40 Scholarship Students Bound for Australia
Australia’s Ambassador today farewelled the latest 40 high-achieving Lao men and women who have received Australia Awards scholarships to study at Australian universities starting in 2018.
Lao Disabled People’s Association staff discussing their capacity building plan
The Laos Australia Institute (LAI) is a partnership between the governments of Australia and Laos, created with the broad aim of improving the skills and capacity both at an individual and organisational level within priority economic and social services fields in order to ensure the on-going economic development of Laos.
Despite steady economic growth since the 1990s, Laos remains one of the poorest countries within its region. Over a quarter of its people live beneath the US$1 poverty line, with many more just above it.
The rapid transition to a market economy, along with an increased demand for natural resources and other factors, have resulted in education and training systems falling behind demand, and leaving a number of challenges, including the lack of human resources required for growth.
The Laos Australia Institute, in cooperation with key government agencies and other organisations, aims to resolve many of those challenges, and meet the development challenges of the twenty-first century.
The Laos Australia Institute works closely with the Ministry of Education and Sports, the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Lao National Commission for the Advancement of Women and the Lao Disabled People’s Association. The Laos Australia Institute also works with the Human Resource Development National Commission, the National Assembly and the Institute of Foreign Affairs.
Over the next four years, the Laos Australia Institute will: