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.
Opportunity for University Study in Laos with an Australian Government Scholarship
Applications are now open for the 2017-18 Laos Australia National Scholarships (LANS), which supports students from disadvantaged backgrounds, including those with a disability, to complete a bachelor degree at the National University of Laos in Vientiane or Souphanouvong Univeristy in Luang Prabang.
A LANS scholarship covers a student’s tuition and living costs, and also includes a special academic support program to build study and life skills, and improve English language. Up to 70 scholarships are available for this year’s intake, with half or more available to women scholars. This year, the LANS program will also work closely with secondary education institutions to identify and support people with a disability entering tertiary study.
In announcing the opening of applications for this year’s LANS program, Ms Sophie Wilkinson, the Australian Embassy’s Second Secretary said “LANS focuses on talented students from remote communities and from disadvantaged backgrounds who might not always consider a university education because of the cost or other barriers. By improving their access to tertiary study, we aim to help Laos maximise the full potential of its vibrant, young population.”
Now in it’s seventh year, the LANS program is a significant part of Australia’s effort to strengthen human resources in Laos, ensuring economic growth and competitiveness. Over the last seven years, over 400 students have studied under this program at the National University of Laos and Souphanouvong University. Almost two hundered students have graduated so far and are now in the workforce or pursuing further study.
“LANS helped me to complete a bachelor degree from the National University of Laos, during which time I learned a lot of things including life skills and English skills. It really prepared me to be who I am right now and certainly for the future. The entire experience inspired me to constantly want to improve myself and eager to help other disadvantaged young students,”said Kiaher Yiachue, alumni of Laos Australia National Scholarships currently working for Institute of Asian Culture and Development (IACD).
Application forms can be obtained from the National University of Laos and Souphanouvong University or can be downloaded here