Opportunity for University Study in Laos with an Australian Government Scholarship
Applications are now open for the 2017-18 Laos Australia National Scholarships (LANS)
Laos Australia National Scholarships
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.
The objectives of the LANS program are to:
- Support academically able female and male students from disadvantaged backgrounds to complete a degree program at a Laos public university;
- Help address the critical human resource needs in priority development sectors and areas in Laos; and
- Improve organisational capacity in the management of scholarships and provision of student services in the public universities in Laos.
Currently, there are around 260 students from four intakes enrolled at NUoL and 20 students from the first intake at Souphanouvong. A cohort of 63 students graduated from NUoL in 2015. As well as covering a range of student fees and stipends, LANS provides support for university administrations and the running of an Academic Support Program (ASP) through NUoL’s Faculty of Letters and Souphanouvong’s Faculty of Education. The program includes regular activities to strengthen university administration of scholarships and classroom teaching for the ASP.
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LANS in Laos
From the Village to the World
Ms Phaynalin Toummala received a LANS award in 2011 and has now completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the National University of Laos. “LANS not only gave me an opportunity to further my study, it made my life better and to be a better person,” she said.
Breaking the Poverty Cycle
Education is vitally important for lifting people out of poverty, and this is especially the case for young women. The Australian government, through the Laos Australia Institute, provides scholarships to over 280 young men and women from disadvantaged rural areas in Laos to attend university.
A Strong Determination Beats Poverty
Poverty stills keep some children in rural districts of Laos out of school, especially girls. There are many barriers to girls’ education. Some must work to help their families or stay home to take care of younger siblings. Other girls simply don’t have money for education.
A Young Woman’s Determination to Succeed
Aiher Saupor is determined to continue her education despite poverty and her parents’ disapproval. “I have seen my parents working so hard in the field and they still live in poverty. That’s why I don’t want to be the same. I wanted to study and get a job,” says the 22 year old from Houn district in Oudomxay Province.