The Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) and Seoul University (UoS), based in South Korea, have jointly launched an urban planning education faculty in Cambodia, aiming to meet current and future demand of human capital in urban planning and development within the Kingdom. and beyond.
RUPP hosted the launch of the new Department of Sustainable Urban Planning and Development (DSUPD) at the Cambodia-Korea Cooperation Center (CKCC) at its campus on August 16.
The establishment of the faculty is expected to make a significant contribution to solving various socio-economic challenges faced by urbanizing Cambodian cities.
As its slogan “Shape your city smarter, shape your future smarter” states, DSUPD aims to train the best urban planners through a cutting-edge training program. The first cohort of 40 freshmen will be recruited next year, with the majority of them on scholarships, according to a joint press release.
Rath Sethik, Dean of the Faculty of Development Studies at RUPP, said the establishment of DSUPD was inspired by the high demand for human capital and to address the rapid spread of unsustainable urban growth in all urban centers. from Cambodia.
“The challenge of creating the department was in itself a learning process in which many legal, technical and institutional structures were required,” he said.
He said the process began in early 2021, when working groups from his Faculty of Development Studies and the UoS International School of Urban Sciences were formally established. The groups held bi-monthly meetings to assess the best options for establishing the program.
“I want to thank everyone involved, but I especially want to thank the President of UoS, whose team is highly committed and understands our intentions in creating this department and the program. Without their support, this would have been impossible,” he said.
“For our part, we are deeply grateful to our rector for his guidance and vision. I would like to conclude that the creation of the department was an excellent learning process. We wish to see strong and qualified human capital cultivated through this program, and hope to see them working in the urban centers of the Kingdom and the region,” he added.
UoS President Soon-takSuh extended his congratulations and assured that the university will provide continued support by sharing South Korea’s urban development policies and urban planning techniques combined with technology. information and communication (ICT) such as big data and artificial intelligence with Phnom Penh. .
The department was established under the “Leading University for International Cooperation” project sponsored by the South Korean Ministry of Education. The Cambodian Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports officially approved its foundation on May 25.
The “Leading University for International Cooperation” project is expected to run for seven years, from 2021 to 2028. UoS will continue to forge closer ties with RUPP, helping it build appropriate infrastructure for a quality learning environment .