What is the focus of the Construction Management (CM) program?
Since the beginning of the 21st century, Cambodia has been developing at a stunningly fast pace. This resulted in changing the whole Cambodian paradigm – the lifestyles and values of the people. However, not only has the society been undergoing change, Cambodian cities are growing, and infrastructure is developing rapidly. Building new facilities means the need for human resources. Although Cambodia has an abundant supply of low-level labor, it still needs to solve the problem of qualified resources especially in the field of management. These days the Cambodian labor market is especially concerned with acquiring construction industry professionals.
Even though the increasing foreign investment in Cambodian real estate has sparked developments in the construction sector, the qualified construction management staff is hard to find. This happens because foreign construction companies often pose higher expectations in terms of safety rules and building processes. The CM program at ParagonIU aims to address the shortage in the labor market by providing students with knowledge of the latest research trends in construction management. In this program, students learn how to organize and manage the construction process with a focus on safety and sustainability. More specifically, students receive professional knowledge of techniques, materials, equipment, scheduling, and cost estimation & BOQ. Additionally, CM students learn to provide environmentally sustainable planning and design solutions. Graduates of this program can help supply the urgent needs of the construction industry and its related fields.
What career pathways are open to graduates of the CM program?
The undergraduate education provided at ParagonIU gives graduating construction managers a fundamental understanding of all building systems. The breadth of technical knowledge includes a theoretical background in structural studies, mechanical studies, as well as practical experience in the areas of management, design, construction methods, and building operations. While some of the students graduating with the CM major take the path of construction or project management, others find themselves in the field of engineering. Additionally, professions related to building safety can be of interest to young professionals.
Generally, CM graduates can be employed as follows: