The students of the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) will now have the chance to train in the right place and with the right experts after the university’s agreement with the National Institute of Diplomacy and International Relations (NIDIR).
Last Friday, RUPP and NIDIR signed a memorandum of agreement to allow RUPP students who want to become diplomats or part of the government to study diplomacy and foreign affairs at NIDIR.
Dr Chhiv Yiseang, undersecretary of state and president of NIDIR, said that even if NIDIR has just started its operation years ago, it has clear and definite objective to educate students with skills that will enable them to work for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or in other nations.
“Recently, we trained new officials who passed our tests to work at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We also trained the staff of the ministry and those officials who want to strengthen their skills. Also, we’ve started training officials from other ministries who are also in international cooperation and diplomacy works,” said Dr Yiseang.
NIDIR was established in 2016 by Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn. Since the institute is considerably new, it has reached out to different universities inside and outside Cambodia for partnerships.
“RUPP is one of the leading and most famous universities in Cambodia. And, they have a department that’s similar to our course, that’s why we wanted to have an MoU with them. RUPP is the third institute in Cambodia we’re having partnership with. The main purpose here is that we really wants students to learn in the right place and foster their skills in international relations and diplomacy,” said Dr Yiseang.
He added that to be good in these aspects, one has to know more languages to enable him to communicate well with other people from other nations. That way, he can introduce Cambodia to the international stage.
NIDIR also has agreement with institutions from the Philippines, Morocco, Hungary, Turkey and other countries. And it is working in getting partnerships with France and China.
With the agreement between NIDIR and RUPP, Dr Cheat Chealy, rector of RUPP, said that when students finish their degree programme at school, they will now have a place to train and better their skills. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be selecting outstanding students from RUPP to train at NIDIR.
“First benefit, students will be trained and will learn from diplomacy experts and staffs who have been working for years at the ministry. Secondly, my professors and NIDIR’s professors can also collaborate for trainings, discussions, learning, and experiences so both institutions will be assured of quality education,” Dr Chealy said.
For the past three years, NIDIR already trained more than 200 students in each year [every year] who want to contribute to the establishment of strong international relations with other countries.
Dr Chealy, however, clarified that not all RUPP graduates will be able to automatically quality for NIDIR.
“Some students who passed the exams may still have to study languages so they would have to postpone their training at NIDIR for some years. But when they want to really pursue it, it would be a great advantage that they can speak different languages fluently.”
Every year, thousands of students register to study at NIDIR, but the institute has strict policies and extensive exams. This is to ensure that they train only the cream of the crop, and will be able to produce future outstanding diplomats.