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.
|Project Name||Strengthening Higher Education Project|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Education - Tertiary
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||No gender elements|
|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.|
|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|
|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)|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|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||Hirosato, Yasushi|
|Responsible ADB Department||Southeast Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Human and Social Development Division, SERD|
Ministry of Education and Sports
Mr. Sengsomphone Viravouth
Department of Planning and Cooperation P.O. Box 67 Lane Xang Avenue, Ban Sisaket Vientiane, Lao PDR
|Concept Clearance||13 Jun 2008|
|Fact Finding||17 Jun 2008 to 26 Jun 2008|
|Approval||10 Sep 2008|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||21 Jul 2008|
|Last PDS Update||15 Jan 2010|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|10 Sep 2008||10 Oct 2008||10 Oct 2008||30 Jun 2009||30 Nov 2009||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|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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|Preparing the Strengthening Higher Education Project (Financed by the Japan Special Fund)||Technical Assistance Reports||Sep 2008|
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