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Vietnam extends scholarship programme

The Vietnamese government is continuing its support programme by providing 1,273 scholarships for Lao students and officials to study in Laos and Vietnam this year.
The details were revealed in an official report tabled at a meeting in Vientiane yesterday to highlight achievements in cooperation and propose future plans between the Lao Ministry of Education and Sports and Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training.
The meeting was attended by Deputy Minister of Education and Sports, Associate Prof. Dr Kongsy Sengmany.
Deputy Director General of the Student Affairs Department, Ministry of Education and Sports, Dr Vongphachanh Vilayhome, said the 1,273 scholarships comprised 538 bachelor scholarships, 202 for master’s programmes, 32 for doctoral programmes, and 501 scholarships for short term-training courses.
These scholarships support students in various fields, including politics and governance, national defence and public security, and science and technology.
In addition, scholarships for bachelor degree programmes have been provided to universities in Vientiane and the provinces of Luang Prabang, Savannakhet and Champassak, as well as to schools supported by the Vietnamese government.
For master’s and doctoral degrees, scholarship hopefuls can apply through various channels and are encouraged to monitor the Student Affairs Department website: www.dsa.moe.gov.la.
This website gives the details of foreign scholarships, of which there are many available for the general public and officials at several ministries.
According to the department, 2,291 Lao nationals were studying in 27 countries from January to September 2018. Some 1,980 of these received various government-funded scholarships and exchange scholarships while 311 people paid for their own tuition.
Most Lao students took courses in China, Vietnam, Thailand, Japan and South Korea. A total of 1,102 Lao nationals took courses in China during the first nine months of 2018, which is fewer than the 1,792 people who went there in 2017.
Some 888 students studied in Vietnam in the first nine months of 2018, while 3,890 people studied there in 2017.
A total of 89 people took courses in Thailand in the first nine months of 2018 while 152 people went there in 2017.
The number of Lao students and officials studying in foreign countries increased from 5,042 in 2016 to 6,160 in 2017.
More Lao nationals are studying in other countries and several countries have generously provided scholarships each year.
In some cases, families pay for their children to study overseas with more students self-financing now, according to the Student Affairs Department.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update March 14, 2019)

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