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Bright spark to study electrical engineering in France

Mr Aliyadeth Thammavong, a hard working student from Vientiane Secondary School has received a two year scholarship to study in France in the field of electrical engineering.

Mr Aliyadeth Thammavong.

Mr Aliyadeth Thammavong will depart for France on July 21 with fellow scholarship winners from Vientiane Secondary School and Jouse-Hoffet French Secondary School in the capital.

He graduated from Vientiane Secondary School this year and has been studying in the bilingual class at Institut Francais.

Mr Aliyadeth said he very much appreciated receiving the scholarship and having a chance to study at the renowned University Institute of Technology (IUT) in the Rhone-Aloes region of Southeast France.

This scholarship is important for him, and he must bring back knowledge to apply at Nam Theun 2 Power Company to assist the country's development.

It is in fact the third time the talented student has received assistance through the Bourse A'venir (Future Exchange Programme 2017) provided by Campus France.

Throughout two previous years in this project, he got basic knowledge on engineering and improving his French language skills.

He thanked Institut Francais for their advice throughout.

Aliyadeth said this year was the third year that Campus France had provided scholarships to Lao students.

Mr Aliyadeth will study two years of Electrical and Computer Engineering industry in Saint Etienne while fellow scholarship winners Ms Darany Sorangkoun will study Electrical and Computer Engineering in Lyon and Mr Phetthasone Manipakone will study Engineering and Mechanical Engineering also in Lyon.

These scholarships were supported by Nam Theun 2 Power Company (NTPC), and after the three students complete their studies in France they will have a chance to work for the company.

He urges young students interested in following in his footsteps to intensively learn French which is essential for their studies in France.

“Many languages are important for better communication with foreign countries, and Laos is an Asean member so it is necessary to speak not only French but also English and other languages,” he explained.

The French Ambassador to Laos Ms Claudine Ledoux and NTPC Chief Executive Mr Frederic Hofmann officially signed a partnership agreement for 2017 Promotion of Bourses d'Avenir at the French Institute in Vientiane in last week.

They congratulated the laureates and delivered the IT equipment to prepare their departure and enable them to study in the best condition in France.

On July 21 the three laureates of Bourses d'Avenir will leave for their two year study in France.

Special attention has been given to the selection of the candidates and their French language level.

Future Exchange Programme 2017 provides the selected students personalised and comprehensive coaching before and during their study.

Since June 26, the three students have been attending an intensive course called ‘Pre France' organised by the French Institute in Vientiane, Campus France and Josue-Hoffet French Secondary School to prepare their trip and to get ready for studying in the French IUT.

While studying in France, the students will benefit from tailored support from the IUT and be mentored by francophone engineers at NTPC. These mentors will ensure the full integration of the student and also successful completion of their studies.

The coaches will also provide advice regarding their professional career, especially during their internships at Electicite de France (EDF).

This privileged relationship shows the values of NTPC to establish a good understanding and a professional integration of its employees.

After their graduation, the students will return home to start their career at NTPC. The company operates the largest hydropower facility in Laos so far, as such; Bourses d'Avenir Scholarship programme contributes to strengthening human resources and to meeting the energy's industry needs.

This year also marks the return to Laos of the first scholarship students who will begin working at the Nam Theun 2 site in September.


By Sisouphan Amphonephong
(Latest Update July 13 , 2017 )

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