Over 50 representatives of educational institutes and business community met at National University of Laos Dong Dok Campus on Nov 29 to discuss potential labour markets for new graduates.
At the workshop, representatives of business and cultural domain highlighted areas most needing jobseekers or graduates in order to encourage students to enrol or take on subjects that are most needed by labour markets ensuring their opportunity to employment.
The Agence universitaire of La Francophonie (AUF), the Ministry of Education and Sports (MES), the National University of Laos (NUOL), and the Lao Chamber of Commerce and Industry were also represented at the meeting.
Promoting dialogue between universities and socio-professional domain to strengthen employability and professional insertion of graduates from high educational institutions is in the very heart of the AUF strategy. Indeed, the Agency and its member academic institutions, including the National University of Laos, understood that it is now urgent that universities play their part in the social and economic development of their country, said Vice President of the National University of Laos Phout Simmalavong.
This is why the AUF and its partners decided to launch the first step in the process of opening a strong dialogue between the academic world and the private sector. This dialog seems important in order for the offer of training programs for student to fit with the needs of the private sector and the employment market, said Mr Phout.
Today, Laos is at a turning point of its history, said Julie EL Moutaoukil Rousseau, Head of the AUF offices in Laos. Today Laos is a strong part of the ASEAN and with the competition caused by that membership, it is very important to make sure that academic training offered by Lao Universities fits the needs of the private sector both locally and regionally.
The first part of the seminar was dedicated to information sharing to draw a state of play of the fitting of the trainings offered with needs of the employment market in Laos. The second part dealt with the share of experiences in the project implementation, with the participation of experts from member universities of the AUF in the region, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Paris and the Lao National Institute for Tourism and Hospitality (LANITH).
The day ended with round tables that allowed the participants to talk about the different means to reinforce employability for Lao graduates and to stimulate contacts to create partnerships between universities and enterprises.
A lot of the public institutions affected by these questions attended the event, such as the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism.
Source: Lao News Agency