National University of Laos
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National University of Laos


The National University of Laos (NUOL) is the first comprehensiveor full-fledged university in the history of Lao PDR. Since its establishment on November, 5th 1996, in accordance with the Prime Minister’s Decree No. 50/PM, dated June, 9th 1995, the NUOL was established by amalgamation of the existing higher education institutions which were then operated under different ministries. It comprises of 10 institutions namely: the Pedagogical University of Vientiane, Polytechnic University, Medical Science University, Nabong College of Agriculture, Dongdok College of Forestry, Tadthong College of Irrigation, Institute of Architecture, Institute of Transportation, College of Electricity and Electronics and the Centre for Establishment of Veunkham Agro-Forestry University.


Initially, the NUOL conducted the teaching and learning-based activities starting with 7 faculties, 6 Offices and one School of Foundation Studies. After that faculties, institutes, Centes and campus hospital 1. Sathit Primary

School and Sathit Secondary School were established. Currently, 2016-2017 the NUOL is comprised of 13 faculties, 2 institutes, 1 central library, 3 centers, 1 hospital, 11 offices, and 1 School for Gifted and Ethnic Students.



The NUOL is to be the center of excellence in higher education, research and cultural preservation and contribute to capacity building,to the strengthening of human resources through fostering intellectual vitality, promoting knowledge and skills, positive attitudes, loyalty, dignity, good physical and mental health. One of the aims is to make out of the university’s graduates most-sought for manpower by the country’s and, at large, the region’s most demanding employers and to enable them to
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The NUOL’s mission is to meet Laos’ development in a suitable, efficient and equitable manner. It can be categorized as follows:

1.     To create and provide training and thus contribute to the development of the country’s human resources. Students are to acquire knowledge and to receive training so as to become academicians, administrators or researchers equipped with high knowledge, skills, expertise, and anoverall ability to innovate as well as a solid moral background;

2.     To conduct and promote, alongside regular curriculum, research so as to buttress the country’s economic and social development;

3.     To disseminate research findings and provide academic and technical services to society in an efficient way; and

4.     To preserve and expand the arts, culture and traditions of our multiethnic nation, while acknowledging and respecting world culture.