National University of Laos

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National University of Laos
Type Public
Established October 1996
President Prof. Dr. Somsy GNOPHANXAY
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 26,673 (SY 2005-06)
Address P.O.Box: 7322, Dongdok, Vientiane, Vientiane, Lao PDR
Campus 8 campuses, both urban & rural
Nickname NUOL

The National University of Laos (NUOL) is a university in Vientiane, the capital of Laos. Founded in 1996, with departments brought in from other existing colleges, it is the only national university in the country. The NUOL accepts students from all over Laos, along with international students.

The university is a partner of the Greater Mekong Sub-region Academic and Research Network (GMSARN) and ASEAN University Network (AUN).


NUOL was established by merging the higher education institutes which were under the supervision of several ministries into one university under the Ministry of Education in accordance to the Decree Number 50/PM of the Prime Minister of the Lao PDR dated 9 June 1995.

NUOL is a multi-campus structure, with eight campuses including Done Koy campus (Sethathiraj Hospital) scattered within a 30-km radius of Vientiane. NUOL has eleven faculties, a School of Foundation Studies, a Central Library, six centers and a small hospital.

NUOL has played a role in providing higher education in areas required for the socio-economic development of Lao PDR; performing research in natural and social sciences; preserving the arts, culture and traditions of the nation; and providing academic services to society. It is known for its diversity programs in Bachelor degrees; some Master degree programs are conducted in its academic disciplines, and it is preparing for Doctoral degree programs.

Since the opening of its first academic year on 5 November 1996, the number of students has increased from 8,053 (including 2,170 females) to more than 26,000 in the academic years of 2005-2006. At present, NUOL is accepted as one of the main and important public organization in the Lao PDR; it employs 1,884 teaching and administrative staff (862 are female).

The IT Center of NUOL is upgrading its ICT system in line with the First Development Plan, academic year 2004-2005. The next Development Plan (2005-2010) is under preparation, which includes issues such as the development of the network; Internet services; the application of ICT technology in the teaching-learning activities, research activity as well as the planning and management of NUOL.



Campus of Luang Prabang

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Coordinates: 18°02′11″N 102°38′12″E / 18.0365°N 102.6366°E / 18.0365; 102.6366