officials at a signing ceremony in Phnom Penh. Kiripost/via CADT

Cambodia Academy of Digital Technology (CADT) and the University of California, Berkeley have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore closer cooperation by recognizing the value of educational, cultural, and scientific exchanges to support the development and activities for the five-year USAID Digital Workforce Development.

The ceremony was presided by H.E Dr. Khov Makara, Secretary of State of Posts and Telecommunications, at the Innovation Center, and was attended by honorable guests from the government, public and private institutions, and development partners. More than 300 members of the public also attended.

The signing took place during the CODE-C, Developer Conference & Tech Expo at the CADT, during which industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and government representatives hosted panel discussions, workshops, and masterclass sessions.

Chanda Pen, Chief of Party at USAID Digital Workforce Development, said, “It is really a pleasure to collaborate with a specialized academy like CADT to strengthen and enhance the capacity and quality of programs focusing on ICT and digital skills through the USAID Digital Workforce Development.

“We created this project with the intent to provide resources through programs like scholarships, internships, workshops, seminars, and networking opportunities to support practical skills-building and linkages to job opportunities for Cambodian youth. We believe this will contribute greatly to Cambodia’s digital economy and development.”

The MoU will contribute to strengthening targeted ICT certifications, short-courses, non-degree and degree programs provided by CADT, and also enhance the capacity of CADT to meet accreditation standards.

Dr. Sopheap SENG, President of Cambodia Academy of Digital Technology, stated in his welcome remark, “Today marks another remarkable milestone for CADT to sign an MoU to explore closer cooperation with the University of California, Berkeley."

“As CADT is working to foster digital talent in Cambodia, one of our priorities is to provide a concrete program that combines the main curriculum, scholarship opportunities, accelerative program, and technical tools, making sure our students are very well equipped with digital skills knowledge in both theory and practice. Through the project, these resources will be met, and Cambodian youth will benefit from the supported program that we designed.”

A series of activities has been rolled out by both organizations, such as faculty member exchanges with the University of California, Berkeley in order to learn the education framework and digital ecosystem, exchange of knowledge and experience with professors, researchers, experts, and faculty staff. Also, they are planning to implement the Digital Leadership Program for general education students in rural areas.

The Digital Workforce Development works to improve the digital skills of Cambodia’s youth and professionals so the country can improve its competitiveness in a global economy that is increasingly technology-reliant and requires a digitally-skilled labor force.

The new activity will work with Cambodian higher education institutions to strengthen courses and programs for students in information and communication technology. It will also help those institutions meet recognized educational standards so employers can recruit Cambodian graduates with confidence., according to the USAID website.

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