Lao People's Democratic Republic: Strengthening Higher Education Project

Sovereign Project | 42134-012

Summary

In line with SEDP6 strategies and priorities, the Lao Country Strategy and Program (CSP) (2007-2010) aims to assist Lao PDR in (i) promoting pro-poor, sustainable growth; (ii) fostering inclusive social development; and (iii) addressing priority governance issues. Through the pursuit of the strategic pillars of the Regional Cooperation Strategy and Program 2007-2009, Lao PDR, being strategically located in the economic corridors of the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS), is playing a key role in strengthening connectivity and facilitating cross-border movement and tourism in the GMS. In the CSP, ADB emphasizes that continuing investments in basic education need to be matched with a gradual shift toward strengthening the lower secondary and upper secondary sector and that, as school education continues to expand, demand will grow for better vocational and higher education.

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Project Name Strengthening Higher Education Project
Project Number 42134-012
Country Lao People's Democratic Republic
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7124-LAO: Strengthening Higher Education Project
Japan Special Fund US$ 600,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector Education - Tertiary
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy In line with SEDP6 strategies and priorities, the Lao Country Strategy and Program (CSP) (2007-2010) aims to assist Lao PDR in (i) promoting pro-poor, sustainable growth; (ii) fostering inclusive social development; and (iii) addressing priority governance issues. Through the pursuit of the strategic pillars of the Regional Cooperation Strategy and Program 2007-2009, Lao PDR, being strategically located in the economic corridors of the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS), is playing a key role in strengthening connectivity and facilitating cross-border movement and tourism in the GMS. In the CSP, ADB emphasizes that continuing investments in basic education need to be matched with a gradual shift toward strengthening the lower secondary and upper secondary sector and that, as school education continues to expand, demand will grow for better vocational and higher education. Although fully cognizant of the need to strengthen basic education, ADB shares the Government?s concern with the need for balanced education sector development and gradual expansion of access to higher education to meet the demand for greater educational attainment. ADB is providing advisory technical assistance to help the MOE develop a comprehensive plan for the education sector (with its extension to be cofinanced by AusAID), and it is necessary to ensure the linkage between the development of higher education and the education sector development framework.
Impact The impact of the TA will be increased access to, improved quality and relevance of, and strengthened capacity of administration and management in higher education.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome The outcome will be an agreed-upon project design suitable for ADB financing that aims to strengthen the higher education system, focusing on National University of Laos (NUOL), Souphanouvong University (SU), Champasak University (CU), and other key higher education institutions (HEIs) to help them reach regional and international standards in quality, relevance, attractiveness, and competitiveness.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs The main outputs will be (i) an analysis of the higher education sector including the relevance of postsecondary education to the labor market; (ii) a proposal for the coherent policy, strategies, and regulatory framework for higher education; (iii) an outline of the master plan for developing higher education for 2010-2020; (iv) a project outline that addresses key sector constraints and issues, including arrangements for project management and implementation; and (v) a detailed design for the proposed project in line with the Government's policy and strategies and ADB requirements.
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples B
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services A consulting firm was engaged consisting of a team of 8 international consultants for 19 person-months and 11 national consultants for 32 person-months who provided expertise in (i) strategic planning and management; (ii) university governance, financing, and quality assurance; (iii) university campus, facilities, and laboratory development; (iv) university human resource and capacity development; (v) curriculum development and academic design; (vi) economic and financial analyses/management, and project costing; (vii) procurement; (viii) social development; (ix) resettlement; and (x) environmental assessment. ADB selected and engaged consultants through a firm, in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2007, as amended from time to time). The simplified technical proposal and quality- and cost-based selection method with standard quality-cost ratio of 80:20 was used. The consultants were mobilized in December 2008. The Final Report was prepared in August 2009 and submitted to ADB.
Responsible ADB Officer Yasushi Hirosato
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Education_and SportsMr. Sengsomphone Viravouthsengsomphone@yahoo.comDepartment of Planning and Cooperation P.O. Box 67 Lane Xang Avenue, Ban Sisaket Vientiane, Lao PDR
Timetable
Concept Clearance 13 Jun 2008
Fact Finding 17 Jun 2008 to 26 Jun 2008
MRM -
Approval 10 Sep 2008
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 21 Jul 2008
Last PDS Update 15 Jan 2010

TA 7124-LAO

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
10 Sep 2008 10 Oct 2008 10 Oct 2008 30 Jun 2009 30 Nov 2009 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
600,000.00 0.00 120,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 720,000.00 10 Sep 2008 556,158.48

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