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University Needs to Raise Standards: PM

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The National University of Laos should set its sights on national development, especially in terms of the quality of the graduates it is producing, as they are fundamental to the nation’s progress.

The university is only in the initial stages of its success. There is still a crucial need for well qualified, capable and experienced staff and administrators, to participate in national development, so that Laos will become a modern and civilised nation.

Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith made this statement yesterday to mark the 20th anniversary of the university (5/11/1996-5/11/2016), the country’s major institute for advanced education.

Mr. Thongloun said the Party and government have a strategic plan for socio-economic development from now until the year 2020, which aims to raise Laos out of the UN’s list of least developed countries.

To further develop the country and accomplish this objective, one of the main areas of development must be human resources. Everybody has to try hard and keep on training to deal with the reality of the situation. We should all devote ourselves to serve the country as needed, he said.

I strongly believe that all of you will be ready to further educate yourselves to be the next generation of workers for our Party and state, with a firm political ideology, faithful to the nation, capable, serious and creative, in order to succeed in your assigned tasks.

Acting President of the National University of Laos, Prof. Dr Somsy Gnophanxay, also gave a presentation reflecting on the 20 years of the institution’s success in accordance with its plans.

He congratulated teachers and students on their accomplishments in curriculum development, teaching and learning activities, scientific research, staff development, infrastructure building, internal and international curriculums, and intellectual performance.

In 2015-16, the university had 1,981 staff, including teachers and administrators, while 21,535 students were taking courses in 12 faculties.

Fully 699 students come from Cambodia, China, Cuba, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mongolia, Myanmar, Turkey and Vietnam.

The purpose of the anniversary celebration is to mark the significant historical achievements of the institution over the past decade, and to recognise the contribution of leading officials from the university and the Ministry of Education and Sports.

The ceremony to celebrate the 20-year anniversary was full of good cheer, and was attended by the Minister of Education and Sports Ms Sengdeuane Lachanthaboun, Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Prof. Dr Bosengkham Vongdara and other invited guests

Source: Vientiane Times