Since 1992, Singapore has shared its development experience with more than 130,000 government officials from over 170 countries, territories and international/regional organisations through the Singapore Cooperation Programme (SCP). The SCP also demonstrates our commitment to give back to the international community, having received assistance from others during our early years. In Phnom Penh, the Cambodia-Singapore Cooperation Centre (CSCC) has trained many Cambodian officials under the Initiative for ASEAN Integration in courses such as public administration, education, aviation safety and smart cities. The CSCC is testament to Singapore’s continued commitment to partnering with Cambodia on its development journey.
Civil Service College
As Singaporeans around the world celebrate National Day, it is also important for Singapore and Cambodia to commemorate our 55 years of strong relations. The Civil Service College’s relationship with the Ministry of Civil Service and the Royal School of Administration has grown from strength to strength over the years. We have worked together on civil service exchanges, and welcomed over 800 senior Cambodian public officers to our programmes in the last 10 years. The College deeply values this enduring friendship, and would like to thank our Cambodian alumni and friends, as well as our Singapore agencies, for their partnership in promoting good governance and co-operation amongst governments.
Supporting the development of strong public sector institutions in Asia is a key focus for Temasek Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic organisation based in Singapore. Temasek Foundation supports programmes that enable policy leaders and public service officials to strengthen their policy making and implementation capabilities. Some of these programmes in Cambodia include leadership development for senior civil servants; regulatory systems in land management, urban planning and building construction; and public financial management, reform planning and governance. Since 2007, Temasek Foundation has funded 22 programmes in Cambodia in the areas of education, healthcare, urban management and public administration, and has reached out to over 3,100 participants.
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, is glad to be one of Cambodia’s strategic partners in talent development and capacity building, and will continue to offer quality public policy education to future generations of leaders. As of 2020, over 50 Cambodians have successfully graduated from our Master programmes and have gone on to fulfil prominent roles in Cambodia – including Ministers, Secretaries and Under Secretaries of State, and Secretaries-General. The application deadline for our Master programmes (Master in Public Policy, Master in Public Administration, Master in International Affairs) is 31 December 2020. Scholarships are available for outstanding applicants. Please visit https://lkyspp.sg/cambodia2020 for more information.
Singapore Cooperation Enterprise
Singapore Cooperation Enterprise (SCE), an agency of the Singapore Government, has been working in close partnership with Temasek Foundation and the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPTC) to implement capability building programmes. The first draft of the Cambodia e-Government Strategic Plan 2018-2023 was one of the first fruits of this cooperation. SCE is pleased to have developed many friendships in Cambodia and we look forward to exploring more cooperation opportunities between Cambodia and Singapore.
Nanyang Technological University
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) congratulates Singapore and Cambodia on their 55th anniversary of bilateral relations. Some 300 alumni work or reside in Cambodia, including Dr Chea Vandeth, Minister of Post and Telecommunications (Class of 2016, Nanyang Executive Master of Business Administration). The majority of NTU alumni in Cambodia graduated from the University’s Executive Programmes. NTU reached a milestone in 2017 when it established the NTU Alumni Association (Cambodia). Led by founder and chairman of Chenla Holdings, Mr Pengty Ngor (Class of 2009, Bachelor of Engineering), the Association provides a platform for alumni to network with one another, and to contribute and strengthen their ties to NTU.
EDUCATION AND HEALTH
On this auspicious day, NIE International (NIEI), the private training arm of Singapore’s National Institute of Education (NIE), reaffirms its commitment to the partnership with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS) to upgrade the quality of education in the Kingdom. As Cambodian economy is progressing rapidly, education has to keep pace with economic change. Young Cambodians have to acquire the 21st century knowledge and skills to contribute to the country’s growth in the years ahead. In this respect, the development of quality teachers and quality principals is a strategic key to achieve quality education for all.
ITE Education Services
As Singapore celebrates its 55th year of independence, ITE Education Services (ITEES), the international arm of the Institute of Technical Education, Singapore, would like to commemorate the warm and close ties we have with Cambodia’s Ministry of Labour & Vocational Training and Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. Since 2010, we have successfully carried out several TVET capacity building projects for Cambodia, including a Feasibility Study to build a TVET Centre. Singapore and Cambodia share a common belief in the great importance of a dynamic and responsive TVET system in supporting economic growth and social development. ITEES greatly appreciates the efforts of the governments of Singapore and Cambodia in paving the way for TVET collaboration between our two countries. We stand ready to journey together with Cambodia to Transform TVET and Transform Lives.
Tan Tock Seng Hospital
In another step towards shaping transformations in meeting healthcare challenges in Southeast Asia, Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) and Temasek Foundation, have completed the Techniques in Intensive Care and Nursing (TITAN) programme in Cambodia for 80 doctors and nurses in January 2020. Aiming to strengthen intensive care units’ (ICU) capabilities, TITAN has enabled medical staff from Calmette, Cambodia-China Friendship Preah Kossamak, Khmer-Soviet Friendship and Koh Kong Province hospitals to adopt best practices to better monitor and improve outcomes for patients. The programme has also led to clinical improvement projects being implemented in the ICUs of various Cambodia hospitals. TITAN is part of a strategic partnership between TTSH and Calmette Hospital that was inked in 2017, witnessed by Prime Minister Hun Sen and then-Singapore President Tony Tan. The partnership has fostered shared learning and the exchange of valuable experiences among healthcare professionals from TTSH and Cambodia.
SingHealth-Duke NUS Global Health Institute
The SingHealth Duke-NUS Global Health Institute (SDGHI) harnesses the clinical expertise and academic scholarship strengths of SingHealth and Duke-NUS Medical School to advance global health activities in the region. Over the past 15 years, Prof Celia Tan, Co-Lead for Capacity Building at SDGHI and SingHealth Group Director, Allied Health, has been collaborating with hospitals, NGOs and the Physiotherapy School of the University of Health Sciences to develop educational inter-professional clinical and academic programmes, from Advanced Certificate to Bachelors degrees. These programmes aim to enhance the quality of physiotherapy services and training in Cambodia. More than 569 healthcare professionals from National Rehabilitation Centre, National Paediatric, Calmette and Preah Kossamak Hospitals have benefited and patient referrals have increased from 6,000 in 2008 to 27,000 in 2017.
The improvement in physiotherapy standards in Cambodia has been established as standards of practice by the Ministries of Health and Social, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation. These changes have successfully led the Cambodian Physiotherapy Association to be accepted into the World Confederation of Physiotherapy. To further meet the training needs for physiotherapy, SDGHI is working with University of Health Sciences, Cambodia (UHS) and the International Red Cross Cambodia, to develop a four-year Bachelor in Physiotherapy programme, which will be launched in 2021.