By Phetsamone Chandala
Some 6,600 students who graduated from the National University of Laos (NUOL) yesterday are ready to serve society and contribute to national development.
The new graduates included 412 students at the higher education level and 5,868 at the bachelor degree level, while 298 completed master’s degrees and 73 students were rewarded with “Red Certificates” in recognition of excellent academic performance.
NUOL President Professor Dr Soukkongseng Xaignaleuth presented certificates to the 6,600 new graduates at the presentation ceremony yesterday. It was the 11th batch of graduates from the NUOL since the university commenced teaching in the 1995-96 academic year.
Minister to the Government’s Office Professor Dr Bountiem Phissamay, relevant officials, teachers and more than relatives and friends of graduating students attended the event.
Speaking at the ceremony, Dr Soukkongseng said although the university faced many difficulties and challenges in the 2010-11 academic year, under the leadership of the Ministry of Education and Sport, the lecturers and students at the university were able to get past the obstacles they faced.
The university produces professionals in many areas, who have expert knowledge in their fields of study, Dr Soukkongseng said. “These graduates, including officials, technicians and administrators, are ready to serve our society and help progress the country’s development.”
Dr Soukkongseng told the new graduates that “as we know, globalisation is a competitive era where intellectual knowledge is critical to the socio-economic development of a country.”
Because of that, he said, Party and state leaders must pay close attention, have policies and set strategic plans to develop human resources and lift socio-economic indicators to progress forward and eradicate poverty among Lao people so that the country can escape from least developed nation status by 2020.
“To achieve the goal, one of the main factors is human resource development, in particular construction and training, to enhance knowledge in many sectors for officials to respond to the demands of development,” he said.
Dr Soukkongseng said basic education starts with the family and then depends on social and education institutions, both government and private. NUOL is an education institute that produces intelligent and well-rounded people to serve society and respond to the skills demands of sectors around the country.
He said graduation is just the first success after completing university study. He said that university ensures they have a basic knowledge of relevant theories, but graduates would need to develop new skills to work effectively in practical situations. Additionally, graduates should continue developing their skills and enhancing their knowledge while working to prepare themselves for future challenges, he said.
“If graduates have knowledge and ability but don’t use it beneficially, it has no meaning; so all of the graduates should continue to learn about Party policy, comprehend the resolution of the 9th Party Congress on the ‘four breakthrough approaches’, and pay attention to training yourselves in the workplace to ensure the knowledge that you learned will have great value to your country and society,” Dr Soukkongseng told the graduating students.