8th Joint Coordination Committee Meeting on The Project for Capacity Building for Supporting Private Sector Development and Japanese Investment in Lao PDR through Laos-Japan Human Resource Development Institute.
This meeting was tooked to report the performance of output and activity plan on the current LJI/JICA collaboration project for period of April - September 2018.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bounlouane DOUANGNGEUNE (Director of LJI) reported that,
1. General Management: Human resource development and social welfare
- Pay close attention to staff capacity development: 2 are taking Ph.D. study in Thailand & Vietnam, 7 are taking master degree: 3 at LJI (2 graduated), 1 in Vietnam, 2 in Japan, 1 joining LJI MBA this year. Training in abroad: 5 persons, Domestic training: 9 persons. Assigned junior staff to support senior lecturers in providing training and research so that the former can develop their skills
- Systematically provided welfare to LJI staff: Organize end-of-the month lunch and sport activities to promote harmony among staff members, LJI team mobilized fund and goods for helping flood victims in Attapeu.
2. General management: Protocol, external relations
- . Received 101 delegations with over 1000 members including 3 VIP; Minister and Vice Minister of Education and Sports, and JICA Executive Vice President, Experts and Lao top management sought cooperation from other organizations. Chief Advisor and Director led LJI members to conduct first business management seminar and conducting Japanese language and culture needs survey in in Luang Prabang. Received NUOL President’s Decision of Japan Studies Center Establishment, Coordinated with Honda Foundation in organizing Honda Y-E-S Award program 2018, Coordinated with JICA HQ in preparing Study in Japan Fair 2018, Coordinated with JF in extending expert’s mission term as well as extending JFLC cooperation term and preparing JLPT 2018. Coordinated with RPE for preparing and organizing activities under the current project, Coordinated with Japanese universities for accepting their study tour missions, Coordinated with related organizations in Thailand for organizing study tour for MBA 10th batch students, Made final confirmation on JICA’s next project request.
3. General management: Management and Improvements
- Regularly organize management meeting, joint meeting and all-staff meeting; organized annual meeting and graduation ceremony for 9th batch MBA program
- Improve “Management by All and Hou-Ren-Sou” practices in LJI and organized annual retreat (in Paksan)
- Organized 5S competition, Improving publicity management, Support MBA and keiei-juku alumni to open LJ Coffee shop.
4. Business Course Activities
Organized 4 training courses at LJI, participated by 49 people, Organized 13 tailor-made courses with a total number of 473 participants (becoming more popular). Organized customized course and provide consultation to 6 companies with 72 participants. Organized a seminar on “Marketing for Service” at Luangprabang Chamber of Commerce and Industry, on 05/09/2018. There were 40 participants. Organized a study tour in Japan for keiei-juku first batch and organized a report meeting at JICA Laos Office, Preparing keiei-juku second batch: 18 participants. Organized 4 Business Café sessions with 78 participants. Case study development and research: 3 new cases were completed and 4 cases are in the process of writing. 5 research projects are undergoing. Prepared and printed 100 copies of Management Journal Volume 9. Organized Business Plan Contest (for 16 teams), and Lao-Japanese Women Entrepreneurs Seminar (87 participants).
5. Japanese course activities
Regular course: 2ndSemester for academic year 2017-2018 and 1st semester for 2018-2019 academic year (218 students). Special course (B0): 2 special courses 81 students.
Teaching quality improvement activities: Developed teaching materials (B1 ~ Intermediate Level). Organized Seminar on teaching Marugoto with CJCC on 16/6/2018. Japanese Language seminar on 15/8/2018. Trainer from JF Bangkok. (30 teachers attended). Preparing Japanese for business purpose training course, Editing Minna no Nihongo textbook. Preparing Japanese Language Proficiency Test, 2018 (218 persons registered for the test). Interviewed and selected 5 students for Mitsubistshi UFJ Scholarship. Screened 1 student as a candidate for JENESYS Program, 10 students for Yamada Scholarship, Screened 3 students for JF scholarship, Screened students for exchange program at Women Gakkushuin University.
6. Exchange Activity and Library
Prepared and organized Honda Y-E-S Award 2018 program starting from committee meeting, orientation, receiving applications, screening exams and interview and award handover ceremony. Preparing Study in Japan Fair 2018 (9 universities will participate), Organized Japanese culture (tea ceremony, Yukata wearing, Ikebana) for Japanese language department students, Faculty of Letters. Introduce Japanese culture at LJI, 3 high schools (80 participants), Organized seminars and exhibitions on Koinobori for Japanese boy's day and Tanabata for the public (275 participants). Arranged academic and cultural exchange activities for teachers and students from Japan (Okinawa High School, Ritsumeikan University, Shiga University; 92 participants); Coordinated and lead Shiga University students to conduct exchange activity at 2 local high schools: 120 participants), Organized one Lao language and culture training course for 7 JICA volunteers, Cooperated with Embassy of Japan to Lao PDR in organizing Japanese film show at LJI (28 participants), Support English Rakugo team and 3 Head Gaga team in organizing their performance at LJI.
Information Service (Library): Number of library users: 7,745 people. Registered new membership: 19 persons. Total books in library: 18,551 books.
- While participant number of regular business course is continuing to be limited, tailor made courses are increasing. However, tailor made courses are mainly dominated by public sector organizations. We need to attract private sectors including SMEs to take tailor made courses. To do so, we may need to consider a lower fee for SMEs.
- Start up program has a small participant number. We may need to organize Start Up program combining regular course.
- LJI activity scope has expanded but the organization structure has remained the same. We may need to improve LJI structure.
- JICA decided not to support study tour in Japan for MBA 10th batch this year. Hopefully, we can combine MBA10 batch with 11th batch in study tour in Japan next year.
- Some equipment and one mini-bus are too old to maintain. We need to replace them.
- LJI is in its turning curve to sustainable development. Continuous support from JICA and JF will be necessary at least for next 5 years. If sliming down is unavoidable for JICA, continuous supports for MBA program, keiei-juku (including study tour in Japan) and other important courses will be necessary.
Mr. Yasujiro Suzuki (JICA Chief Advisor to LJI) reported about activity plan
1. Since LJI/JICA current project has successfully implemented the 1st batch of ‘Keiei-juku’ program and ‘Business start-up support program’ in the last term, the current project would like to continuously support to the implementation of the 2nd batch of those programs, in addition to the implementation of MBA program, practical business courses, Tailor-made courses, and ‘LJI business café’ in the next term, by dispatching Japanese lecturers and providing JICA experts’ advice on management of business courses.
2. Based upon Master Plan, the current project dispatched one short-term expert on June 2018 to promote comprehensive case study development in LJI. In addition, JICA will dispatch him again on October 2018 and February 2019 to promote it more.
3. The current project could not carry out 5th seminar together with Savannakhet Institute of Management (SIM) in Savannakhet on August 2018 for local business people by dispatching JICA short-term experts as lecturers as same as 3rd seminar with Champasak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) in Pakxe August 2018 due to weather condition in those areas. Those seminars will be postponed to November 2018. In addition, the project will also hold 6th business seminar together with Savannakhet Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) on March 2019. as same as 4th seminar together with CCCI in Pakxe on March 2019.
4. Since the current project successfully carried out 3rd ‘Women Entrepreneurship Seminar’ on August 2018, the project will hold 4th ‘Women Entrepreneurship Seminar’ on February 2018.
5. Since the project will be terminated at the end on August 2018, the project will hold ‘Business Plan Contest’ for 2019 on March 2019 earlier than this fiscal year.
Main issues to be tackled by LJI in the next terms
1. Through the current project, LJI is highly expected to become a new hub for business exchange to place an impact on industrial circle beyond Dong Dok campus in NUOL. In order to attain this project purpose, it is once again to reconfirm LJI’s strength and weakness of location handicap. As proposed by my predecessor in the past JCC, LJI had to take full action into reform and improvement of LJI’s lobby and central gardens in the past several terms.
Now LJI has become more attractive place for students of NUOL and business people to attend the LJI’s training courses compared with before. However, LJI should emphasize ‘public relations’ more and more to attract businessmen as participants for the regular business courses and new business courses.
2. As a leading research institute of NUOL, LJI should strengthen research works through implementing case study development for the current project. In line with the Master Plan on Case Study Development formulated on January 2016, it is quite important for LJI to strengthen this aspect of activities. Since the ‘Japan Study Center’ has been established within LJI on July 6th, 2018, it might be expected for LJI to strengthen research capability more and more.
3. One of the issues to be addressed in implementation of business courses, is that three pillars of business courses (MBA program, practical business courses, and Tailor-made courses) should be managed wisely with the manner of portfolio management among three pillars. However, from the last term, five pillars of business courses including ‘Keiei-juku’ program and ‘Business start-up support program’ should be managed more and more wisely.
4. Based on the Strategic Action Plan formulated on February 2016, LJI successfully held 4th business seminar in Savannakhet together with SCCI on March 2018. In addition, LJI held 2nd seminar in Pakxe on March 2018 together with CCCI. Now LJI can organize the seminar in Savannakhet and Pakxe with SIM & SCCI and CCCI respectively.
Even though Pakxe is out of scope in the current project, it might be very important for LJI to extend training services in Pakxe due to high demand there. In addition, it might also be very important for LJI to extend further training services in Luang Prabang due to urgent demand there.