Building a Research Culture in Cambodian Higher Education: Three Moves in Research Collaboration
*Nhem Davut is a lecturer at the Faculty of Education at Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia and Norton University.
Despite the substantial growth of the higher education landscape in the last three decades or so, Cambodian higher education is still sensitive to undesirable reviews. In particular, the research performance of higher education institutions (HEIs) has remained stagnant and sporadic, indicating an unbalanced role between knowledge production and transmission. Simply put, while HEIs are regarded both to construct and distribute knowledge to society (Griffiths, 2004), Cambodian universities have enjoyed their role as the knowledge transmitters only. This current exercise of the higher education model appears to appreciate knowledge as the global legacy and the duplication of facts. In this respect, if building a research culture is the end of Cambodian society, this opinion paper aims to offer some insights on the matter. Acknowledging the substance of a gamut of strategies proposed by other scholars, namely the government policy, university leadership role and stakeholder collaboration, the author suggests three-moves-in-research collaboration as an eclectic tactic that can be adopted in the Cambodian context and beyond.