RSA - Royal School of Administration
École Royale d'Administration - Royal School of Administration

 RSA - Royal School of Administration
 Regional and International Cooperation


a. The Network of Asia-Pacific Schools and Institutes of Public Administration and Governance (NAPSIPAG)    (go to top)

The Royal School of Administration is a member of the Network of Asia-Pacific Schools and Institutes of Public Administration and Governance, which was created in 2004 with the technical support of the Asian Development Bank. NAPSIPAG’s goal is to strengthen and improve governance in the region. The network intends to bolster member institutions by reinforcing professional proficiency, knowledge of citizens’ good governance and law drafting. In the private sector, NAPSIPAG had contributed to the establishment of professions' identities and communities, standards and professional ethics as well as to the improvement of professional relations regarding good governance.

Each year, NAPSIPAG holds a conference on the public administration’s role in the creation and development of a stable society, conference in which countries from the Asia Pacific region take part. In November 2006, the conference was organized by the University of Sydney. In 2007, the conference whose theme was “Innovation, Policy Transfer and Governance: How can they best contribute to social and human development ? ” took place in Manilla.

b. The China National School of Administration (CNSA)    (go to top)

In December 2005, the Royal School of Administration contacted the China National School of Administration in order to develop cooperation between the two schools in delegation and information exchange regarding public servant training. Under the auspices of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the CNSA has hosted several Laotian and Vietnamese delegations of high-ranking public servants. It is set to greet a Cambodian delegation of high public servants or RSA administration staff on a study trip.

c. The Civil Service College of Singapore (CSC)    (go to top)

Following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Royal School of Administration of Cambodia and the Civil Service College of Singapore in September 2006 in Siem Reap town, the CSC sent to Phnom Penh a delegation consisting of Mr. Roger Tan, director of international relations, Miss Amelia Ang, the director’s assistant, and Miss Joanne Lin, executive officer. The purpose of their visit, which took place 16 July to 18 July 2007, was to familiarize themselves with the RSA and look into organizing activities in accordance with the MOU. During their visit, the CSC delegates met with representatives of the following institutions: the General Secretariat of the Royal Government, the Public Service, the Council for Administrative Reform, the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, the Economics and Finance Institute and the Cambodia Development Ressource Institute. These meetings aimed to acquaint the CSC delegates with Cambodia’s public service, its administrative reform and public finance.

After their visit, the CSC delegates accepted the RSA director’s proposal to set in motion some activities described in the MOU including: preparing an RSA-delegation study trip to the CSC; organizing short-term seminars; exchanging teaching documents such as case studies; RSA teachers taking part in a short-term training program at the CSC and CSC teachers taking part in a short-term training program at the RSA. The CSC also agreed to organize an official visit of Cambodian high-ranking public servants to Singapore within the context of Cambodia’s public service or administrative reform, a review of the last 10 years of state reform having just been completed in Singapore.

d.The National University of Singapore -- the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy    (go to top)

The Royal School of Administration has been in contact with this institution and researching the possibility of public servants and students obtaining study grants for this school.

e.The National Institute of Public Administration, or Institut Tadbiran Awam Negara (INTAN), in Malaysia    (go to top)

Malaysia’s National Institute of Public Administration is similar to the Royal School of Administration. The visit of Dr. Malek Yusoff, INTAN’s director, in December 2005 focused on establishing relations between the two institutions. Following his visit, the RSA considered cooperating with INTAN in case studies—the institute is well-known for the quality of its work in this area—by sending teachers or public servants to INTAN for training or inviting INTAN trainers to conduct workshops at the school. INTAN’s director said that the institute was ready to start cooperation programs with the RSA.

f.The University of Sydney   (go to top)

The Royal School of Administration has established relations on a permanent basis with the University of Sydney with the goal of creating a Public Administration and Management Research Centre. In November 2006, a university delegation that included M. Geoff Gallop, director of the university’s Graduate School of Government, and Dr. Stephen FitzGerald made a short visit to the school in order to step up the implementation of the cooperation project and look into the need for public political science research in Cambodia. During the audience he granted the delegation, HE Sok An, deputy prime minister and president of the school’s Administrative Council, indicated that he was in favour of opening the research centre.

In December 2006, HE Sum Manit and Dr. FitzGerald discussed the project in Sydney. The emphasis was put on the need to strengthen the skills of Cambodian researchers meant to work at the research centre, which would be done under the auspices of the University of Sydney. At HE Sok An’s recommendation, candidates to be trained as researchers would be selected among the school’s former students.

In June 2007, M. Gallop and Dr. FitzGerald returned to Cambodia to sign a Memorandum of Understanding. They attended a high-level conference on public policy research in which took part around 20 high-ranking public servants and 10 observers. It was organized by the RSA in cooperation with the Cambodia Development Ressource Institute and the University of Sydney. Unfortunately, due to changes made in the MOU draft regarding cooperation between the RSA and the University of Sydney, the signature of the MOU was postponed to June 2007. Dr. FitzGerald incorporated several amendments to the draft and returned it to the RSA in December 2007. This version was approved, and the parties involved are currently discussing when to meet to sign the MOU. The University of Sydney has committed to giving grants to RSA students and short-term trainees but not to providing lodging and allowances during their studies in Australia. The RSA intends to discuss this further with the University of Sydney in order to expand its cooperation on this point.

g.Institute of Administrative Management in London    (go to top)

The Royal School of Administration has contacted the Institute of Administrative Management in London for the purpose of setting up tuition-based, short-term training programs in public administration at the school. The institute has taken an interest in a training cooperation project for Cambodian public servants, and is currently discussing with the school training programs and cooperation procedure.

h.Japan’s National Institute of Public Administration    (go to top)

In late 2005, the Royal School of Administration contacted Japan’s National Institute of Public Administration, which is under the jurisdiction of the Cabinet of the Japanese prime minister. A delegation headed by the institute’s director has visited the RSA and expressed its willingness to develop cooperation programs with the school. The institute has suggested to submit a cooperation project to the Japan International Cooperation Agency for the agency to review and make a decision regarding funding.

i.Vietnam’s National Academy of Public Administration
(ANAPV)    (go to top)

The Royal School of Administration has been in touch with the Faculty of Organization and Personnel Management at the National Academy of Public Administration in Vietnam with the goal of setting up an exchange of experience between the two institutions as part of a cooperation project in public servant training.

j.France’s Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA)    (go to top)

In November 2006, an official delegation from the Royal School of Administration visited France’s Ecole Nationale d’Administration to look into the ENA’s training principles and to discuss the possibility of developing cooperation between the two schools.

Following the visit, the RSA drafted a cooperation Memorandum of Understanding, putting the emphasis on the need for the ENA to support the RSA’s modernization efforts. The MOU was signed on 19 October 2007 at the ENA in the presence of the institutions’ directors and under the presidency of HE Sum Manit, government adviser and representative of HE Sok An, deputy prime minister and president of RSA’s Administrative Council.

k. Annual Meetings of the Deans and Directors of Diplomatic Academies and Foreign Relations Institutes, ASEAN+3    (go to top)

The “Final Report of the East Asia Study Group for Asean + 3 Summit,” which was released on 4 November 2002 in Phnom Penh during the Eight Asean + 3 Summit hosted by Cambodia, has stepped up the development of sectorial cooperation among Asean countries members, China, Japan and South Korea. This report recommended annual meetings of the Deans and Directors of Diplomatic Academies and Foreign Relations Institutes. Those meetings, in which the Royal School of Administration takes part each year, were held in Beijing in 2005, in Kuala Lumpur in 2006 and Tokyo in 2007. The 2008 meeting, to be held in Bangkok in May or early June, will be organized by the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs’s Devawongse Varopakarn Institute of Foreign Affairs.