Cambodia is one of the 10 worst countries in the world for growing, nurturing and retaining talent, according to the latest ranking by one of the world’s largest graduate business schools.
The fourth annual Global Talent Competitiveness Index prepared by INSEAD, a business school with campuses across the globe, assesses a population’s level of vocational and technical skills.
Cambodia was ranked 108th out of 118 countries in the list — sandwiched between Cameroon and Nigeria — and received dire scores across the board. Last year, Cambodia ranked 96 out of 109.
For vocational and technical skills, Cambodia was ranked the fourth worst in the world. It came in fifth from bottom in “global knowledge skills,” which analyzes the knowledge of workers in professional, managerial, or leadership roles that require creativity and problem solving.
Cambodia is also ranked 108th on employability, which includes “ease of finding skilled employees” and availability of scientists and engineers.
Elsewhere in the region, Singapore was beaten only by Switzerland to come second, while Vietnam came 86th and Thailand 73rd. INSEAD released the rankings last week.
Officials could not be reached for comment on Friday.