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The American University of Phnom Penh (AUPP) and Khmer Enterprise (KE) officially launched an executive education program, "Leading Digitalization and Transformation of the Cambodian Economy".
Under the support from the Ministry of Post and Communications (MPTC) and the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF), this virtual launch event was presided over by H.E. Dr. Chea Vandeth, Minister of Post and Telecommunications, and H.E. Vongsey Vissoth, Minister Attached to the Prime Minister, Permanent Secretary of State of the Minister of Economy and Finance and Chairman of the Entrepreneurship Development.
The Leading Digitalization and Transformation of the Cambodian Economy program features a series of live webinars, online self-paced coursework, group discussion and collaborative projects to be completed by participants throughout July and August 2021.
The educational program was developed by Stanford University faculty and is being delivered through the Stanford Center for Professional Development, a leader in global online and extended education.
Participants will learn the key factors that drive digital transformation and the essential skills and strategies for working in and managing innovative organizations. Concordant with the critical initiatives of the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications and with the essential support of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the program aims to develop both public and private leaders to be innovative change agents equipped with the knowledge and skills to support and advance Cambodia’s digital transformation.
H.E. Dr. Chea Vandeth, Minister of Post and Telecommunication, said that this executive program takes place at a timely and relevant setting as the Government has recently approved the Digital Economy and Society Policy Framework. Likewise, MPTC is finalizing the draft on Digital Government Policy 2021-2035, which will serve as a roadmap on how our government can better serve our citizens through digital technology. Some of the priority actions include improving the telecommunication infrastructure for better quality of services, strengthening our ICT capabilities through R&D investments and capacity building for our local human resource, building our national data center and Cambodia’s cloud policy, and promoting accountability and transparency in our public service provision by utilizing digital tools.
H.E. Vongsey Vissoth, Minister Attached to the Prime Minister, Permanent Secretary of State and Chairman of the Entrepreneurship Development Fund mentioned that this course contributes to the development of the digital ecosystem in Cambodia. It is the right course at the right time and very well aligns with the Royal Government of Cambodia’s Digital Economy and Society Policy Framework 2021-2035. In response to this challenging situation, the business community and SMEs must embrace strong leadership to accelerate digitalization in their operation. At the same time, the public sector also needs to move faster to capture the opportunities to improve efficiency in its governance and ensure relevancy in this fast-changing economic transformation.
Ms. Carissa Little, Associate Dean, Global and Online Education, Stanford School of Engineering and the Executive Director of the Stanford Center for Professional Development, noted at the gathering that, as many observers have pointed out, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the need for digital transformation around the world and in Cambodia. To thrive in an ever-changing world, new skills are needed. Stanford has both a rich entrepreneurial legacy and the proven ability to facilitate regional transformation through education, and Little hopes that generations of Cambodians will benefit from the program’s learning outcomes.
With combined efforts, the program has successfully admitted 100 senior executives from various public and private sectors to take part in this 5-week program. The program will be delivered in Phnom Penh with the support of the AUPP and Khmer Enterprise.