The Board of Engineers Cambodia is preparing documents to discuss putting the subject of engineering into the curriculum of the Education Ministry in order to be consistent with Asean.
Lim Sothav, secretary-general of the BEC, told reporters last week that he would talk to the Minister of Education about getting the subject of engineering into the curriculum of higher education.
“In order to increase the quality of engineering skills and quantity of engineers in Cambodia, the Board of Engineers Cambodia plans to request to insert this subject into the study programme of the Ministry of Education at the university level,” he said.
“We will cooperate with higher education to discuss how to prepare the study programme by including the engineering subject for our students to learn as the standard of Asean,” he said, adding that it would be useful for Cambodian people.
Mr Sothav said he would discuss the matter with the Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron as soon as possible, but could not say when students would be able to begin studying the subject.
“It depends on the discussion. We also prepared for this plan before we talk with education officials, but we need to do more research on this subject as well,” he said. “We want our students to learn as the standard of Asean.”
Cambodia is facing a shortage of engineers and needs about 35,000 engineers between 2018 and 2020 to serve in several sectors.
Pich Sophorn, secretary of state at the Labour Ministry, said last week that the number of engineers in Cambodia was still less than the number needed by the Cambodian labour market.
“We still need about 35,000 more engineers between 2018 and 2020 to work in several sectors such as industrial, manufacturing, construction, agriculture, service, tourism and property,” he said.
Education Ministry officials could not be reached for comment yesterday.