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Honda Y-E-S Award 2008 in Laos Award Ceremony Highlights

Two Excellent Students Received the First Y-E-S Award in Laos

The award ceremony for the 1st Y-E-S Award in Laos took place in the Assembly Hall at National University of Laos’ Faculty of Engineering in Vientiane on October 31, 2008. Based on the performance records, interviews, and essays, two most brilliant students were chosen from the applications from the science and engineering schools of our affiliated National University of Laos.
More than 400 people gathered in the assembly hall, which reflects the mounting expectations for the Y-E-S Award in the country. Amid their recent economic progress, many Asian countries still lack educational environments appropriate to foster students in science and technology. Laos is no exception, and the recipients were greeted by big applauses the moment they appeared. The fervor of the audience occupied the venue; and once the ceremony ended, many students in the audience stood up and made a long line to take photos with the awardees. Their faces looked as if they said, “Next year, I’d be the winner.”

< Congratulatory Speeches by Guests of Honor >

Mr. Shigeki Kobayashi
Counsellor, Embassy of Japan to Lao PDR

I would like to thank the Honda Foundation and all of those who supported for a successful start of the Y-E-S Award in Laos. Laos, being a mineral-rich and water-rich country, exports an increasing amount of gold, copper, and bauxite. For further growth in economy, this county is willing to strengthen its scientific and technological foundations. For that purpose the enlargement of enrollment in the fields of science and technology is necessary. I hope this Y-E-S Award will inspire future scientists and engineers and facilitate their leadership in Lao science and technology.
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