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52 New Australian NUol Scholarships

7 December 2016--The Australian Government has continued its long-standing support for education and human resource development in Laos with the award of another 52 scholarships for students from remote and disadvantaged districts to complete undergraduate degrees at the National University of Laos.  

The 52 awardees join over 280 other students currently pursuing undergraduate degrees through the Laos Australia National Scholarships program - the LANS program.
Another 20 scholarships were presented to students from northern Laos last month, who will complete their LANS degrees at Luang Prabang’s Souphanouvong University.  This year’s LANS intake come from 15 of Laos’ 17 provinces.

Australia’s Ambassador to the Lao PDR, John Williams, said the LANS program sought to provide a chance for high-performing high school leavers from regional Laos to complete quality university degrees.  

He said the LANS program, currently in it’s sixth year, covered not only tuition costs and living expenses, but a separate Academic Support Program to build study and life skills, including intensive English language training.

“Through LANS, Australia is delighted to be able to help young, talented Lao men and women from a number of provinces to gain the knowledge, skills and qualifications they need to build rewarding and productive careers,” Williams said.  

“The 52 new scholars, including 26 women, were selected from hundreds of school leavers entering the National University this year.  They are keen to pursue careers in science, education, law, business, agriculture and the environment – all areas vital for the economic development of Laos.”

“My hope is that in the future, LANS graduates will be able to compete and win selection for Australia Awards and other quality international scholarships programs to complete higher degrees overseas, and build even stronger skills in support of Laos’ development.”

The Australian Ambassador was joined at the awards ceremony by Ms Somchanh Bounphanmy, Vice President of National University of Laos.

Every year, Australia offers scholarships for around 75 students from remote districts for tertiary study at the National University and Souphanouvong University.  LANS covers tuition fees, a monthly stipend, home travel, extra tuition, and other university costs.

At the conferral ceremony, Ambassador Williams encouraged the LANS students to study hard, achieve good results and then aim to return and help their communities in their home provinces and districts.

Mr Zurbrugg was joined at the awards ceremony by Associate Professor Vixay Chansavang, Vice President of Souphanouvong University.

The next selection round for LANS scholarships in Vientiane and Luang Prabang starts in September 2017.  For more information please contact the Laos Australia Institute at 021 265721.