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National University of Laos

National University of Laos
Established October 1996
Type Public
President Prof. Dr. Soukkongseng SAIGNALEUTH
Students 26,673 (SY 2005-06)
Location Vientiane, Lao PDR
Campus 8 campuses, both urban & rural
Nickname NUOL

National University of Laos (NUOL) is the leading university in Vientiane, the capital of Laos. Founded in 1996, with departments brought in from other existing colleges, it is the only national university in the country. The NUOL accepts top students from all over Laos, along with a few international students. National University of Laos is cooperating with various international universities, especially from Japan.

The university is a partner of the Greater Mekong Sub-region Academic and Research Network (GMSARN) and ASEAN University Network (AUN).


  • History 1
  • Academics 2
    • Faculties 2.1
  • Publications 3
  • Membership in organizations 4
  • Foreign cooperation and consortia 5
  • See also 6
  • External links 7


The National University of Laos (NUOL) was officially established by merging the existing higher education institutes which were under the supervision of several ministries into one university under the Ministry of Education in accordance to the Decree Number 50/PM of the prime minister of the Lao PDR dated 9 June 1995. NUOL is a multi-campus structure, with eight campuses including Done Koy campus (Sethathiraj Hospital) scattered within a 30-km radius of Vientiane. NUOL has eleven faculties, a School of Foundation Studies, a Central Library, six centers and a small hospital to care Sibosibe President.

Since its establishment, NUOL has played important roles as indicated in its missions in providing higher education in areas required by the socio-economic development of Lao PDR; promoting and performing research in natural and social sciences; preserving and expanding the arts, culture and traditions of the multi-ethnic nation; and providing academic services to the society. NUOL is the most dynamic university in the Lao PDR in terms of human resources development for the country. It is well known for its diversity programs in Bachelor degrees; some Master degree programs are conducted in its academic disciplines, and it is preparing for Doctoral degree programs in the near future.

Since the opening of its first academic year on 5 November 1996, the number of students has increased dramatically from 8,053 (including 2,170 females) to more than 26,000 in the academic years of 2005-2006. At present, NUOL is accepted as one of the main and important public organization in the Lao PDR; it employs 1,884 teaching and administrative staff (862 are female).

To accomplish its missions, the development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is considered to be the key factor in gaining access to the outside world and promoting the effective development of other duties of the university. The application of computerization in the academic and administrative work of NUOL has been increased: From its establishment of less than 100 sets to 1,000 sets at present time, 560 of which are hooked up with the internet system.

Those ICT facilities are widely used systematically in its curricula, the teaching-learning activities and the training courses. They are able to assist teachers and students to have more opportunities to get access to the modern technology which plays important roles as a means of teaching-learning, conducting a research and performing administrative work. The IT Center of NUOL is in the process of upgrading its ICT system in line with the First Development Plan, academic year 2004-2005. The next Development Plan (2005-2010) was under its preparation process, which includes key issues such as the development of the network; Internet services; the application of the ICT technology in the teaching-learning activities, research activity as well as the planning and management NUOL.

The development of ICT and the telecommunication of NUOL is still in its initial stage, and there are many things that have to be improved. It crucially needs the academic supports and financial assistance from all related parties within and outside NUOL.



Campus of Luang Prabang
  • Faculty of Forestry
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Natural Sciences (FNS)
  • Faculty of Letters
  • Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
  • Faculty of Agriculture
  • Faculty of Laws and Political Sciences
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Architecture
  • Faculty of Environment and Development Studies


Membership in organizations

Foreign cooperation and consortia

See also

External links

  • National University of Laos
  • Laos Cultural Profile (Ministry of Information and Culture/Visiting Arts)
  • - complete cultural info.
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lao P.D.R.
  • newspaperofficialVientiane Times: the
  • KPL Daily News Lao News Agency

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