UP participates in Online Workshop For Academic Deans

Mr. Chhea Sophearom, Assistant Dean of Faculty of Pharmacy was selected to attend a training workshop on the topic of ‘Academic Deans: Roles, Challenges, and Solutions.’ The main purpose of this programme is to develop the capacity of Higher Education management, particularly for Deans, Vice-Deans, Department Heads, and Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) Officers throughout the country. It was fully funded by DIES NMT Germany and co-organized by Phnom Penh International University (PPIU) and the CamEd Business School. This project has two major phases: the first workshop was physically held on 25-27 November 2019 at CamEd Institute. The second workshop (online) was held at PPIU on August 5-7, 2020.

Through these two workshops, the participants will be able to perform the following tasks:

  1. Discuss Higher Education management concepts, theories and practices
  2. Compare and contrast the roles of Academic Deans in local, regional, and international Higher Education contexts
  3. Discuss issues and challenges faced by Academic Deans
  4. Develop realistic Personal Action Plan (PAP) and approaches to implement them effectively, in order to assure quality within their faculties and educational institutions
  5. Build professional networks for future collaborations with local and international institutions.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Workshop II could not be conducted physically. As a result, it was held online using Zoom. The workshop was very interactive among participants and trainers. It focused on instructional leadership, IQA, case studies on university leadership, experiences as an HEI President, case consulting: Deans and Leadership, and PAP presentations. The workshop was concluded successfully within an enjoyable learning environment.

“We are standardizing our educational system together by learning and sharing. It was a great opportunity to learn from our local and international experts and work with Deans and Senior Deans from different universities across Cambodia.” said Mr. Sophearom.