n 2005, the Sixth General Congress of Savannakhet Province (28-30 July, 2005) resolved a strategic program on socio-economic development of the province which set forth, among other, to set up a new university in the central part of the country. And on 30th December, 2008, the Minister of Education and Sports issued a mandate for creating a committee called “Savannakhet University Creating Committeee”. While on 27th March 2009, the Prime Minister of Lao PDR promulgated the decree No 091/PM for authorizing the establishment of Savannakhet University. Finally, Savannakhet University was founded on 27th March 2009.
The rational of SKU establishing not only depends on the location specificity, but also the specificity of the three central provinces: Savannakhet, Khammoune and Borikhamxay, which is the East-West Economic Corridor. The three provinces are endowed with agricultural production like cereals, economic crops and ruminants and so on. Also there are great potential for harnessing hydropower, exploiting precious mines, developing trade and service at the economic corridor. Each year, the number of post-secondary students in the three provinces and half of Salavan province (average) reaches 10450, accounting 21.13% of total in the country. While all public and private education institutions can only receive 74.3%. At the same time, the logistics along EWEC & GMS Routes, high level of market demands and facilities of infrastructure and human resources also contribute to its rationale.
As a center of education and culture, SKU tries to develops the quality of HR and conduct the scientific research work, reduce the poverty of poor people, protect and use the natural resources by sustainable ways and promote the beauty of Lao multi ethnic culture. In future, SKU should be committed to the following missions: implement of socio-economics plan of the 3 provinces; bring people from rural and urban areas have opportunity to access higher education; upgrading the quality of education step by step in order to approach the national higher education standard; development of HR in order to push the Lao ethnic minority has the common stake.
In the university, there are six aspects in the Unit of Administrations, including Office of General Affairs, Office of Cooperation, Office of Students Affairs, Office of Physical Resource and Service, Office of Finance, Office of Personnel and Inspection. 3 aspects in the Unit of Academics, including Office of Academic Affairs, Office of post-graduate and Quality Assurance Division. The Unit of Research and Academic services has Office of Research and Science Management and Research center. While the Unit of Instrutional processing consists of Faculty of Agriculture, Faculty of Business Administration, Faculty of Linguistics, Information Technology Center, Faculty of Food sciences, Faculty of Educations, Faculty of National Sciences and Secondary School for Ethnic and Talent Students.
Among the total faculty and staff members, there are 385 persons and 179 females, among which 7 persons and no female for PhD, 40 persons and 11 females for MSc, 257 persons and 124 females for BSc, 20 persons and 11 females for Higher Diploma, 7 persons and 6 females for Middle Certificate, 3 persons and 2 females for Primary Certificate, 51 persons and 25 females for Internship staff members. While there are 3634 persons and 1970 females among students.
Savannakhet University is one of five public University in Laos P.D.R. It was inauguration and established on 27th March 2009, the founding ceremony was led by the Prime Minister of Lao P.D.R. SKU OFFERS: 38 Bachelor degree programs and 2 Master degree programs. SKU Development is aligned with the socio-economic development strategy of the 3 provinces (Savannakhet, Khammouane and Bolikhamxay). It provide equal access to higher education for both the urban and rural people, in particular, underprivileged people from rural and remote area.
SKU-IRO have roles and responsibilities as follow:
- Planning for collaboration with foreign partners and international organizations aiming to get aided and shared academic and technical cooperation.
- Creating and adapting international cooperation legislation associated with university level.
- Preparing the themes and contexts for meeings, contracts, agreements and memorandum of understanding amongs SKU and propective partners.
- Coordinating with internal and external scholarship donors.
- Request for official approval for staff and students who have mission abroad and welcoming delegation from foreign partners.
- Faciliatating for and coordinating with foreign expacts, volunteers, trainers and sporters who have missions or attend semninars or training or competition in Laos, etc.