ITE lecturers to train Cambodian teachers;TTSH and
Phnom Penh hospital to cooperate on trauma care
President Tony Tan Keng Yam sitting next to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen at the signing of two agreements yesterday that will see cooperation in vocational training for
infocommunications technology, electronics and automotive technology, as well as trauma care and resuscitation training in healthcare. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESS PHOTO AGENCY
The Straits Times (10 January 2017) - Singapore and Cambodia signed
two agreements yesterday to
boost cooperation in the fields of
vocational education and healthcare.
President Tony Tan Keng Yam
and Cambodian Prime Minister
Hun Sen witnessed the signing on
the second day of Dr Tan’s state visit
One agreement, between the
Cambodian Ministry of Labour and
Vocational Training (MLVT) and
Singapore’s ITE Education Services
(ITEES), will help master trainers
in Cambodia hone their skills in
three areas: infocommunications
technology, electronics and automotive
These trainers will then pass on
what they have learnt to fellow
teachers at the MLVT.
The three areas were identified as
key priorities “based on the current
skilled manpower needs and vocational
landscape in Cambodia”, said
ITEES chief executive Tan Seng
Under this, 80 Cambodian master
trainers will receive one week of
lessons in Phnom Penh and two
weeks of lessons in Singapore.
The lessons will be conducted by
lecturers from the Institute of Technical
Education who are technical
experts in the fields involved.
Mr Tan said that in Cambodia,
most of the teachers are recruited
immediately after completing their
university education, and the programme
will help them gain the industry
knowledge they need and allow
them to learn about new technologies.
The cost of the programme is
$805,320. Temasek Foundation International
has provided a
one-time training grant of up to
$453,490 and the MLVT will fund
The second agreement signed
yesterday expands a three-year
partnership between Singapore’s
Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH)
and Calmette Hospital in Phnom
Penh to work together on trauma
care and resuscitation training.
The two hospitals had co-developed
a programme in 2014 to equip
Cambodian healthcare workers
with skills in these areas.
The programme has since benefited
216 Cambodian doctors and
had provided a grant of
$290,630, and TTSH and Calmette
Hospital co-funded the rest.
The new agreement will take this
partnership to greater heights, said
Dr Chua Wei Chong, consultant
trauma surgeon at TTSH.
It will expand training to include
areas such as intensive care medicine,
and healthcare leadership and
Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.