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NUoL to improve French curriculum

The National University of Laos (NUoL) plans to improve its French language curriculum next fiscal year in response to public and labour market demand.
The move comes after graduating French students from the university have been failing to find sufficient jobs in their chosen field for several years.
Vice President of NUoL, Associate Prof. Dr Phouth Simmalavong spoke recently to Lao media, following a seminar between the university and enterprises at the Vientiane French Speaking Digital Campus in Vientiane, on improvements to the curriculum to stimulate future graduate employment. 
He said the demand from private French companies in Laos for qualified students was increasing every year especially in the tourism and energy and mines sectors.
“The French language department under the Faculty of Letters of the NUoL will improve the curriculum focusing on assisting tourism to create jobs for newly graduated French students from this department,” he said.
Each year, the university has organised job fairs to reinforce employability for local graduates and to stimulate contacts between universities and enterprises to create partnerships.
At workshops between the university and Agence universitaire of La Francophonie (AUF) there have been calls to improve the curriculum aiming to strengthen the employability and professional insertion of the graduates, he added. 
Chief of the French Language Department under the Faculty of Letters, Mr Bountiem Phoummisith, said the NUoL was promoting the French language in a bid to have more francophone graduates in the country.
He said each year, the Department produced over 40 to 50 new graduates; however, only 10 percent of that number would be working with private French companies as employers said that many students’ language abilities were not up to standard yet.
The French language department’s latest moves are aimed to address the labour market concerns.
About 70 percent of students graduating from the department are working with private Lao companies in Vientiane and other provinces according to their choice.

By Phetphoxay  Sengpaseuth
(Latest Update December 7, 2017 )

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