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LANS Intake 2019-2020

  1. LANS applications will open from 2 to 30 September 2019.
  2. The Government of Australia invites Lao students who have been newly accepted into the National University of Laos and the Souphanouvong University to apply for a LANS scholarship.
  3. Applications are strongly encouraged from women, ethnic minority groups and people with disability.


Australia celebrates ongoing ties with Lao PDR


LAI Alumni Friendship Dinner


Australia and Laos have a long history of close cooperation, and this month the two countries celebrated a number of significant milestones in their relationship with a special Friendship Dinner for around 50 senior government, private sector and non-government Australian alumni in Vientiane, including H.E. Mr Saleumxay Kommasith, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and H.E. Mme Sengdeuane Lachanthaboun, Minister of Education and Sports.

2019 marks the 67th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Lao PDR and Australia, as well as the 25th anniversary of the opening of the first Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge funded by Australia, and the 45th anniversary of Australia becoming ASEAN’s first dialogue partner. This is also the year of Australia Now ASEAN 2019 – Australia’s campaign to promote better understanding between Australia and our closest neighbours.

Significantly, this year is also the 65th anniversary of Australia providing scholarships to Laos. Since 1954, more than two thousand alumni have returned to Laos after studying in Australia under long-term scholarships, short courses or private study. These alumni play a pivotal role in the longstanding and productive relationship between the two countries, by providing a bridge of mutual understanding and contributing to shaping the future of Laos.

The Australian Government is a long-term partner for human resource development in Laos, with annual Australia Awards Scholarships for Lao professionals and other scholarships and training in the defense, agriculture, education, and home affairs sectors.

The Australian Embassy also supports a program of engagement for alumni on return, including an annual Australian alumni celebration planned for December 2019. The Australian Embassy welcomes feedback from Australian alumni on engagement with the Australian Government, to continually improve opportunities for Australian alumni in Laos.

68 Fresh Graduates with the Support of the Lao-Australian National Scholarship Program (LANS)  

fresh graduates


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.

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