A ceremony was held on Thursday, Aug 24, to congratulate 30 Lao young people granted the Australian government scholarship.
Australia has built further on its investment of over five decades in Laos’ human resource development needs with the award of 30 new tertiary scholarships.
The Australia Awards scholarships allow high achieving Lao women and men from the public and private sectors to undertake specialized, mostly higher degree courses at Australian universities.
The 30 awardees-15 women and 15 men � will study subjects as IT, education, pharmaceutical science, environment, disabilities studies, engineering and international development.
The government of Australia has actively contributed to the development of human resources in the Lao PDR by providing scholarships each year to students, teachers and civil servants to study in Australia in different disciplines essential for the Lao PDR, said Minister of Education and Sports, Mrs Sengdeuane Lachanthaboune.
She said that Lao students have studied in Australia for over 50 years, and there are over 1,200 Australian-trained alumni in the Lao PDR, with many now working at senior levels of the government, in teaching and research, or becoming successful entrepreneurs and business people.
These Australia Awards scholarships carry extra significance this year, as we celebrate the 65th anniversary of Laos-Australia diplomatic relations, said Australian Minister for Defence Marise Payne.
The award recipients would develop the skills and knowledge to drive positive change on their return to Laos, and help build enduring people-to�people links with Australia, said Marise Payne.
These scholarships will also help develop professional networks of contract and greater two-way understanding between our two countries, added Marise Payne.
Ms Chayphet Phanthakesone, a Prosthetist and Orthopist Supervisor from Champassak Rehabilitation Centre and one of the awardees, plans to continue her master’s degree in Disabilities Studies at Flinders University in Adelaide.
Source: Lao News Agency