Lao People's Democratic Republic: Second Strengthening Higher Education Project

Sovereign Project | 48127-002

The Asian Development Bank is working with Lao People's Democratic Republic to improve education quality and ensure that graduates have sufficient skills to meet labor market demands.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Lawrence, Annika R.
    Southeast Asia Department
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  • Country
    Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Sector
    • Education
Project Name Second Strengthening Higher Education Project
Project Number 48127-002
Country Lao People's Democratic Republic
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0500-LAO: Second Strengthening Higher Education Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 23.47 million
Loan 3435-LAO: Second Strengthening Higher Education Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 16.45 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Education / Tertiary

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact Links between higher education services and socioeconomic needs strengthened
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Quality of higher education services improved
Progress Toward Outcome Project implementation ongoing. Virtual review mission fielded in Jul 2021.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Quality and relevance of higher education services (teaching, research, extension) enhanced

Access to modern higher education programs introduced

Governance and management of HEIs strengthened

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Output 1:

1a. On track to meet target. Four participating universities developed curriculum for blended learning per selected disciplines aligned with the COE areas in June 2020.

Workshops in preparation of blended teaching and learning materials with 4 universities were competed in January 2021. Universities intend to roll out the new curriculum this school year.

1b. Completed. A total of 705 faculty and staff, including 259 women, have been trained on pedagogy and instructional methods for university academic staff. A total of 13 workshops, to date, have been conducted to provide continued upskilling support to improve quality and relevance in teaching and research.

1c. Completed. As of July 2021, all 115 scholarships (55 masters (local), 33 masters (international), and 27 doctorate (international) degrees) have been awarded.

1d. On track to meet target. A total of 15 proposals have been awarded related to traditional lao culture, employment preparation, project-based learning, and community development in 2020. A second-round selection process will award 20 IFECA grants across universities starting in Q3 2021.

Output 2:

2a. On track to meet target. CW1, the first phase of SKU civil works comprising construction of linguistics and engineering faculty buildings and related MEP infrastructure, was awarded on 1 Apr 2020. The construction progress as of July 2021 was 42.4%. CW1 is expected to be completed by June 2022.

CW4 ($8.5 million) includes a faculty building (IT), Tech cluster, student dormitory, landscaping for both core and non-core campus areas, miscellaneous facilities (covered walkway), and MEP infrastructure. Package was awarded in January 2021. Progress as of July 2021 was at 11% completion. The contract is estimated to be completed by May 2023.

2b. On track to meet target. Construction of dormitories will be included in the CW4 package, which has been awarded in January 2021.

2c. On track to meet target. As of AY2020/2021, 2,088 (57.87%) out of 3,608 students enrolled in SKU are female.

Output 3:

3a. On track to meet target. Visiting scholars have been onboarded online due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. The scholar for Governance and Management submitted a plan for a series of online training for 200 senior managers, MOES staff and academic leaders of participating universities.

3b. Completed. As of July 2021, 23 DHE and university staff were selected to undergo master's and doctoral studies locally and abroad. Of this, 16 or 70% are female.

3c. On track to meet target. HEI contract signed 5 June 2020. Draft Final Study received in November 2020. Final study submitted in Q2 2021, being reviewed by DHE.

3d. Completed. University-level tracer studies/employer surveys completed in November 2020.

3e. On track to meet target. LUMS modules are being developed and will be completed in 2021.

Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The project is classified category B for the environment, in particular for the component for development of facilities as SKU. At other project sites, the classification will be category C as the civil works is minor. The Initial Environmental Examination (IEE)27 indicates that, with the exception of construction phase impacts, the project does not have significant adverse impacts on the environment and any potential environmental impacts can be mitigated through the implementation of the environmental management plan of the civil works program. Due diligence on compliance with the environmental management plan will be undertaken during project implementation by MOES, with assistance from the construction management and supervision consultants to be contracted by the project to provide supervision and quality assurance for civil works.
Involuntary Resettlement The project is classified as Category C for involuntary resettlement. Civil works will be carried out on government land, which was previously protected forest with no residents. Use of the forest for non-timber forest products (NTPF) has depleted the forest resources to the extent that they are no longer a viable source of nutrition or income. Due diligence has confirmed that there are no informal settlers in the project site. The project has no land acquisition or resettlement issues, including activities that will result in involuntary physical or economic displacement of people. A survey was carried out on social safeguards and assessment of the impact of the project on livelihood in 3 villages bordering the SKU civil works site. The conclusions of the survey support the classification of Category C.
Indigenous Peoples The project is classified as category C for indigenous peoples. The assessment carried out under the PPTA determined that indigenous peoples will not be negatively impacted. Students, staff and administrators of SKU are not considered Indigenous Peoples following ADB SPS, and the project will not specifically target any ethnic minority group as beneficiaries but will be designed to be socially inclusive and accessible to all. This notwithstanding, to ensure that students from ethnic groups are assured of the potential benefits of the project; focus is placed on these groups for increased participation in higher education. Improving the quality of services and facilities will provide a range of benefits, and the conclusion of the assessment is that there will be a range of benefits to both Lao and ethnic students. The social safeguard for indigenous peoples is therefore categorized as C.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design MOES has discussed the project scope and design with development partners, international and national NGOs, and mass organizations. MOES intends to engage civil society organizations (CSOs) more intensively through engagement with industry and commerce CSOs to support relevant curriculum development, and also with mass organizations to support oversight of the GAP.The government, through MOES, will undertake public awareness campaigns through information disclosure, education and consultation on the Project and its benefits, including but not limited to information related to the RP, EMMPs, and GAP. Public disclosure of the project financial statements, including the audit report on the project financial statements, will be guided by ADB's Public Communications Policy (2011).30 After review, ADB will disclose the project financial statements for the project and the opinion of the auditors on the financial statements within 30 days of the date of their receipt by posting them on ADB's website. The Audit Management Letter will not be disclosed.
During Project Implementation The project will monitor progress of the stakeholder communication strategy to ensure stakeholder communication, participation and consultation continues.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

The project is supported by consultant services recruited through five modalities.

1. The Project has engaged a firm to provide 139 person-months of consulting services (52 person-months international and 87 person-months national), using quality-based selection method, in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time) to provide technical support for the project as well as building longer-term local capacities for planning, management, research, and delivery of higher education. Consulting services will span a broad array of expertise, including (i) strategic planning, project management and monitoring, (ii) curriculum and textbook development, (iii) excellence building and research capacity development, (iv) ICT-based teaching and learning, (v) higher education software development, (vi) gender and social development and (vii) procurement.

2. The Project engaged the consortium of Coelacanth and Associates (C+A) that prepared the original schematic designs during the PPTA using Single Source Selection (SSS) to provide the detailed design development and construction drawings, material specifications and any other documents required for bidding for the civil works component.

3. The Project has engaged a firm to provide technical supervision for the civil works component of the project at SKU. The third firm will also be selected using the simplified technical proposal and quality- and cost-based selection method, in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time). The quality- and cost-based selection weighting will follow the standard quality-cost ratio of 80:20.

4. International scholars (a total of 44 person-months) will be invited as short-term consultants on an individual basis to assist participating universities in developing academic and research programs and in teaching support.

5. The Project locally recruited administrative assistants and accountants on an individual basis as needed to assist the PIUs in project administration, accounting, and other tasks including reporting.

Procurement

All procurement of goods and works under this project will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2015 as amended from time to time). All consulting services shall be selected and engaged using the ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013 as amended from time to time), following the selection methods and review procedures specified in the Procurement Plan.

The D-PIU will be responsible for all procurement, and will liaise closely with the SKU-PIU for civil works, equipment, and furniture at SKU. Procurement of goods such as computers and laboratory equipment will use international competitive bidding procedures if over $1.0 million, national competitive bidding if $1 million or less but more than $100,000 equivalent, or shopping if less than $100,000 equivalent. Civil works will use international competitive bidding if more than $2.0 million, and use national competitive bidding if less, but more than $100,000. Prior review will be used in the procurement processes.

Before the start of any procurement ADB and the Government will review the public procurement laws of the central and provincial governments to ensure consistency with ADB's Procurement Guidelines.

Responsible ADB Officer Lawrence, Annika R.
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Education and Sports
Mr. Bounthavy Insisienmay
Lane Xang Avenue
Vientiane
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Timetable
Concept Clearance 18 Dec 2014
Fact Finding 21 Mar 2016 to 29 Mar 2016
MRM 15 Jul 2016
Approval 29 Sep 2016
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 04 Oct 2021

Grant 0500-LAO

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
29 Sep 2016 08 Nov 2016 06 Jan 2017 30 Jun 2022 31 Dec 2023 -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 24.73 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 23.47 20 Oct 2021 16.06 0.00 68%
Counterpart 1.26 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 20 Oct 2021 12.42 0.00 53%

Loan 3435-LAO

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
29 Sep 2016 08 Nov 2016 06 Jan 2017 30 Jun 2022 31 Dec 2023 -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 20.94 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 16.45 20 Oct 2021 10.73 0.00 64%
Counterpart 4.49 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 20 Oct 2021 3.51 0.00 21%

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Title Document Type Document Date
Second Strengthening Higher Education Project: Procurement Plan Procurement Plans Aug 2021
Second Strengthening Higher Education Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (January-December 2020) Audited Project Financial Statements Jun 2021
Second Strengthening Higher Education Project: Updated Project Administration Manual Project/Program Administration Manual Feb 2021
Second Strengthening Higher Education Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (January-December 2019) Audited Project Financial Statements Oct 2020
Second Strengthening Higher Education Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (January-December 2018) Audited Project Financial Statements Jun 2019
Second Strengthening Higher Education Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (January-December 2017) Audited Project Financial Statements Jun 2018
Financing Agreement (Special Operations) for Grant 0500 and Loan 3435-LAO: Second Strengthening Higher Education Project Financing Agreement Nov 2016
Second Strengthening Higher Education Project: Report and Recommendation of the President Reports and Recommendations of the President Sep 2016
Second Strengthening Higher Education Project: Gender Action Plan Gender Action Plans Sep 2016
Second Strengthening Higher Education Project: Project Administration Manual (as of Project Approval) Project/Program Administration Manual Sep 2016
Second Strengthening Higher Education Project: Project Data Sheet (Lao Translation) Translated PDS Mar 2015
Second Strengthening Higher Education Project: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Jan 2015

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.


Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

None currently available.


Related Publications

None currently available.


The Access to Information Policy (AIP) establishes the disclosure requirements for documents and information ADB produces or requires to be produced in its operations to facilitate stakeholder participation in ADB's decision-making. For more information, refer to the Safeguard Policy Statement, Operations Manual F1, and Operations Manual L3.

Requests for information may also be directed to the InfoUnit.

Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
PIU Contractual Staff - SKU Based Project Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed 22 Sep 2020 28 Sep 2020
HRD National Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed 06 Aug 2020 12 Aug 2020
National Software Programmer Individual - Consulting Closed 06 Aug 2020 12 Aug 2020
Visiting Scholar on Tourism Management Individual - Consulting Closed 16 Jul 2020 25 Jul 2020
3435-LAO:/Grant 0500-LAO: Second Strengthening Higher Education Project [ICB/SSHEP/W/20/CW4] Invitation for Bids Closed 18 Jun 2020 30 Jul 2020
Visiting Scholar on Environmental Science Individual - Consulting Closed 11 Jun 2020 17 Jun 2020
Visiting Scholar on Care and Use of Laboratory Equipment for Agronomy Individual - Consulting Closed 09 Jun 2020 15 Jun 2020
Visiting Scholar on Logistics Technology and Engineering Individual - Consulting Closed 09 Jun 2020 18 Jun 2020
Visiting Scholar on Logistic Engineering Individual - Consulting Closed 09 Jun 2020 15 Jun 2020
Visiting Scholar on Logistics Management Individual - Consulting Closed 09 Jun 2020 18 Jun 2020
Visiting Scholar on Logistics Transport Management Individual - Consulting Closed 09 Jun 2020 18 Jun 2020
Visiting Scholar on Care and Use of Laboratory Equipment for Environmental Science NUOL Individual - Consulting Closed 18 May 2020 24 May 2020
Visiting Scholar on Agriculture Individual - Consulting Closed 18 May 2020 24 May 2020
Visiting Scholar on Care and Use of Laboratory Equipment on Green Innovation Individual - Consulting Closed 18 May 2020 24 May 2020
Visiting Scholar on Governance and Management Individual - Consulting Closed 24 Feb 2020 01 Mar 2020
Visiting Scholar on Industry Engagement Individual - Consulting Closed 24 Feb 2020 01 Mar 2020
Senior Finance Officer Individual - Consulting Closed 27 Jan 2020 10 Feb 2020
SKU-based Safeguards Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 17 Dec 2019 31 Dec 2019
Policy Research and Studies on Quality, Performance, Efficiency and Effectiveness of Higher Education Firm - Consulting Closed 03 Dec 2019 02 Jan 2020
Consulting Services for SKU Construction Supervision and Contract Administration Firm - Consulting Closed 28 Sep 2019 22 Oct 2019
Loan 3435-LAO:/Grant 00500-LAO: Second Strengthening Higher Education Project Invitation for Bids Closed 24 Jul 2019 04 Sep 2019
Grant No. 0500-LAO: Second Strengthening Higher Education Project Invitation for Bids Closed 24 Jun 2019 05 Aug 2019
Administrator Individual - Consulting Closed 22 Mar 2019 02 Apr 2019
Software Development and Upgrading for LUMS Firm - Consulting Closed 06 Mar 2019 04 Apr 2019
Scholarship Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed 15 Sep 2018 28 Sep 2018
National Campus Facilities Development Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 13 Jul 2018 19 Jul 2018
Second Strengthening Higher Education Project Individual - Consulting Closed 13 Jul 2018 19 Jul 2018
Second Strengthening Higher Education Project Individual - Consulting Closed 01 May 2018 11 May 2018
Second Strengthening Higher Education Project Individual - Consulting Closed 01 May 2018 11 May 2018
Second Strengthening Higher Education Project Individual - Consulting Closed 24 Mar 2018 03 Apr 2018
Second Strengthening Higher Education Project - Project Administration Individual - Consulting Closed 12 Sep 2017 29 Sep 2017

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
CW4 - SKU NEW CAMPUS (IT FACULTY BUILDING; TECH CLUSTER; STUDENT DORMITORY Loan 3435 04 Jan 2021 SHANGHAI CONSTRUCTION GROUP CO., LTD. | 681 XIAOMUQUIAO ROAD, SHANGHAI CHINA,PEOPLE'SREP.OF Ministry of Education and Sports 5,952,531.95 5,952,531.95
CW4 - SKU NEW CAMPUS (IT FACULTY BUILDING; TECH CLUSTER; STUDENT DORMITORY) Grant 0500 23 Dec 2020 SHANGHAI CONSTRUCTION GROUP CO. LTD. | 681 XIAOMUQIAO ROAD SHANGHAI CHINA PEOPLE'SREP.OF Ministry of Education and Sports 2,551,085.12
CONSULTING SERVICES FOR POLICY STUDIES ON HIGHER EDUCATION IN LAO PDR AND ITS FINANCIAL MGT. Grant 0500 05 Jun 2020 ENTERPRISE & DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANTS CO. LTD. | GREEN BUILDING BAN NAXAY UNIT 41 NO. 525 SAYSETHA DISTRICT VIENTIANE LAO PEOPLE'S DEM REP Ministry of Education and Sports 100,000.00
CONSTRUCTION OF SAVANNAKHET UNIVERSITY'S ENG'G & LINGUISTICS FACULTY BUILDINGS INCLUDING MEP Grant 0500 02 Mar 2020 CHINA ZHENJIANG INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC | 61 NAMSHAN ROAD ZHENJIANG JIANGSU CHINA PEOPLE'SREP.OF Ministry of Education and Sports 1,930,730.10
SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT AND UPGRADING OF LAO UNIVERSITIES MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (LUMS) Grant 0500 18 Nov 2019 INDOCHINA RESEARCH (LAOS) LIMITED | 171/8 DONGPALANH ROAD DONGPALANH-THA VILLAGE VIENTIANE LAO PEOPLE'S DEM REP Ministry of Education and Sports 130,050.00
CAPACITY BUILDING AND PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION CONSULTANTS Grant 0500 27 Aug 2018 TRAINING AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER (TTT) LTD. | LEVEL 9 EQUINOX HOUSE 111 THE TERRACE PO BOX 10-468 WELLINGTON NEW ZEALAND Ministry of Education and Sports 1,373,208.00
INTERNATIONAL CAPACITY BUILDING SPECIALIST Grant 0500 26 Jul 2018 NIDA CALMA | LOT 29 BLOCK 2 ST.PAUL VILLAGE OLD SUMAPA MALOLOS BULACAN PHILIPPINES Ministry of Education and Sports 275,766.00
DETAILED DESIGN OF SAVANNAKHET UNIVERSITY Grant 0500 26 Mar 2018 COELACANTH AND ASSOCIATES | 3-5-13 HASE BUILDING 6F OSU NAKA-KU NAGOYA JAPAN Ministry of Education and Sports 960,000.00

Procurement Plan