The need to establish research universities in Cambodia

In an era of the globalisation and internationalisation of higher education, it is difficult, if not impossible, to disregard the regional and global trend toward building world-class universities.

Many governments in Asia and Africa are making significant efforts to establish research-intensive universities to catch up with their counterparts in the US and Europe.

Competition for global university rankings has increasingly intensified, yet the success or failure of building world-class universities is to a great extent determined by individual governments’ commitment and economic strength.

The vast economic disparity between countries in the global North and South has created huge inequalities in knowledge production, leaving many developing countries in a peripheral status in the pursuit of world-class research institutions.

Against this backdrop, it seems an impossible dream for developing countries like Cambodia to aim for world-class status.

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