Cambodian Ministry of Higher Education Brings Eight Universities To Learn from Taylor’s University

A delegation of eight universities was brought to the Lakeside Campus by the Cambodian Higher Education Ministry of Education to give them some insights about how a new private university has transformed itself and also managed to do so well in the international rankings. 

Prof Tony Ho (PVC- Research) and Prof Perry Hobson (PVC-GE) with the university delegates from Cambodia
During the Khmer Rouge era (1975–1979) the Cambodian formal education system ceased to exist, and many educated people either fled the country or died. After the fall of the Khmer Rouge, the entire education system had to be rebuilt. Today, there are some twenty-one public higher education institutions and some thirty private institutions. However, it has taken decades to re-build the talent that was lost back in the 1970s. Taylor’s University was pleased to welcome Dr Nith Bunlay, the Deputy-Director General of the Cambodian Higher Education Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport who organised a visit by eight universities from Cambodia. The universities included The Royal University of Phnom Penh, National University of Management, Svay Rieng University, the Royal University of Law and Economics, Chea Sim University of Kamchaymear, Chey University, Royal University of Agriculture, Institute of Technology of Cambodia and the University of Battambang. The group spent time at Taylor’s University hearing about our transformation from being a College, to a University College to a University. They were particularly interested in how Taylor’s University had achieved an overall rating of QS 4-Stars, with achieving 5-Stars in five categories such as facilities, internationalisation, employment etc in just 6-years. They were also interested to learn about how TU had  become ranked at #179 in the 2016 QS University Rankings; Asia, and also how our School of Hospitality Tourism and Culinary Arts had achieved its ranking of #29 in the QS World Subject Rankings for Hospitality & Leisure. Given their interest in our internationalisation strategy and research, Professor Perry Hobson, the Pro Vice –Chancellor led the discussion on the development of our internationalisation strategy, the use of international benchmarking provided by i-graduate and our focus on rankings.  Professor Tony Ho, the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research at TU, then spoke about the development of our research and our strategies going forward - (Global Matters 2017).