Terms and Dates:

  • Winter 2020


Thamora Fishel

Housing Options:


Cornell Affiliations:

Southeast Asia Program

Off-campus partner:

Center for Khmer Studies


Opportunity Description

Led by Cornell Professor Sarosh Kuruvilla and Buffalo State Associate Professor Vida Vanchan


Over the past two decades, Cambodia has undergone a significant economic transition, with an average growth rate of 7.7% between 1995-2018, making it one of the fastest growing economies in the world. While this economic growth rate has significantly reduced poverty, reduced maternal mortality ratios, and child and infant mortality rates, serious challenges remain. These include high rates of poverty in the countryside, and serious health, education and infrastructure deficits. Roughly 32% of children under five are stunted. While net enrollment in primary education increased significantly, lower secondary school completion rates are significantly below the average for lower-middle income countries. Thus, Cambodia needs significant investments in human capital. This course will focus on introducing students to the factors that accentuate and inhibit the development of Cambodian development and of its people.