National University of Laos (NUOL) is the leading university in Vientiane, the capital of Laos. Founded in 1996, with departments brought in from other existing colleges, it is the only national university in the country. NUOL accepts top students from Laos with few international students. National University of Laos is cooperating with various international universities, especially from Japan.
Since its establishment, NUOL has played important roles as indicated in its missions in providing higher education in areas required by the socio-economic development of Lao PDR; promoting and performing research in natural and social sciences; preserving and expanding the arts, culture and traditions of the multi-ethnic nation; and providing academic services to the society. NUOL is the most dynamic university in the Lao PDR in terms of human resources development for the country. It is well known for its diversity programs in Bachelor degrees; some Master degree programs are conducted in its academic disciplines, and it is preparing for Doctoral degree programs in the near future.
Since the opening of its first academic year on 5 November 1996, the number of students has increased dramatically from 8,053 (including 2,170 females) to more than 26,000 in the academic year 2005-2006. At present, NUOL is accepted as one of the main and important public organization in the Lao PDR; it employs 1,884 teaching and administrative staff (862 are female).
The university is a partner of the Greater Mekong Sub-region Academic and Research Network (GMSARN) and ASEAN University Network (AUN).