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South Australia’s education ties with Cambodia grow stronger


A new Royal University of Phnom Penh and University of Adelaide joint Policy Research Centre is set to strengthen academic collaboration between South Australia and Cambodia.

The centre was launched today in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, reinforcing the strategic partnership between the two education institutions which was originally established in 2015.

Research collaboration between the two universities will be primarily across key growth sectors including health, education, business development, entrepreneurship, agriculture, and food.

The centre will also play an important role in developing the relationship between students and academic staff across the regions, by facilitating joint grant applications, supervision of PhD students, seminars, conferences, and lectures.

Director South-East Asia for the Institute for International Trade at the University of Adelaide Associate Professor Shandre Thangavelu said the collaboration will create new avenues of research in trade and investment, and will directly influence government policy and business practice in South Australia and Cambodia.

“Already we can see opportunities for South Australian business to participate in the tourism sector in Cambodia, to be part of the development of the agriculture sector, to supply services such as logistics and other business services, to provide tertiary and technical education, and to export into the wine market,” said Professor Thangavelu.

“The University can support these efforts through recruiting more students from Cambodia into its international cohort and by working with business on building networks there, including with alumni and the research and policy communities.”

“Working with our partners, we can also lead research on the economy of Cambodia, on its policy development that affects international business, and on its role in ASEAN integration.”

Image Caption: The Policy Research Centre in Phnom Penh will create opportunities across key growth sectors.

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