VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times / Asia News Network): Construction of the Vientiane Vocational Technical College has started in Vientiane, to train the personnel who will be needed to operate the planned railways in Laos.
The Department of Technical and Vocational Education of the Ministry of Education and Sports said the college will offer six courses and accommodate around 990 students when it opens.
The courses will include topics related to trains, railway engineering, electrical repair and maintenance, and station services.
Graduates will have the opportunity to work on the Laos-China Railway, which is expected to become operational at the end of this year.
The college will cost more than 400 million yuan to build. Construction began on September 20 and is expected to be completed in 32 months.
In addition to classrooms, there will be student dormitories, a library and sports facilities. The college will also provide additional hands-on training for Laotian students currently in China.
Located in the village of Phokham, in the Xaythany district, the college is the first of its kind in Laos and is built on a 14 hectare site.
The college was designed and will be built by Yunnan Construction and Investment Holding Group Co., Ltd. and Yunnan Design Institute Group Co., Ltd.
As part of the preparation for college studies, Laotian students have been taking courses in railway operations in other countries since 2018, learning about the operation of electrical systems to power trains, other technical matters and l railway operations in general.
Government officials have taken training courses in various fields to support international cooperation projects, the education and sports ministry said.
Education authorities encourage students who have completed secondary school to enroll in various areas of vocational education in order to support socio-economic development.
Scholarships were awarded to outstanding students, including those lacking opportunities, people from smaller ethnic groups, women and people with disabilities.
The government will improve regulations to support the human resources development plan until 2025 and better align training to meet labor market needs, especially in the areas of agriculture, education, nursing and rail operations.
The Laos-China railway will run from the Boten border post, which connects northern Laos and China, to Vientiane, with a maximum operating speed of 160 km / h.
The official opening of the railway is scheduled for early December.