Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Peace Independence Democracy Unity Prosperity
Prime Minister’s Office No 099/PM Vientiane, April 3, 2009
The Organization and Function of Souphanouvong University
– Pursuant to the Law on the Government of Lao PDR (revised) No 02/NA, dated May 6,2003;
– Pursuant to the Law on Education (revised) No 04/NA, dated Jul 3, 2007;
– Pursuant to the Decree on the Organisation and Function of the Ministry of Education and Sports No 62/PM, dated April 7, 2008;
– According to the proposal by the Minister of Education and Sports No 281/ES 09, dated March 30, 2009 and the proposal by the Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office and Director of Public Administration and Civil Service Authority No 40/PACSA, dated April 1,2009;
The Prime Minister of the Lao PDR has issued this decree:
Chapter I General Provisions
Article 1. Objective
This decree defines the standing, role, duties, scope of rights, organizational structure, education quality management and research, financial management and work regime as a legal reference for the organization and function of Souphanouvong University (“SU”), so it can implement Party policy, government strategic plans on human resources development, scientific research, and the protection and promotion of national art and culture.
Article 2. Standing and Role
The rector’s office of SU is located in Luang Prabang district, Luang Prabang province. It is a government educational institute and a national educational and cultural centre supervised by the Ministry of Education and Sports. Its role is to conduct educational activities to produce academics, researchers, and scientists in various fields, conduct scientific research, preserve and promote the fine art and culture of the nation and the Lao multi ethnic people, and provide academic services to the society.
Article 3. Official Language
Lao is the official language used in learning and teaching at SU. Foreign languages can be used in teaching and learning of some subjects based on their necessity; this is subject to permission from the Ministry of Education and Sports.
Duties and Scope of Rights
Article 4. Duties
SU has the following duties:
1. Conduct learning and teaching and educational activities:
– Conduct educational activities on ideology, moral attribute and laws for staff, teachers and students at SU so they become good citizens of the nation.
– Conduct learning and teaching activities for professional subjects for
undergraduate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees; and conduct high- quality field-oriented educational activities.
– Conduct short term professional training courses for subjects needed by the public.
2. Conduct scientific research:
– Conduct scientific research and technological development in various subjects.
– Disseminate findings of the research that are useful to national socio-economic development.
3. Provide academic services to society:
– Cooperate with factories and production establishments to conduct training courses, and experiment and apply the findings of research and technology development to socio-economic development and environmental protection.
– Provide expertise and technical advisory services, translation, testing, and certification of technical standards and quality of products.
4. Protect and promote national art and culture while accepting fine and advanced culture of the world:
– Hold activities to publicize art and the culture and traditions of the nation and of the Lao multi-ethnic people.
– Encourage staff, teachers and students of SU to actively take part in protecting and promoting the art, culture and traditions of the nation and the multi-ethnic people.
– Accept and promote fine and advanced art and culture of the world community in a selective manner.
5. Exercise other duties assigned by the government and the Ministry of Education and Sports.
Article 5. Scope of Rights
SU has the following scope of rights:
1. Deliberate on and propose the development plan of SU to the government.
2. Generate revenue through various means allowed by law.
3. Use the budget provided by the government and funding from other sources according to the laws of the government.
4. Recruit, reshuffle, appoint, transfer, reward and punish staff of SU as appropriat
5. Protect and manage academic copyrights of SU.
6. Build relations and sign academic cooperation agreements with educational institutes or scientific research institutes, domestic and foreign, according to the law.
Article 6. Organizational Structure
SU has the following organizational structure:
6.1 University Council, management board and academic board.
6.2 The management structure includes the following offices:
1. Management and Collection
3. Academic Affairs
4. Student Affairs
5. Accommodations and Services
6. Planning and International Cooperation
7. Organization and Personnel
8. Scientific Research and Technical Services
6.3 The academic structure comprises:
1. Faculty of Education (FE)
2. Faculty of Economics and Tourism (FET)
3. Faculty of Agriculture and Forest Resources (FAFS)
4. Faculty of Architecture (FAS)
5. Faculty of Engineering (FE)
6. Faculty of Languages (FL)
6.4 Affiliated departments, institutes, libraries and centers
Other faculties shall be considered and proposed for establishment by the Ministry of Education as appropriate.
Article 7. Personnel Structure
7.1 Souphanouvong University Council
– SU Council is made up of one president, vice presidents and members appointed by the Prime Minister based on the recommendations of the Minister of Education and Sports. One eminent person or senior official who is independent from the Ministry of Education and SU serves as the president.
– The Rector of SU serves as vice president.
– Council members include:
1. All vice rectors, with the vice rector in charge of academic affairs serving as the secretary the Counc
2. Seven people chosen from those holding rector-level positions, directors of
institutions, heads of offices, directors of centers or equivalent agencies.
3. Three people chosen from the full-time teachers of
4. Three people representing socio-economic and cultural sect
5. Representatives of mass organizations and students of SU (one representative from each).
7.2 Management Board
The management board includes the rector serving as president, the vice rector in charge of academic affairs serving as vice president, and vice rectors, deans, heads of offices, directors of institutes, libraries, centers and head of equivalent agencies serving as members.
7.3 Academic Board
The academic board is made up of the rector as president, the vice rector in charge of academic affairs as vice president, deans, directors of institutes, head of academic office, head of scientific research and academic service office, directors of libraries, directors of centers or equivalent organizations and representatives chosen from full- time teachers of faculties, institutes and centers (one representative from each) serving as members.
7.4 Administrative Positions
– SU has one rector who is appointed and removed by the Prime Minister. The rector supervises and leads the implementation of the policy of the Party and government, is accountable to the Minister of Education and the government for achievements and weaknesses in implementing activities, and exercises the duties and scope of rights of the university as stated in Articles 4 and 5 of this decree.
– SU has vice rectors serving as aides to the rector and in charge of particular activities as assigned. If the rector is away from the office, a vice rector who is authorized by the rector can supervise the activities of SU on behalf of the rector.
– SU also has deans and vice deans, heads and deputy heads of departments; heads
and deputy heads of offices; directors and deputy directors of libraries, institutes, and centers; teachers and support staff who have been placed in particular posts according to the law.
7.5 Administrators’ Tenure
Those holding administrative positions at all levels at SU have a five-year tenure. They are selected and appointed as appropriate.
Article 8. Duties of the Rector
Besides the duties stated in Article 4 of this decree, the rector of SU has the following duties:
1. Translate the policy of the Party and the socio-economic development plan of the government into the development plan of the university and build up SU according to the set vision and its stated role and dut
2. Supervise SU in a comprehensive manner according to the policy of the Party and the law of the govern
3. Direct procurement of resources from various sources, domestic and overseas, to
support implementation of the activities of SU to achieve high output.
4. Report the performance of SU to the Minister of Education and the government on a regular b
5. Implement other duties assigned by the government.
Article 9. Rector’s Scope of Rights
Besides the scope of rights stated in Article 5 of this decree, the rector of SU has the following scope of rights:
1. Represent SU in activities, domestic and overseas, according to assignments by the
Minister of Education and the government.
2. Supervise staff and students of SU and propose recruitment of new civil servants according to the current demand of SU activiti
3. Manage and supervise the use of budget, income sources, equipment, buildings, and venues of the university to implement the activities of SU according to the law.
4. Deliberate on, consider and propose the approval of promotions, rewards, removal, transfer or punishment of the personnel at SU according to civil servant management regulation
5. Build cooperation with foreign educational institutes and international organizations,
and sign and implement cooperation agreements on technical exchanges, with the approval of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
6. Allow civil servants and students of SU to take official trips in the country and overseas
for training courses that last less than one year, following the regulations of the government.
7. Exercise other duties assigned by the Minister of Education and the government.
Article 10. Qualifications of Senior Administrators
1. The president of SU Council shall have the proper conduct and appropriate educational qualifications and have at least 10 years of experience in management in government organization
2. The rector shall have the proper conduct and appropriate educational qualifications and
at least ten years of teaching experience at any universities or educational institutes, or
10 years of experience in educational administration.
3. Vice rectors and deans shall have the proper conduct and appropriate educational qualification and have at least seven years of experience in teaching at any university or higher education institute, or five years of experience in educational administration.