University description (as per official university website)
History of RUA
Royal University of Agriculture is one of the 9 national universities in Cambodia, founded in 1964. Unfortunately, the university was completely closed during Pol Pot's regime from 1975 to 1978. During this dark period, most of the physical infrastures including building, equipment and laboratories were seriously damaged.
After Pol Pot's regime the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries, in recognition of the urgent needs for human resource in the agricultural field, decided to reopen the university under the name of Institute of Agricultural Education (IAE) in 1980. The principle mission of IAE was to offer short course training programs ranging from 2 to 6 months.
IAE, under the auspices of the Soviet Union, was subsequently renamed as Institute of Agricultural Technique (IAT) in 1984 with the mission to offer degree program in general agriculture, animal production and health, agricultural machinery, forestry and fisheries.
With the aim of expanding agricultural education in Cambodia, known to be an agarian country, IAT was officially renamed as the Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) on 22 February 1994. On 27 December 1999, the university was first declared to be a public administrative institution (autonomy) in Cambodia.