The Khmer Rouge genocide has left Cambodia with diminished resources and cultural capital as countless people were murdered, educational institutions were closed, and the traditional links between different layers of Cambodian society were broken. Today, Cambodia seeks to rebuild these connections and restore its capacity to participate in the regional and global economies. The new higher education STEM reforms target a range of issues including higher education, curriculum and teacher qualifications, supporting advanced research in priority areas, and strategic sectoral governance. The present study concerns itself with the processes by which Cambodia’s higher education institutions address, and plan for, community engagement in order to facilitate a better embedding of the country’s education policies and programs within the broader needs and values of the country. Previous studies conducted in Cambodia in the area of higher education reforms showed serious gaps in this respect. The present study engaged policy planners and the key higher education institutions in Cambodia that are being most impacted by the current STEM reforms. In the first instance, the researchers conducted a needs analysis to inform the process of implementation of the STEM reforms. In the next step, the researchers developed a questionnaire in order to examine the expectations that informed the implementation strategies of the respective higher education institutions in regard to community engagement. The study will report its findings. The study is part of the evaluation process developed by Directorate General of Higher Education in Cambodia to inform its policies and their impact on the community.
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