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.
Scholarships and Training
Human Resource Professionals Graduate with Australian Qualification
The Laos Australia Institute manages different types of scholarships and training:
1. Australia Awards Scholarships
Australia Awards Scholarships comprise study in Australia for a formal academic or vocational qualification. There are currently 30 places available annually to Laos in two categories: the Public category (for government officials) and the Open category (for anyone who meets the selection criteria). Scholarship Preparation Programs and English for Academic Purposes are provided for Australia Awards recipients to prepare students with necessary skills and understandings for living and studying successfully in Australia. For more information about the Australia Awards in Laos, please visit: www.australiaawardslaos.org
2. Laos Australia National Scholarships (LANS)
The LANS scheme offers domestic university level scholarships in order to improve access to tertiary study for disadvantaged students, in line with social inclusion and education objectives of the Australian aid program. The scheme originally ran from 1997 to 2009, and was then redesigned, with the new program starting in 2011 with an intake of 70 students at the National University of Laos (NUoL) in Vientiane. In 2015, the program was extended to include Souphanouvong University in Luang Prabang. (Read more)
3. Disability Inclusive Development English Language Program (DID)
DID started in 2017 and offers the opportunity for people living with a disability or working on behalf of people with disability to upgrade their English language skills. It is delivered in partnership with with Vientiane College and is designed specifically to accommodate people with a disability. There are 18 candidates undertaking the Englih language training aimed at improving English skills in the workplace and focussing on reading, writing and speaking. (Read more to DID page with profile stories of DID, group photos)
4. Women’s Leadership Programs
Evaluations of scholarships and analytical work undertaken by the Laos Australia Institute (LAI) strongly recommends that women’s leadership be more integrated into scholarships and that Australia consider investing more in returned graduates, especially women. This investment in returned and mid-career female alumni and their organisations will result in better use facilitate change processes within partner organisations. In 2017, the Investing in Women’s Leadership in Laos program commenced, consisting of an Executive Development component for senior women from the public and private sectors, and an Australian TAFE course and qualification in job skills (The Next Generation) for female LANS graduates. Both components are delivered in country: the Executive Development Program is delivered by the University of Sydney while The Next Generation program is delivered by Queensland University of Technology and TAFE Queensland.
5. Competency Based Training
The Competency Based Training for Human Resource Professionals Pilot program trains 30 Lao nationals from MOES and MOHA in basic and advanced human resource management. The courses run for a period of 18 months and are delivered in country. Participants will undertake an Australian accredited training program and receive an appropriate qualification. Delivery of the programs is in Lao, using the Lao language and be workplace based. Delivery of courses and assessment of competencies is undertaken by the Canberra Institute of Technology.