68 Fresh Graduates with the Support of the Lao-Australian National Scholarship Program (LANS)
In July 2019, with great pleasure and anticipation of their future achievement, Australia congratulates 68 fresh graduates. With the support of the Lao-Australian National Scholarship Program (LANS), 48 have graduated from the National University of Laos (NUOL) and 20 from Souphanouvong University (SU).
On 12 July 2019, a presentation ceremony was held at NUOL. In attendance were H.E. Mr Jean Bernard Carrasco, the Australian Ambassador to Lao PDR, Ms. Sophie Wilkinson, Second Secretary at the Australian Embassy in Laos and Associate Professor Dr. Houngphet Chanthavong, the Vice-President of the University.
At the same event, 23 teachers and the LANS Support Officer at NUOL also received certificates of achievement for their attendance in 10 Workshops of Soft Skills Curriculum Training from March 2018 – May 2019. The training, for introduction of a new curriculum in Job Readiness, Study Skills and Life Skills, is part of the LANS students’ Academic Support Program (ASP), was organised at both partnering universities to ensure consistent and high-quality teaching practice and mutual support.
Apart from students’ basic costs for tuition, living and study expenses, LANS awardees also received free courses, including English, IT, job readiness and other necessary life skills managed by the LANS Academic Support Program.
In addition, three trainings were organised from February through April 2019 at NUOL to support 24 students who are visually impaired. These trainings enable LANS teachers to provide learning and exam materials to students with visual impairment.
After graduating from the university, LANS alumni will continue to benefit from a larger network of support from the Lao Australia Alumni.
Since 2011, the LANS program has supported 586 students from remote and economically disadvantaged districts in Laos, including 44 students living with disabilities, to successfully undertake their Bachelor Degree studies at NUOL and SU. More than 260 students have completed their studies in the past four years. Currently, 205 students are still studying at NUOL and 81 at Souphanouvong University. In her address to the students Ms. Wilkinson commented that the skills, knowledge and qualifications that these students have gained will enable them to build their eligibility for future careers and further studies overseas.
For intake 2019, LANS are expected to be provided for up to 70 new Awardees. Around 50 scholarships will be available for students at NUOL, and 20 for Souphanouvong University in Luang Prabang. The program will continue to target priority disadvantaged districts (including ethnic groups), for studies in priority areas of study and people living with disability. Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year will open on September 2 and will close on September 30, 2019.