Laos - Tourism and Hospitality students to study in Ireland
The students will undertake a higher certificate course in culinary and hospitality studies at the Dublin Institute of Technology. An internship in Ireland’s buoyant tourism sector will form an integral part of the programme ensuring that the participants return to Lao with the knowledge, skills and English language proficiency demanded by Lao’s growing tourism sector. On their return, the students will take up positions as Teaching Assistants at the Lao National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality (LANITH). Since 2013, this will bring the total of eight students from Lao PDR that have completed higher certificate courses in culinary and hospitality studies in Ireland in collaboration with the Embassy of Ireland in Hanoi, Irish Aid partnership programme.
Project LAO/029 - Skills for Tourism bid farewell to two tourism and hospitality students from Laos who are furthering their studies in Ireland
Welcoming the initiative Mr. Nouphanh Outsa, Director General of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Department, Ministry of Education and Sports said, “Education plays a crucial role in the development of any country. By providing scholarships for European higher education opportunities, we are supporting these young Laotians to develop their skills set, improve their language skills and contribute to the development of the country”. He added, “returning to work as teaching assistants in LANITH ensures the transfer of skills and knowledge to another generation of Lao tourism and hospitality students, improving the quality of their education”.
“The Government of Luxembourg is very pleased to continue its support for overseas study opportunities for young Lao students. The impact of study abroad on a student’s personal, professional, and academic life shows that it positively and unequivocally influences the career path, world-view, and self-confidence of students. This initiative allows tourism and hospitality students acquire valuable skills and knowledge which on their return they transfer to many Lao students in their role as tourism and hospitality teachers in TVET”, said Mr. Claude Jentgen, Chargé d’Affaires, Embassy of Luxembourg in Lao PDR.
“Tourism is a rapidly growing, place-dependent activity that offers enormous opportunities to boost inclusive economic growth in Lao PDR. It offers potential to increase national income and generate employment for local people, including a growing number of young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds,” remarked Mrs. Barbara Jäggi Hasler, Deputy Director of Cooperation, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in Lao PDR. She added, “Studying abroad grants you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a new language, and there is no better way to learn than to dive right in”.
The 15 million EUR Skills for Tourism project – implemented by the Luxembourg Development Cooperation Agency (LuxDev) and the Ministry of Education and Sports – improves vocational education and skills development for the tourism/hospitality sector. The project is aligned with the Government of Lao PDR’s 8th National Socio-Economic Development Plan and the country’s vision for Techincal and Vocational Education and Training – the development of a labor force linked to national and provincial socio-economic development in key sectors including tourism, as well as ASEAN and international integration.