“We, in the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), encourage Filipinos to study abroad because we want Filipino students to be competitive and acquire new ideas and strategies, expand their cultural and intellectual horizons, and improve their job prospects,” declared CHED Officer-in-Charge Dr. J. Prospero E. De Vera III on Wednesday, October 10 at the inauguration of this year’s European Higher Education Fair (EHEF) to show the commitment of the Commission in advocating and supporting the internationalization of Philippine Higher Education.
Endorsed by CHED, EHEF is organized by the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to the Philippines in cooperation with the EU Member States’ Embassies and Cultural Institutes. More than 30 EU Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) participated in the fair held at the Shangri-La Plaza in Mandaluyong City.
In his remarks, Dr. De Vera mentioned that the primary goal of internationalization is improving the quality of Higher Education that would translate to the development of a more competitive human resource to sustain increased economic development.
“It is clear that for every Filipino who leaves for abroad, his or her worldview automatically changes, as they learn new cultures, as they work with students of different nationalities, but more importantly, as they test themselves among the best in the world. And when they come back, they are never the same again,” said De Vera.
OIC De Vera also shared that the Philippines had already forged 52 educational agreements with 38 countries, including 10 bilateral agreements with European countries such as Hungary, Spain, France, Poland, Czech Republic, Turkey, Estonia, and Romania.
“These agreements aim to promote academic cooperation and opportunities in Higher Education and professional training, including the development of institutional linkages in relevant fields. These also promote the exchange of educational literature, information and demonstration materials,” De Vera added. He also announced that CHED has several scholarships and grants for Filipino graduate students who wish to study abroad.
Aside from the exhibition, several EU HEIs presented essential information and mobility programs to encourage Filipinos to pursue Higher Education in the EU.