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NUOL students win youth innovation awards

Six students from the National University of Laos have received awards for projects submitted to the Youth Innovation Competition on Lantsang-Mekong Region's Governance and Development (YICMG).

The teams picked up the Best Project Incubation Award and Best Innovative Team Award.

The first team comprised Ms Thipsavanh Silakoon, Mr Xaypasa Rassavong, and Ms Lacksany Phongphane, from the Faculty of Economics and Business Management, Faculty of Environment, and Faculty of Sciences.

The second team comprised Mr Vansy Phenthajaim, Mr Santisouk Lathdavong and Ms Sengtavanh Duangphachanh, from the Faculty of Sciences, Faculty of Forestry, and Faculty of Social Sciences.

The competition, running from January 12-16 in Nanning, Guangxi, China, was jointly organised by Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Fudan University, Shanghai International Culture Association, Guangxi University of Finance and Economics, Guangxi International Cultural Exchange Centre and Kingswel Co., Ltd.

The competition theme for this year was “Climate Change and Cooperation for Disaster Reduction” while next year's competition theme is “The Development of Tourism and Other Green Industries”.

The YICMG is designed for universities and students in the Mekong Sub-region, offering chances to broaden students' international vision and enhance their knowledge of global governance. YICMG encourages students to deal with specific issues and cases in this region, based on multinational teams.

The competition aims to foster cultural exchange while taking into consideration regional economic growth and environmental protection. YICMG tries to integrate regional governance into youth participation, innovation and growth. In the final round of the competition, the international academic committee, whose members came from China, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar, chose 16 teams from six countries, including two teams from Laos for final project presentation and improvement.

The two projects from Laos were “Anti-Evaporation Bamboo Raft”, which won the Best Project Incubation Award, and “Utilization of Pandan Leaves to Reduce Eutrophication Effect”, which won the Best Innovative Team Award. Vice President of the National University of Laos, Associate Professor Doctor Phout Simmalavong, was team leader, and Associate Prof. Dr Phosy Chanhming and Associate Prof. Dr Lavanh Vongkhamsane were experts from Laos acting as international judging committee members.

In last year's competition, the two projects entered by students from the National University of Laos were “Utilisation of Banana Trees for Community Waste Water Treatment”, which won the Most Innovation Award, and “Forest Conservation for Sustainable Water Project”, which won Best Project Improvement Award.

The competition serves as a channel for intercultural communication and also as a functional mechanism for youth innovation and entrepreneurship.

By Khonesavanh Latsaphao
(Latest Update
January 19,

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