Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano, CHED Chairperson Patrcia B. Licuanan,
Lao Ambassador to the Philippines H.E. Phoxay Khaykhamphithoune, and Lao Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith
during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on Academic Cooperation in Higher Education.
The Memorandum of Understanding on Academic Cooperation in Higher Education will strengthen relations,
enable greater mobility, and encourage more interaction between and among higher education institutions
in the Philippines and Lao PDR.
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Ministry of Education and Sports of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote cooperation in higher education and professional training, including the development of institutional linkages at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
CHED Chairperson Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan signed the MOU on behalf of the Government of the Philippines while H.E. Phoxay Khaykhamphithoune, Lao Ambassador to the Philippines, signed on behalf of the Government of Lao PDR. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano and Lao Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith.
Under the MOU, the Philippines and Lao PDR committed to undertake the following:
Promotion of academic networking and exchanges as well as reciprocal access to institutions of higher education, research and development facilities, training centers, libraries, and other similar institutions;
Exchange of faculty, researchers, academic personnel, and students;
Exchange of visits of public officials and executives of higher education institutions for benchmarking and sharing of information relating to policies in higher education;
Encourage joint efforts in language training, which may include training of language teachers and organizing relevant conferences in the field of education, research, and language training.
A Joint Working Group, comprising representatives from the two countries, will be created to implement the MOU.
“I am delighted that, after four years, we were finally able to sign the MOU,” CHED Chairperson Licuanan said. “This is the first time for the Philippines and Lao PDR to have an agreement on higher education. This MOU will foster stronger ties and friendly relations between our two countries and will hopefully go a long way towards achieving greater mobility and more interaction between and among our higher education institutions.”
The MOU with Lao PDR is in line with CHED’s strategic plan to strengthen international academic cooperation and linkages of local higher education institutions with their counterparts in other countries as well as with international organizations.