DOCtoral program in Khmer universities Strengthening the International Development of Environmental and maritime research (DOCKSIDE)  is a structural project co-funded by Erasmus + programme,... GENERAL INTRODUCTION

DOCtoral program in Khmer universities Strengthening the International Development of Environmental and maritime research (DOCKSIDE)  is a structural project co-funded by Erasmus + programme, KA2 Cooperation for innovation and exchange of good practices – Capacity Building in the field of Higher Education.

It aims to improve the research collaboration in Maritime and Environmental fields between some of the leading public universities in Cambodia: National University of Management (NUM);  Royal University of Law and Economics  (RULE); University of Battambang (UBB); Royal University of Agriculture (RUA). An important institutional support is provided by the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport.

Université de Nantes (France), Universidade de Vigo (Spain) and Syddansk Universitet (Denmark) will support Cambodian partners by organizing training and exchanging good practices in order to strengthen the research capacity and quality of doctoral programs.

The project is in line with the Cambodian Ministry of Education Youth and Sport (MoEYS) policy to improve the quality and relevance of higher education. MoEYS is considering to reform the higher education by creating Doctoral Schools on different subjects.

DOCKSIDE Project runs from 15th October 2016 until 14th October 2019


With the support of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

ទទួលបានការគាំទ្រផ្នែកសហរិញ្ញប្បទានពីគម្រោង Erasmus+របស់សហភាពអីរ៉ុប

Cofinancé par le programme Erasmus+ de l’Union européenne


  • Strengthen the collaboration between Cambodian and European universities
  • Improve the quality and attractiveness of PhD programs in Cambodia
  • Scientific cooperation between researchers and PhD students
  • Development of multidisciplinary research
  • A more international Cambodian and European university


Cambodia is highly exposed to the effects of climate change. By 2030, the runoff throughout the Mekong Basin is expected to increase by 21%. Net Vulnerability Resilience Index declared that, Cambodia is the 4th most vulnerable state out of 95 countries. Along with the continuous growth of more than 7% per year, there is an important increase of the cargo passing through the Cambodian ports. Maritime trade and port infrastructure are key factors for the Cambodian economic competitiveness. The depletion of natural resources, vulnerability of community fisheries, food security, water resource management, maritime and intermodal transport, and port efficiency are central issues in Cambodia. These topics, because of their complexity, require multidisciplinary research.

Therefore DOCKSIDE will focus on the following topics:

  • Economics
  • Management
  • Agriculture
  • Environment
  • Fisheries

To Participate

The goal of DOCKSIDE is to support all Cambodian researchers and students specialized in Economics, Management, Agriculture, Environment and Fisheries. Therefore training will be organized throughout the lifespan of the project. Among the major events would be the Summer Schools in 2018 and 2019, where researchers with various backgrounds from Europe and Cambodia will gather to improve their skills and enhance multidisciplinary research. Follow the News of the project for updates.

On the Environmental Maritime Research (EMR) platform, you will be able to upload documents and data. You could exchange with other researchers from Asia and Europe working on the same topics.

You can also submit a paper or research proposal for peer review. The peer review will be conducted by professors from Europe. Register in order to submit a paper and check some updated documents by other researchers specialized in your field.

The authors of the best proceedings submitted in the EMR platform will have the possibility to attend the summer schools which will be held in Battambang on October 2018 and 2019 (place to be confirmed).

In addition, there is also a mobility grant (up to three months in the European University) for the PhD Candidates, Master Student and Researcher associated with the Partners. Please follow all updates in the News section.