Reform, restructuring and rehabilitation: post-secondary education from the mid-1990s to 2010

Fergusson, Lee and King, Michael (2017) Reform, restructuring and rehabilitation: post-secondary education from the mid-1990s to 2010. In: Maharishi Vedic University in Cambodia: educational reconstruction and social renewal, 2nd ed. Maharishi Vedic Research Institute Press, Gold Coast, Australia, pp. 51-88. ISBN 978-0-9872633-7-7


The devastation of Cambodian culture and infrastructure since the 1960s has been the subject of in-depth and well-documented research; its legacy is a country who’s economic, health, justice, transportation, and education systems are in need of wholesale reconstruction. A number of useful historical and descriptive studies have focused on the rehabilitation of general pedagogy, curricula, teacher education and higher education in Cambodia. For example, Le Thac Can surveyed Cambodian higher education in the context of regional reforms in Vietnam and Laos, Sophal Ear considered educational development initiatives and their relation to Cambodia’s economy from 1953 to 1970, and Fergusson, Le Masson and Bonshek examined both the pre-1979 and 'postliberation' phases of higher education and teacher education in Cambodia. There remains, however, a distinct need for comprehensive analysis of the present conditions in Cambodia’s post-secondary education reconstruction efforts in order to better understand the country’s overall socio-political and economic development.

This chapter, written by Lee Fergusson and Michael King in 2011, was designed to fill this gap in knowledge and, as Tan Kim Huon, Sophal Ear and others have noted of educational reforms in Cambodia and other Asian nations, there is a significant and irrefutable link between the realities of educational decision making and policy development and the socio-political and economic state of a nation.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
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Additional Information: c. 2017 by Maharishi Vedic Research Institute. Permanent restricted access to Published chapter, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2018 04:33
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2018 04:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cambodia, higher education, reform, rehabilitation
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930499 School/Institution not elsewhere classified

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