Program Management

The Australia Awards Scholarships (AAS) are managed by the Laos Australia Institute (LAI). LAI is managed by Coffey International Limited in association with Vientiane College, on behalf of the Australian Government. Key LAI partners include the Ministry of Education and Sports, the Ministry of Home Affairs, and the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

 

LAI and DFAT meet regularly to discuss program implementation. Once a year, a Program Steering Committee meets to review progress, and provide policy direction across all components of the program. LAI also supports the National Human Resource Development Commission to undertake annual policy dialogues.

 Program

The Program Steering Committee

 

The Program Steering Committee (PSC) meets annually to consider the broader policy directions of the LAI program; approve annual work plans, budgets and reports; review implementation progress and results and assist to coordinate progress across all program activities and functions.

 

The PSC is chaired by the Vice Minister of Education and Sports and the Deputy Ambassador of the Australian Embassy. Its membership includes:

 

  • Director General, International Cooperation Department, MPI
  • Director General, Planning Department, MOES
  • Director General, Student Affairs Department, MOES
  • Director General, Higher Education Department, MoES
  • Director General, Performance Appraisal and Civil Service Development Department, MoHA
  • Lao National Chamber for Commerce and Industry (LNCCI)
  • Lao Disabled People's Association
  • Lao Disabled Women's Development Center
  • LAI Contractor, (Secretariat role)

 

Joint Selection Panel

 

The Joint Selection Panel (JSP) meets during the AAS selection process to review applicant data, make recommendations for shortlisting, participate in candidate interviews and make recommendations for scholarship award.

 

The JSP is chaired by the Second Secretary Human Resource Development of the Australian Embassy, and its membership usually includes representatives from:

 

  • International Cooperation Department, MPI
  • Planning Department, MOES
  • Student Affairs Department, MOES
  • Performance Appraisal and Civil Service Development Department, MoHA
  • Lao National Chamber for Commerce and Industry

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