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Australia provides 50 new scholarships for Lao provincial students

12 November 2015--Fifty students from remote and disadvantaged districts have today been awarded scholarships by Australia for study at the National University of Laos. 

In making the awards, Ambassador John Williams, said “These students now join over 250 other scholarship holders pursuing undergraduate degrees under the Laos Australia National Scholarships Program, which we call LANS”.

Ambassador Williams noted that the LANS program, now in its fifth year, was an important part of Australia’s support to strengthen Lao PDR’s human resources.

“Australia is delighted to be able to help young, talented Lao students from disadvantaged backgrounds to gain the knowledge, skills and qualifications they need to build rewarding and productive careers,” he added.  “These 50 awardees, including 25 young women, were selected from hundreds of high-achieving applicants keen to pursue careers in education, science, business, agriculture and the environment – all areas vital for the Lao PDR’s economic development.”

Ambassador Williams was joined at the awards ceremony by Associate Professor Phut Simmalavong, Vice President of the National University of Laos.

Every year, Australia offers scholarships for around seventy students from remote districts for tertiary study.  This year the Australian Government has extended the program to include where 20 scholarships will offered at Souphanouvong University in Luang Prabang province.

The next round will start in September 2016 and students are invited to apply. For more information contact Vientiane College at 021 416837 or Laos Australia Institute at 021 265721.