First Engineering Institution of Cambodia founded

7 September 2001 ‘Indispensable’ is how the UNESCO Jakarta Office describes the recent establishment of the first engineering institution in the Kingdom of Cambodia.

Concerned that the least developed countries in Asia not be left on the sidelines of development, the UNESCO Jakarta Office has strongly supported the establishment of the Engineering Institution of Cambodia (EIC).

The EIC was formally recognized by the Ministry of the Interior of the Royal Government of Cambodia in October 2000. The International Labour Organization (ILO) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, assisted the EIC in preparing the legal documents for registration.

H.E. Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Royal Government of Cambodia, opened the First General Assembly of EIC in Phnom Penh on 9–10 February 2001.

The founding of the EIC implements the World Conference on Science recommendation that national policies ‘be adopted that imply consistent and long-term support for S&T, in order to ensure the strengthening of the human resource base, establishment of scientific institutions, improvement and upgrading of science education, integration of science into the national culture, development of infrastructures and promotion of technology and innovation capacities (para.55, Science Agenda).’

The EIC will be central to enhancing and maintaining a professional level of engineering within the country and to establishing relations with other national and international organizations, such as the Federation of Engineering Institutions of Southeast Asia and the Pacific (FEISEAP), ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organizations (AFEO), ILO and UNESCO.

The EIC is currently preparing to join, as a representative institution of the Kingdom of Cambodia, both FEISEAP and AFEO.

The first president of the EIC has been nominated by the Cambodian National Commission for UNESCO to attend, as an observer, Executive Committee meetings of FEISEAP, as a means of sharing information and experience.

The UNESCO Jakarta Office is continuing to encourage those countries in the region which have not yet done so to recognize appropriate organizations on their soil as their own national engineering institutions.

Source: UNESCO Jakarta Office: m.honda@unesco.org