First Laotian students study tourism at DIT

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Lord Mayor, Cllr Oisin Quinn (far right) and President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton, with students from Lao People’s Democratic Republic Ms Saysavath Chasane, Ms Souvanny Jaleunphonh, Ms Lavanh Soybounphanh and Mr Souliphonh Phengxay.

02 August 2013:  The first students from Lao People’s Democratic Republic have completed a two-week programme at DIT and were presented with their certificates at a reception hosted by Dublin’s Lord Mayor, Cllr Oisin Quinn in the Mansion House. 

The four academics from the Lao National Institute for Tourism & Hospitality (www.lanith.com) - Ms Saysavath Chasane, Ms Souvanny Jaleunphonh, Ms Lavanh Soybounphanh and Mr Souliphonh Phengxay - travelled to Ireland to undertake the programme in Higher Education for the Hospitality Industry.  The programme was designed to assist lecturers at LANITH to further develop their tourism and hospitality curriculum and to learn from the extensive experience in DIT of delivering industry focused higher education.  It was jointly developed and delivered by the Learning, Teaching & Technology Centre and the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management in DIT.   In addition to the formal academic programme, the visiting students made study visits to major tourism destinations and also spent a day immersed in a busy hotel environment at the Academy Plaza Hotel (www.academyplazahotel.ie).

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This is the first formal cooperation between DIT and LANITH and is part of a wider project that will see two students commence undergraduate programmes in Hospitality Management this September, funded by Irish Aid and Lux Dev, the development aid body for the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

During their time in DIT, the students also had the opportunity to visit the Houses of the Oireachtas, where they were met by Deputy Eric Byrne, Member of the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs & Trade. 

Following completion of their programme, they were presented with their Certificates by Professor Brian Norton, President, DIT. 

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