LANITH Vientiane breaks ground for "Centre of Excellence"
(KPL) The Lao National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality (LANITH) Vientiane held a groundbreaking ceremony on 30 Oct for its 750,000 euro "Centre of Excellence" education and skills training complex.
The center will expand the capacity of the institute's tourism and hospitality campus on Fa Ngum Road in Vientiane Capital.
Present at the ceremony included Deputy Minister of Education and Sports Lytou Bouapao, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment, Mr Somchith Inthamith, Luxembourg Embassy in Hanoi Charge d' Affaires, Mr Claude Jentgen, and other relevant officials.
The Luxemburg Development Cooperation- funded, two- storey, 1,750- square-meter complex features a restaurant d'application similar to LANITH Luang Prabang's "The Balcony" and holds six modern classrooms; a fully equipped training kitchen; a housekeeping lab; a tour operator/front office lab; and staff offices.
The construction of the complex is slated for completion in October 2015.
While thanking Luxembourg for its six-plus years of ongoing support, Lanith Director Saysavath Chasane stated that the Centre of Excellence at LANITH Vientiane, a Ministry of Education and Sports (MOES) national institute aims to meet the growing human resource needs of the vibrant Lao PDR tourism trade.
"Capacity for LANITH Vientiane's two- year LANITH Diploma educational program currently stands at nearly 100 per cent with close to 60 fulltime students. The new Centre of Excellence will expand our capacity to 200 students,"she said, adding that the complex will offer LANITH's award-winning Passport to Success skills training modules during the weekends and over school holiday breaks.
Director General of the Vocational Education Department, Mr Nouphan Outsa expressed the ministry’s gratitude to the Luxembourg Government for funding LANITH Vientiane's Centre of Excellence, which will stand at the forefront of Lao PDR's efforts to educate and train the nation's tourism and hospitality students and workforce.
"LANITH has been instrumental in the human capital development of Lao PDR's tourism sector, which is a top contributor to the nation's GDP" he pointed out, while stressing, "LANITH aims to tap Lao PDR tourism's true potential by advancing service quality to meet international standards. The new LANITH Vientiane complex will expand their capacity to achieve this."
Luxembourg Embassy Hanoi Charge d' Affaires Claude Jentgen congratulated LANITH on its many achievements, and stated the institute’s success record is impressive.
"LANITH is quickly but steadily growing, with its dynamic approach to national human capital development for the tour and hospitality sector winning global accolade," he said adding, "Luxembourg Development Cooperation is proud to have supported LANITH from its conception."
Ms Chasane explained LANITH’s innovative approach to human capital development, which is based on three levels-national, provincial, and district/village- to fulfill the nation's needs.
"LANITH Vientiane and the Centre of Excellence, for which we are breaking ground today, serve as the national model for hospitality and tourism education and training in the country,"she said." This is where standards and curricula are developed and piloted and where the LANITH Diploma is delivered."