On 14th March 2018, BINUS UNIVERSITY hosted a guest lecture by the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Cambodia to the Republic of Indonesia, H.E. Mr Hor Nam Bora, at its Anggrek Campus in Jakarta. The lecture was themed ‘Cambodia Education System: Prospect and Retrospect’, which aimed to educate visitors on the country’s past and present educational landscape. Also present at the event was Mr Bernard Gunawan as CEO of the BINUS Foundation, Mr Stephen Wahyudi Santoso as the Managing Director of BINUS UNIVERSITY, and Ms Karen Imam as the Director of BINUS Global.
The Ambassador illustrated to attendees on how Cambodia’s education system was initiated by Buddhist monks in the 13th century and was only offered to the male population — they were taught important life skills such as carpentry, craftwork, and music. This traditional education was gradually changed upon the arrival of the French who introduced a more western model until it was reformed again in 1996. The Ambassador also highlighted his government’s efforts in modernising this vital sector to create a skilled labour force and thereby laying the foundation for economic growth and greater foreign direct investment.
As part of the event, BINUS UNIVERSITY announced that it would provide scholarships for Cambodian students to study at its campus for the 2018 academic year — the university is already accommodating 5 students from the country — and cement its growing reputation as a provider of high-quality international student facilities. The university currently cooperates with a number of universities from Cambodia through the EU-SHARE programme which includes; the Royal University of Phnom Penh, National University of Management, Phnom Penh International University and the University of Cambodia. Furthermore, through the Passage to ASEAN (P2A) initiative, BINUS UNIVERSITY has partnered with Svay Rieng University, Mean Chey University, and the Asian Institute of Cambodia.
As Indonesia and Cambodia are set to increase bilateral ties through their partnership with ASEAN, BINUS UNIVERSITY can thus become a bridge between academic and corporate entities from the two countries. This will encourage the advancement of important aspects of economic development such as student mobility programmes, research, and entrepreneurship; resulting in a more unified and prosperous region.