In 1992 Cambodians requested UNESCO to establish the institute as a priority during a round table on media held by UNESCO in Phnom Penh. Five months later, the Cambodian Supreme National Council agreed to endorse a UNESCO document for the establishment of the institute.
At the meeting of the International Program for the Development of Communication in 1993, Denmark and French agreed to fund the entire project. Initiated by UNESCO, the project was officially signed in 1994 by then the UNESCO Representative to Cambodia, Mr. K. Nhouyvanisvong and then Information Minister, Mr. Ieng Mouly. In 1995 Cambodia Communication Institute (CCI) was officially inaugurated by Prime Minister, Hun Sen.
CCI, under the umbrella of the Royal University of Phnom Penh, was established with the purpose of strengthening the public participation in democracy by improving the quality of information through the local media and other information sources and to increase the flow of information through the development of independent press and media in Cambodia.
Since DMC offers a four-year program in journalism for young Cambodian students, CCI has been and is committed to train and equip Cambodian working journalists, editors, media and communication officers (who do not have a formal education in journalism) with journalism and media skills. By so doing, CCI helps working practitioners of mass media build their professional capacity and standard understanding of journalism/communication and to help them serve their readers better as well as their profession.
CCI POLICIES FOR TRAINEES AND TRAINERS
1. Trainees should attend the class regularly. If impossible, trainees should attend the class at least 70 % and should get 70% for every subject in order to be awarded a certificate.
2. Trainees should seek for leave permission from trainers for one week absence and from both trainers and director for over one week absence.
3. Trainees should be active, participative and cooperative and responsible for the given reading, homework and assignments.
4. Trainees should consult trainers and the program coordinator or director for any matter that might occur.
5. Email and phone are means of communication, so trainees and trainers are advised to check email regularly to have good communication.
6. Phones should be turned off or kept silent during class.
7. Punctuality is strongly advised.
8. Trainers should inform a program director at least a week before their absence if absence cannot be avoided.
9. Trainers are advised to send handouts to the program coordinator for making copies one day before (not a whole book).