Support for improving the quality of scientific research, teaching and international activities at universities in Cambodia
Aim of the Project:
||Kingdom of Cambodia
||Jan Banout, Lukas Kalous, Miloslav Petrtyl, Anna Hubackova
||Czech Development Agency
|Duration of the project:
||2015 - 2016
The project is aimed at promoting the quality of higher agricultural education in Cambodia through
cooperation between experts from the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CULS), Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) and Chea Sim University of Kamchaymear
(CSUK). The main outcomes include supporting the development of science and research, employability of graduates and international activities at RUA and CSUK.
Target groups are primarily teaching staff, scientists and technical staff, students and graduates of universities specifically the Royal University of Agriculture
(RUA) and the Chea Sim University of Kamchaymear (CSUK). In order to support scientific research and teaching activities of both universities provide (i) training
workshops under the guidance of Czech experts prepared methodical manuals, (ii) organize Career Days, (iii) Summer School "Form net to Spoon" and (iv) Film Festival
for students and teaching staff. In the field of science and research the project's activities focus on the implementation of joint research topics and to increase
the quality and promotion of their own scientific activities RUA and subsequently CSUK. The main goal is to establish scientific platform and identify priority areas
for research proposals. In the area of foreign relations, attention is focused mainly on encouraging mobility of students and teachers. The project also provides the
necessary supplementary material resources of the university and promotion of the project activities.
People in Cambodia rely heavily on freshwater fishes originated from Mekong. Consumption of fish and fish products is very high. Topic of the Summer school is focused on fish production, food processing and the economy and marketing of all related activities. Students are working together in small groups containing of Czech and Khmer representatives. Within two weeks they learn about basic principals in production of aquatic organisms (mostly fishes) both, in aquaculture and fishery.
Students first participate on theoretical classis covering wide range of local natural condition, fish biodiversity, fish production, food processing and related economics and marketing.
Integral part of each summer school is practical training both, in facilities at RUA and in the field. This practical part includes excursion to aquaculture farm, visit of several local fish
markets and practicing of food processing techniques in the food lab.
Groups of students have to accomplish a small project consisting of data collection about prices, value chain and marketing of fish and fish products on local markets, identification of
specific fish species, buying the fish and its further processing in the lab. Part of the process is drying and degustation of dry fish with comparison of several species. Significant part
of the fish processing is also focused on differences in food preparation based on traditional approach both in the Czech Republic and Cambodia.
Based on the knowledge from classes and from the field, students are designing their own virtual companies with business plan and they discuss and present their ideas among themselves.
Next to the official program there are many free-time activities when students have great opportunity to share cultural differences between central Europe and South Asia.
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Agriculture plays a key role in the Cambodian economy representing more than a third of the country annual GDP.
Education and "capacity building" belong to the priorities ... <-- more