The action in Cambodia started in 2005, at the instigation of CIMPA. It was a request of Chan Roath, who was the only cambodia mathematician teaching at the university at this period.
Since the scholar and the university systems were destroyed by the Khmer Rouge regime, Cambodia needed some help from abroad to reconstruct its educational system.
The first aim of this action is to implement progressively at the Royal University Phnom Penh (RUPP) a mathematical teaching of international level. At the present time, it concerns master courses that the cambodia cannot provide by themselves. This is done with the help of many international organisations, namely the International Center of Pure and Applied Mathematics CIMPA, the International Mathematical Union IMU, the US National Committee for Mathematicians USNCM (USA), the Toyota Fondation (Japon), the International Science Program ISP (Uppsala University, Sweden) the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), some french universities (Paris 6, Marseille, Nice and INSA Rouen) and some foreign ones (from Australia, Japan, Philippines, Spain, Sweden, United states). The program also received grants from the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) in 2005 and 2006 and from an International Basic Sciences Programme (PISF from Unesco).
By the way, the Volunteer Lecturer Program (VLP, http://volunteerlecturerprogram.com/?page_id=100), which is developped and sponsored by the Commission for Developing Countries of IMU, was initiated to support the cambodia project : see for example http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/biso/IMU/PGA_050583 and http://www.mathunion.org/cdc/volunteer-lecturer-program/.
The persons in charge of this master are : Michel Jambu (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Brigitte Lucquin (email@example.com). They are helped by many other colleagues, including in particular Pierre Arnoux (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Michel Waldschmidt (email@example.com). The local coordinator is Mam Mareth (firstname.lastname@example.org). The web site of the master program is : http://www.rupp.edu.kh/master/mathematics/.
At the present time, eight young cambodian have obtained a PhD abroad (five in France, one in China, one in Russia and one in Thailand), two students will defend their PhD in 2016 (one in South Korea and one in France) and four students are preparing a PhD abroad (two in France, one in South Korea and one in Sweden). The progressive return of new cambodia PhD can ensure the continuity within a few years. The research will have then the possibility to develop, and may be a mathematical community will appear.
The CIMPA web page devoted to the action in Cambodia is : http://www.cimpa-icpam.org/spip.php?rubrique112.
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