Laos, Thailand extend cooperation on education

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - The governments of Laos and Thailand will continue their cooperation in education and human resource development to further bolster their friendly relations.

This was the message delivered during a meeting between a delegation from the Thai Embassy to Laos, led by the Thai Ambassador Mr Kietikul Charpasith, and Laos’ Minister of Education and Sports, Mrs Sengdeuane Lachanthaboun.

The two sides met to discuss their countries’ cooperation, as well as bid farewell to Ambassador Kietikul at the end of his mission in Laos.

The Lao and Thai governments have drafted bilateral cooperation plans for 2020-2022, under which the Thai government will provide 30 scholarships each year for Laos’ Ministry of Education and Sports to distribute to students and officials.

These scholarships will support students in various fields within their programmes for master’s and doctorate degrees.

The Thai government has also provided training courses on management, vocational subjects, sports, IT and art education for teachers under the Ministry of Education and Sports.

The meeting highlighted past cooperation in education and sports between Laos and Thailand, with nine projects having been completed or in progress.

Three of the completed projects comprised an international master’s programme development project at the National University of Laos, and agricultural capacity development and business administration programme development projects at the University of Champassak.

In addition, projects on information and communication technology use for distance education, secondary school construction in Huaphan province, and education management institute development were completed.

The three ongoing projects consist of a physical education college development project, human resource development in sports, and vocational education college development in Vientiane and the provinces of Vientiane, Luang Prabang and Xekong.

According to the Ministry of Education and Sports, more than 2,000 Lao nationals were studying in foreign countries in 2018. Some had received government-funded scholarships and exchange scholarships while others were financing their own tuition.

Most Lao students were taking courses in China, Vietnam, Thailand, Japan and South Korea. As many as 100 people took courses in Thailand in 2018.

The number of Lao students and officials studying in foreign countries rose from 5,042 in 2016 to 6,160 in 2017. More Lao nationals are studying in other countries and several countries provide scholarships each year.

In some cases, families pay for their children to study overseas with more students self-financing now, according to the ministry.



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