*Heng Kimkong is an Australian Awards scholar pursuing a PhD in Education at the University of Queensland and a co-founder of Cambodian Education Forum.
**Dr. Tuomo Rautakivi is a Visiting Professor at Royal University of Phnom Penh and an Honorary Consul of Finland in Pattaya.
As Yolles Maurice noted, without our own culture, there is no development, which means that without a research culture, there is no research development. The process of fostering a strong research culture requires concerted efforts, genuine commitment, clear vision and even changes in mindset at all levels of the society, including the national, institutional and individual levels. However, to develop a vibrant research culture in Cambodia is a very long journey and also a challenging one.