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Resources in Cambodia

Public Universities and Institutions of Higher Education

Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP)
Courses offered within the Faculties of Science, Social Sciences and Humanities, and the Institute of Foreign Languages (IFL)

Royal University of Fine Arts (RUFA)
Courses offered within the Faculties of Archaeology, Architecture and Urbanism, Plastic Arts, Choreographic Arts and Music

Royal University of Law and Economics (RULE)
Courses offered in the fields of Business, Law, Economics and Finance.

Royal Academy of Cambodia (RAC)
The Royal Academy of Cambodia is dedicated to research on Cambodian history and society, culture and fine arts. It also features the Institute of National Language, dedicated to research on language, linguistics, epigraphy and ancient manuscripts.


Private Universities

Build Bright University

Cambodia Mekong University
Courses are offered through the Faculties of Management and Tourism, Economics and Social Science, Law, Science and Technology and Arts, Humanities and Foreign Language.

International Institute of Cambodia
Courses are offered in the fields of Business, Science, Commerce, English and Foreign Language and Communication Studies.

Norton University
Courses are offered within the colleges of Arts, Humanities and Languages, Sciences and Social Sciences. There are additional programs in Business Administration, Development Management, Information Technology and English.

Pannasastra University
Courses are offered through the Faculties of Arts, Letters and Humanities, Business and Economics, Law and Public Affairs, Mathematics, Sciences and Engineering, Education, Communication and Media Art, Social Sciences and International Relations, Medicine and Health Sciences, Management and Polytechnic.

University of Cambodia
Courses are offered within the colleges of Arts and Humanities, Education, Law, Management, Public Health, Sciences and Technology and Social Sciences.


Research Institutes and Information Centers

Buddhist Institute
Research and documentation center on Buddhism and Cambodian culture, covering fields of religion, philosophy, literature and linguistics, social sciences, history and art.

Cambodian Development Research Institute (CDRI)
Provides research programs with a library featuring an extensive collection of publications on socio-economic and development issues in Cambodia

Center for Advanced Study (CAS)
An independent, non-political Cambodian institution devoted to research, education and public debate on issues affecting the development of Cambodian society. CAS provides research services, develops research projects, and promotes the use of evidence-based policy.

Co-operation Committee for Cambodia (CCC) Resource Center
Membership organization for NGOs working in Cambodia which publishes and sells directories listing all NGOs operating in the country. Its resource center has books on history, culture, gender issues, environment, human rights and community development.

Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-CAM)
An independent Cambodian research institute that has an extensive collection on the Khmer Rouge and genocide studies.

Ecole Française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO)
One of the oldest research institutions conducting research in Southeast Asia, holds lectures in Siem Reap on topics related to art history, architecture, archaeology, anthropology given by Cambodian and international guest speakers.

Mekong River Commission Library (MRC)
An organization bringing together Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand in an effort to manage and develop the economic potential of their shared resource, the Mekong River. Includes information and research on sustainable development, agriculture, water use, environment, etc.

NGO Forum
The NGO Forum on Cambodia is a membership organization for local and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in Cambodia for the purpose of sharing information, debate and advocacy on priority issues affecting Cambodia’s development.



National Archives of Cambodia
Legal and historical documents at the communal, provincial, and national levels, covering French colonial administration, post-colonial governments, records of the Pol Pot regime, UNTAC documents, publications, periodicals, maps, posters, photos.

National Library
General reference collection including French colonial era periodicals, magazines, books.

The Buddhist Institute Library
Publications, newspapers, periodicals, palm-leaf manuscripts on Buddhism and Cambodian culture, covering fields of religion, philosophy, literature and linguistics, social sciences, history and art. Collections in Khmer, English, French.

Hun Sen Library
This academic research library, located within the Royal University of Phnom Penh, has a collection of books in English, French and Khmer, as well as CD-ROMs.


Archaeological Research Teams Working in Angkor Historical Park

Authority for the Protection and Management of Angkor and the Region of Siem Reap (APSARA)

Archaeological Survey of India

Chinese Government Team for Safeguarding Angkor (CSA)

Ecole Française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO)

German Apsara Conservation Project (GACP)

Japanese Government Team for Safeguarding Angkor (JSA)

Sophia University Angkor International Mission (Japan)

The University of Sydney, The Greater Angkor Project (GAP), The Living with Heritage Project (LWH)

World Monuments Fund (WMF)


Resources on Environment & Culture

Amrita Performing Arts
AMRITA collaborates with the artists of the Cambodian Ministry of Culture and freelance artists in researching and producing professionally staged traditional and classical performances both in Cambodia and abroad, while developing and encouraging artists’ expressive potential in contemporary theater, dance and music through workshops, curriculum- building initiatives, regional exchange programs and international tours.

Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center
The Audiovisual Resource Center has adopted several missions: collection of the images and sounds of the Cambodian memory and making them available to a wide public, training Cambodians in the audiovisual professions by welcoming foreign film productions and by its own artistic projects. The first objective consisting of protecting the national audiovisual heritage was initiated in 2005, while the two other objectives are currently in process.

Cambodia Living Arts
Cambodian Living Arts works to support the revival of traditional Khmer performing arts and to inspire contemporary artistic expression through arts education, mentorship, networking opportunities, education, career development, and income generating projects for master performing artists who survived the Khmer Rouge as well as the next generation of student artists.

Gecko Environment Center
The Gecko is a floating environment center located in Siem Reap Province on the Tonle Sap lake, Cambodia. It is based in Chong Khneas commune, a floating fishing village which changes locations with the seasonal rise and fall of the Tonle Sap lake.

Institute for Khmer Traditional Textiles (IKTT)
IKTT was founded by Kikuo Morimoto in order to restore the tradition of Khmer textiles, to preserve the cultural heritage of Cambodian textiles and pass it on to the younger generation and to revive the promising textile industry and foster the related cottage industries such as raising silkworms and weaving.

Osmose has developed programs aiming to link the preservation of the water bird colonies and the environment on the Tonle Sap Lake with the sustainable development of the local communities, focusing on conservation, eco-tourism and education.

Reyum Institute of Arts and Culture
A forum for research, documentation, preservation and promotion of Cambodian arts and culture. Through exhibitions, events, and publications, Reyum aims to stimulate an exchange of ideas, while fostering creative expressions and encouraging further research. All activities presented by Reyum are free and open to the public.

Sam Veasna Center for Wildlife Conservation (SVC)
SVC develops activities to promote wildlife conservation through hosting public events and lectures for Cambodians and foreigners, developing interpretive material and a resource library on topics relating to Cambodia’s environment and training Cambodians in bird identification and how to lead small scale bird excursions.

Sovanna Phum
Sovanna Phum (which means Golden Earth) is an independent Khmer art association in Phnom Penh. The aims are to revive, preserve the treasures of Khmer culture (Shadow Puppet Theatre, Classical Dance, Folk Dance, Traditional Music, Theatre and Circus) and promote to local and international audiences. Sovanna Phum has performances every Friday & Saturday at 7.30pm at its theatre.


Khmer & Southeast Asian Studies

Khmer Language Courses


Royal University of Phnom Penh
Institute of Foreign Languages
Khmer for Foreigners
Four levels of 8-10 weeks are conducted four times per year.
Contact: Mr. Soeung Phos, Coordinator

United States

California State University, Long Beach (CSULB)
Long Beach, CA

Dept. of Asian and Asian American Studies: intermediate and advanced Khmer literacy courses offered.
Contact: Dr. Teri Shaffer Yamada, Associate Professor, John N. Tsuchida, Department Chair

Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

The Department of Asian Studies offers beginning, intermediate and advanced Khmer Language courses.
Contact: Thak Chaloemtiarana, Director Southeast Asian Studies program

Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL

Center for Southeast Asian Studies
Khmer language courses at different levels.
Contact: Julia Lamb, Outreach Coordinator
Note: The SEAsite is an Interactive Learning Resources for Southeast Asian Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute
University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI

Khmer Language Program has an 8-weekintensive summer session in Southeast Asian Languages equivalent to two semesters of study. Scholarships available.
Contact: Frank Smith, Khmer Coordinator

University of Hawaii at Manoa
Manoa, Hawaii

Department of Hawaiian and Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures, Khmer Language Program offers Khmer language classes at all levels.
Contact: Chhany Sak-Humphry


Thammasat University

Southeast Asian Studies Program provides elementary, intermediate and advanced Khmer language classes within the BA in Southeast Asian Studies.
Contact: Prof. Charnvit Kasetsiri, Senior Adviser

Khmer Studies (by region)


Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
Tokyo, JAPAN

Cambodian Studies offers a BA/MA/PhD in Cambodian Studies/ Southeast Asian Studies and Khmer language courses.
Contact: OKADA, Tomoko, Associate Professor

Silpakorn University

Faculty of Archaeology offers a MA in Khmer, Studies, Sanskrit Studies, History of Southeast Asia; PhD in Sanskrit and Khmer Language.
Contact: Dr. Orawan Boonyarith, Assistant Professor


Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO)

Departement Asie du Sud-Est, Haute Asie, Pacifique Licence, DREA, DEA, PhD in Khmer studies/ Southeast Asia studies and Khmer language courses.
Contact: Michel Antelme, Maître de conférences

Southeast Asian Studies Programs and Centers (by region)



Australian National University
ACT Faculty of Asian Studies

Contact Person: Dr. Tana Li, Senior Fellow

Monash University

Monash Asia Institute
Center of Southeast Asian Studies
Contact: Dr. Penelope Graham, Director


Waseda University
Tokyo, Japan

Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies, Waseda University Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies: MA in International Relations, PhD in International Studies
Graduate School of Science and Engineering Department of Architecture, Major in Architecture
Contact: Dr. Takeshi NAKAGAWA, Professor (Architectural History)

Kyoto University
Kyoto, Japan

Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies: MA/PhD programs in Southeast Asian Area Studies.
Contact: Administration


National University of Singapore (NUS)

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Southeast Asian Studies programme: BA/MA/PhD in Southeast Asian studies
Asia Research Institute
Contact: John N. Miksic, Associate Professor


Chulalongkorn University

Southeast Asian Studies Program: MA in Southeast Asian Studies
Contact: Dr. Sunait Chutintaranond

Thammasat University

Southeast Asian Studies Program: BA in Southeast Asian Studies
Contact: Prof. Charnvit Kasetsiri, Senior Adviser


Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ

Center for Asian Research: certificate in Southeast Asian Studies for undergraduates.
Contact: Dr. Juliane Schober, Director ( or Lora Kile, Program Coordinator,

California State University – Long Beach
Long Beach, CA

Contact: Teri Shaffer Yamada, Director,, or the center contact at, UC Berkeley,
Center for Southeast Asia Studies, UCLA,,

Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

Department of Asian Studies
Southeast Asia Program: courses on Southeast Asia integrated through university departments.
MA concentrations available in Southeast Asian Studies, PhD in Asian Religions.
Contact: Kaja McGowan, Director, Southeast Asian Studies program,,
Akida Aierken, Graduate Assistant for Outreach,, (After School Language Program)

Johns Hopkins University
Washington, DC

Southeast Asian Studies: MA, MIPP, PhD in Southeast Asian Studies
Contact: Karl D. Jackson, PhD, distinguished professor of Southeast Asia Studies,, and William M. Wise, Practitioner-in-residence, Southeast Asia Studies,,

Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL

Center for Southeast Asian Studies: minor in Southeast Asian Studies, graduate concentration for MA and PhD students.
Contact: Judy Ledgerwood,director,, Eric Jones, Assistant Director,,,

Ohio University
Athens, OH

Center for Southeast Asian Studies: MA in International Affairs (MAIA) degree with a concentration in Southeast Asia, and supports a focus on Southeast Asia in a variety of doctoral programs. Khmer Language courses are offered.
Contact: Karla Schneider, Assistant Director

University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC CANADA

Center for Southeast Asia Research (CSEAR)
Contact: Administration

University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS): Southeast Asian Studies major and minor at the undergraduate level. Graduate study related to Southeast Asia under other departments is possible.
Contact: Barbara Gaerlan, Assistant Director,

University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

South Asia Language and Area Center: Pali and Sanskrit language lessons. MA/Ph.D. in multiple disciplines, including South Asian Studies
Committee on Southern Asian Studies
Contact: Alan L. Kolata, Neukom Family Professor

University of Hawaii at Manoa
Manoa, HI

Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS)
Asian Studies Program: BA, MA in Asian studies, concentration in Southeast Asian studies.
Hawaiian Indo Pacific Languages and Literatures
Contact: Paul Rauch, Associate Director (confirmed)

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Center for Southeast Asian Studies: MA in Southeast Asian Studies ,, Christi-Anne Castro, Director; Alison Byrnes, Program Coordinator, Center for Southeast Asian Studies

Asian Languages and Cultures: MA, PhD in Asian Languages and Cultures , Southeast Asian language Program Director, Agustini,,

University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Jackson School of International Studies’s
Southeast Asia Center: BA/MA/PhD in Asian Studies, with a concentration in Southeast Asia,, Celia Lowe, Director;, Pauli Sandjaja, Southeast Asian Language Coordinator,,

Department of Asian Languages and Literature: instruction in Asian languages and literature.
Contact: Atkins, Paul S. Professor and Department Chair, ;,

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI

Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS): BA concentration, a MA and a PhD minor.
Contact: Alfred W. McCoy, Director,, Jinda Moore, SEASSI Coordinator, Center for Southeast Asian Studies

Yale University
New Haven, CT

Council on Southeast Asia Studies: multi-disciplinary course of study related to Southeast Asia.
Director: Prof. Michael Dove
Contact: Kristine Mooseker, Program Manager,; or,

El Colegio de México
Mexico City, MEXICO

Centro d’ Estudios de Asia y África (CEAA): MA and a PhD in Asian and African Studies with a concentration in Southeast Asian Studies.
Contact Person: John Marston, Professor/ Investigator;
University of Oregon’s Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS), Contact: Holly Lakey, Program Coordinator
UC Pacific Rim Research Program, Graduate studies there is UCSD’s Pacific Rim school:
Contact: Lisa Nishioka, Program Coordinator
Columbia University,
Contact:Jiyeon Glass, Program Coordinator,



Ecole Française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO)
Paris, France

Contact: Yves Goudineau, Director of Studies


Humboldt University

Asian and African Studies: MA in South East Asian studies
Contact Person: Prof. Christian Bauer

University of Bonn

Department of Southeast Asian Studies

University of Applied Sciences, Cologne

German Apsara Conservation Project
Faculty of Cultural Sciences
Institute of Conservation Science
Contact: Dr. Hans Leisen, Project Director

University of Passau

Southeast Asian Studies: MA in Southeast Asian Studies
Contact: Christa Gottinger

The Netherlands

Leiden Universiteit

Research School CNWS: School of Asian, African and Amerindian Studies: Master’s in Asian Studies
Contact: Drs. A. Geurds

United Kingdom

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

Department of the Languages and Cultures of Southeast Asia: BA/MA Southeast Asian Studies, MA in Languages and Literatures of Southeast Asia. Supervision of PhD students in Khmer studies is also available.
Contact Person: Dr. Rachel Harrison, Department Head


Moscow State University

Institute of Asian and African Studies: BA, MA and PhD programs on Southeast Asia in the following fields: ancient and modern history, language, literature, ancient and modern history, politics and economics.
Contact: Mickail Meyer, Director

St. Petersburg State University
St. Petersburg, RUSSIA

Faculty of Oriental Studies: BA/MA in Orientalism. PhD in Asian Languages and Literature.
Contact: Dr. Yevgeni Zelenev, Dean


Research Institutes and Other Resources

The Coombsweb is an Asian Studies online research facility.

Internet forum and listserv for academics with an interest in Southeast Asia.

Institut de Recherche sur l’Asie du Sud-Est Contemporaine (IRASEC)
[Research Institute on Contemporary Southeast Asia] Bangkok, THAILAND

IRASEC is a research institute encouraging study and publication of the social, political, economic and environmental developments of the region.
Contact: Guy Faure, Director / Grégoire Rochigneux, Head of Publications

Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS)

ISEAS is a regional research centre dedicated to the study of socio-political, security and economic trends and developments in Southeast Asia and its wider geo-strategic and economic environment. Fellowships offered.
Contact: Y.L. Lee, Administrator

International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS)

IIAS offers post doctoral fellowships on Asian Studies fields.
Contact: Administration

The Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS)
Copenhagen, DENMARK

NIAS is a research institute that invites guest scholars to present papers, conduct seminars, and spend periods of time at the institute. NIAS has its own publishing press and welcomes manuscripts from authors working on topics related to Asia. Fellowships: NIAS offers scholars fellowships.
Contact: Dr. Alexandra Kent

The Siam Society

The Society sponsors seminars, publications, research projects on subjects pertaining to the arts, culture and history of Thailand and the region.
Contact: Ms. Kanitha Kasina-Ubol, Assistant General Manager

National University of Singapore (NUS)