Introduction:Engineering students compete for robotics prize. According to the NUOL, The Faculty of Engineering is encouraging students to gain science and technology experience by giving them the opportunity to design and build robots. So that they can demonstrate their achievements in the field of robotics.

Story: The Faculty of Engineering held its 12th Robot Contest on Friday to see how well the students have been able to work together. The contest took place at the Engineering Faculty club and was attended by Deputy Minister of Education and Sports Dr Kongsy Sengmany, NUOL Vice President Associate Professor Dr Saykhong Saynasinh, and a representative of the Japanese Embassy to Laos.

It is said that, the contest is a chance for our students to learn from and share experiences with other students from vocational schools and colleges. The contest also exemplifies the significant efforts of leaders, staff and students from technical colleges and schools in Laos, especially the National University of Laos, in acquiring and developing new knowledge in advanced technology.

Although the robotics contest is a recent event for the university, it has already become a popular tradition. Since the first contest in 2002, which involved only nine robots built by Lao students, the second to fifth contests were regional events, with participants coming from Japan, Thailand and Laos.

The 12th contest this year involved the participation of six teams, from technical colleges and from NUOL’s Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Computer Science. The contest has piqued the interest of teachers and students not only at NUOL, but also in other technical colleges and schools in Laos.

The contest is the result of a collective effort by NUOL’s Faculty of Engineering, the JICA Laos Office and the Japan Embassy to Laos. The Japan Embassy provided financial support while technical assistance came from the JICA Laos Office, with other support coming from distinguished donors.

The winning team came from NUOL’s Faculty of Computer Engineering and Information Technology, and received US$500 about 4 million kip. In second place was a team from the Lao-Japan Technical Training Centre, who received US$300 about 2.4 million kip, and in third place was a team from the Technical Vocational School in Luang Prabang province, who received US$200.

It is disclosed that, the contest was truly meaningful as a friendly and cooperative linkage between institutions and to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Japan-Laos diplomatic relations and further enhance friendship between the two countries.

Source: Lao National Television News in English
Broadcast on March 17, 2015