National University of Laos
By responding to the Government policy towards socio-economic development plan to moving step forward approaching regionally and internationally bench marking; there is indeed a need to reform national education system throughout its Human Resources Development Hence, national education policy has been set up. To bring in the national education policy into reality; the ideal for rationalizing all higher education institutions to meet the same standard has been seriously taken into account. Therefore, National University of Laos (here in after referred to as NUOL) has came about as a result of merging 9 higher education institutions together in November 1995 including former University of Pedagogy DongDok, University of Polytechnic, University of Health Sciences, School of Agriculture Nabong, School of Forestry Dong Dok, School of Irrigation Tad Tong, School of Architecture, School of Communication and Transport, and School of Electronic Lao-Germany. All these higher institutions and Universities were previously operated under different ministries whereas its current situation is under the umbrella of the Ministry of Education.
Since its unification to NUOL, the first started academic year has been taken place on the 5th November 1996. Since its opening with 9 founding faculties including School of Foundation Studies; NUOL has continued to augment its organization structure with regard to premises, faculties, centers, offices, the range of program offered; and student enrollment.
Today NUOL has 11 faculties, 7 centers and central library operating in different campuses where Dong Dok is the head quarter and the office of the president. Very recently, the government of Laos has seen the importance of training qualified health physicians to serve the needs of the nation and hence endorsed a decree assigning Setthathirath hospital to be the university hospital.
Progress always starts with a vision, a plan for moving forward. This plan represents a new and exciting path for the future. For NUOL, it will have a unique leadership position and become the most prestigious education and research institution in higher education in the Lao P.D.R. The university is continually adding new faculties and academic programs, all while retaining and remaining grounded in its strong mission. Our graduate will be among the most sought after by the world best employews and will become leaders in their communities and accomplished professionals in their chosen work. It will lead the country to a dynamic knowlege of economy, and our research, widely known for its multidisciplinary programs, will help solve the most challenging social, cultural, technical, and health-related problems in our country. With a wide and miscellaneous range of the university activities, the interpretation of the university unique tasks, and the historically, socially, and culturally, constituted style, NUOL will be a place to advance the wellbeing of the people of Laos and the global community through the creation and dissemination of knowledge, and accordingly recognized by the world universities.