For years, ACLEDA Bank recruited the largest number of college graduates in Cambodia. As the demand for skilled professionals began to outpace the supply of graduates, ACLEDA Bank decided to build their own business school to address the shortage of higher education institutions. Today, the ACLEDA Institute of Business offers Associate, Bachelor and Master-degree levels for over 3,000 students the fields of business, banking and finance. The school also provides training to over 3,000 additional participants. Students at the ACLEDA Institute of Business study subjects such as micro small and medium enterprise (MSME) lending, financial planning, loan management and more.
ACLEDA Bank also believes that investing in education must be done responsibly. The green campus, which consists of three education buildings, administrative offices, a library and a dormitory, are resource-efficient, allowing for a reduced carbon footprint and lower operational costs. The campus uses less energy and water with features like energy-efficient air-conditioning and a black water treatment recycling system. Construction materials such as cored bricks for walls also reduce the embodied energy in materials.
ACLEDA Bank was first established as a locally owned, non-profit organization that helped rural entrepreneurs gain financing. The bank now employs over 12,000 employees and has more than 250 branches that provide financing to mostly microfinance borrowers and MSMEs. From lending to entrepreneurs to educating its country’s future professionals, ACLEDA Bank is dedicated to the sustainable development of Cambodia. The ACLEDA Institute of Business has received final EDGE certification from thinkstep-SGS.