Minister of Interior Sar Kheng urged the management of the Chea Sim University of Kamchaymear (CSUK) to build relationships with schools in other countries in order to gain experience and develop their educational standards.

Sar Kheng was addressing a ceremony marking the 30th anniversary of the CSUK in Prey Veng province’s Kamchay Mear district on February 25.

Sar Kheng said that through continuous development, the university – named after his father-in-law, the late Senate president Chea Sim – had become the only educational centre in Cambodia that had classrooms available for students from kindergarten through university, including vocational training schools and other research institutes.

“I would request that you contact any country that has an education centre like ours, from kindergarten to university, with vocational training school and research institute. We can sign a memorandum of understanding [MoU] and partner them to learn from their experiences,” he said.

Sar Kheng noted that communication has become easier today due to the internet and social media as well as video conferencing and other related advances. However, he stated that if it was necessary and valuable to do so, it was still possible to send delegations of leaders, teachers or students directly there to gain from those experiences.

Sar Kheng also commended the efforts of the National University of Battambang (NUBB) and the University of Heng Samrin Tbong Khmum (UHST) for the recent development and improvement.

He continued that the purpose of the education sector is to train human resources with knowledge, practical skills, virtue, good character, physical fitness and a high sense of responsibility in the work of promoting social and economic development and ensuring the protection of all national achievements.

CSUK rector Seth Khan recalled that the university, formerly known as Maharishi Vedic University, was first established by Sub-Decree No 2 dated February 6, 1993 by the Council of Ministers.

The CSUK, he said, has been playing an active role in providing education and training of human resources in Prey Veng province ever since.

“Since its inception, 15,981 students have graduated and are currently working in the public and private sectors as well as civil society organisations, while some have established their own enterprises and companies,” he noted.