Bilateral cultural relations
Germany's cultural policy in Cambodia focuses on:
- participation in the international efforts for the preservation of the cultural heritage in Cambodia
- the development of the education and University system
- the representation of German culture including the promotion of the German language in Cambodia
The University of Cologne, supported by financial assistance from the German Foreign Ministry, is committed to preserving the world famous temples of Angkor. The "German Apsara Conservation Project" GACP currently focuses on the restoration of the basreliefs on the temple of Angkor Wat. Restoration work at the temple of Preah Ko has been completed.
The German Academic Exchange Service DAAD supports the University system by sending German professors to Cambodia as well as by arranging scholarships for Cambodians in Germany. Both visiting professorships and scholarships are offered on a short and long-term basis.
Intensifying Cambodian-German Cultural Exchange
On 28 August 2015 a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, represented by H.E. Secretary of State, Samraing Kamsan, and Kambodschnisch-Deutsche-Kulturgesellschaft eV. (KDKG e.V. = Cambodian-Germany Cultural Association), represented by its chairman, Mr Nico Mesterharm.
The project agreement aims at broadening the existing cooperation between Cambodia and Germany. KDKG e.V. comprises the activities carried out by META-House, Art+Foundation and German Classes Phnom Penh which all have already enabled cultural exchange for many years. Many of the projects carried out by this organization are co-funded by the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany through Goethe Institute or the German Embassy.
The new MoU complements an agreement signed between KDKG e.V. with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports in 2014 which has already entailed a cooperation agreement between the Royal University of Cambodia and Rhein-Waal-University in Germany.