MANILA, Philippines — More than a thousand people got a taste of what it’s like to go to—and study in—Europe for a day at the European Higher Education Fair (EHEF) 2018 last October 10.
A total of 1,247 participants—composed of students, educators, researchers, and young professionals—attended the annual fair and listened to the country presentations from the following European Union (EU) member states including Belgium, Czechia (or Czech Republic), Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and United Kingdom.
The one-day education fair was held for the second consecutive year at the Grand Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall and featured 32 higher education institutions. This was, however, the 8 th EHEF held in the country.
EU Ambassador Franz Jessen led the opening of the event, together with Shangri-La Plaza Corporation Executive Vice President and General Manager Ms. Lala Fojas and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) OIC and Commissioner Dr. Prospero “Popoy” J. de Vera III.
In his welcoming address, EU Ambassador Jessen highlighted the “long-standing cooperation” between EU and the Philippines, and how a quality higher education becomes a “vehicle to strengthen people-to-people links.” Ambassador Jessen once more endorsed the EU as a center of quality and excellence for higher education.
CHED Commissioner de Vera shared his own experiences of studying abroad and going back to serve the country. He made a call for educated Filipinos to come back and share their newly acquired knowledge to help the country.
Erasmus+ Programme scholars led by Dr. Jenny Elmaco and Kate Alyzon Ramil were also present to answer inquiries about how to avail of scholarship opportunities. The Erasmus+ is an EU-funded mobility and scholarship programme that supports projects, partnerships, events, and mobility in the areas of education, training, youth, and sports.
The EHEF "goodwill ambassadors" also graced the event including Monica Araneta, Stephanie Zubiri-Crespi, Gabriel Holigores, Danie Laurel, Theresa Leung, and Quintin Pastrana.
Representatives of higher education institutions from member states gave presentations about the benefits and advantages of studying in the EU. They explained the European education system and how easy it is to adapt to the EU way of life. Kate Alyzon Ramil, an alumna of the Erasmus+, enthusiastically talked about her EU experiences and encouraged everyone to consider studying abroad. Journalist and TV reporter Micaela Papa also shared her adventures while studying and working abroad. Her presentation inspired students to inquire about going to EU for higher education to expand their academic and career options.
EHEF 2018 was organized by the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines together with the EU Member States’ Embassies and Cultural Institutions in collaboration with the Commission on Higher Education.
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