Inspire Centre for Higher Development

Thadeua Road, Vientiane, Laos


Welcome to Inspire Centre for English and Chinese. We conduct English and Chinese language courses in Vientiane, Lao PDR.

Inspire Centre for Higher Development commenced operations in Vientiane in March 2005.  It was started by Kok Liang and Lesley YEOW from Singapore together with two other partners to provide educational services at advanced level for Laotians, in particular, government officials and professionals.

Inspire’s clientele are both private and corporate. In the twelve years since they set up the company, Kok Liang and Lesley have taught English and communication skills to government officials, NGO staff, staff of the University of Health Sciences and other working adults. Major clients have been the UN World Food Programme, the GTZ (German Technical Cooperation or Deutsche Gesellschaftfür Technische Zusammenarbeit, now GIZ), the Lao Human Resources for Community Health Project sponsored by the University of Calgary, the UNDP, the WHO, Oxfam Australia, Handicap International (now Humanity and Inclusion), the European Union, the MCNV (Medical Committee Netherlands Vietnam) and the Singapore Embassy.

Having been in Laos for more than fifteen years now, Kok Liang and Lesley speak and read Lao moderately and are thus familiar with common difficulties faced by Lao learners of English.

Experience of the Institution
Since its inception in 2005, Inspire Centre for Higher Development has been running general English courses at various levels and offering special courses in business English, writing, speaking and presentation skills.  Our courses are tailored to the learners’ requirements and often involve consultations on students’ business writing in class discussions, one-to-one and over email.  From 2011, scholarship exam preparatory classes have also been offered.  The following table lists the major programmes of English training that Inspire has been engaged for, in addition to our general English courses:


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