Seventy-two students have completed their bachelor’s degrees at the National University of Laos after four years of support by the Laos Australia National Scholarships (LANS) programme.
Deputy Head of Mission of the Australian Embassy to Laos Andreas Zurbrugg congratulated the fresh graduates on June 21 at the National University of Laos, Vientiane Capital.
The graduate students were from underprivileged backgrounds in districts in the northern provinces of Luang Prabang, Luang Namtha, Oudomxay, Huaphan and Xieng Khuang.
These new graduates are now ready to make a contribution in fields vital to Laos’ socio-economic development: education, law, science, agriculture and the environment.
Jenchila Inthasakda, a student from the Mass Communications course at the Faculty of Letters said that apart from financial support, LANS gave them opportunities to do additional study and learn life skills, along with English.
The Academic Support Programme has been very useful for me to adapt to the new environment at university. Look out, you might find these familiar faces at your next job interview, she said.
The LANS scholarship covered all fees and provided a living allowance for the duration of the course, as well as an academic support programme to expand their skills and help them to make the most of their potential.
The LANS programme focuses on talented students from remote communities and disadvantaged backgrounds. Australia is helping to ensure that Laos is able to tap into the full potential of its vibrant, young population.
Source: Lao News Agency