Dr Khieng Sothy
Founding President, Cambodia University of Technology and Science
Dr Khieng Sothy is the founding president of the Cambodia University of Technology and Science and advises the National Council of Science, Technology and Innovation. He served as the vice president of research and administration at the Kirirom Institute of Technology (KIT) between 2019 and 2021. He is an experienced and accomplished scholar, educator and higher education administrator. Before joining KIT, he spent 10 years at CDRI where he co-founded and was the head of the Education Unit from 2014 to 2018. He co-edited the book Cambodia Education 2015: Employment and Empowerment, a CDRI flagship publication. He also authored the book The Dawn of Social Enterprise in Cambodia? which was published because of his doctoral research. His inter-disciplinary research interests include postsecondary education, social entrepreneurship and innovation, and science and technology. He has held several research fellowships, including at Griffith University and the University of Melbourne (Australia), and the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (Switzerland). He has published articles in various peer-reviewed international journals. He co-founded the Comparative Education Society of Cambodia and is currently serving as a board member for this society and as an international advisory board member for Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education. He has a PhD in Organisation Sciences from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands, and an MA in International Development Studies from Ohio University, USA, under the Fulbright Scholar Program during which he was the President of Ohio University Fulbright Association between 2007 and 2008.