Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Are EU Ready for a Journey to Excellence?

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Take the cue from successful Filipino alumni

If you’re looking to pursue higher education that is better than the usual, then the EU is the best place for you!

Beyond countless picturesque spots and the diverse cultures of its Member States, the European Union is widely recognized as a center of excellence when it comes to higher education.

The EU has long established its educational preminence with superior academic courses, mobility and scholarship opportunities, and cutting-edge technology. Its academic and cultural environment is proven to be conducive to higher learning, research, and a well-rounded educational experience.

One such example is Kent Tangcalagan, who earned summa cum laude honors for his Master’s Degree in Comparative Local Development.

Kent credits the EU’s innovative facilities and cutting-edge technologies in providing him the perfect tools to excel in his chosen programme.

He said, “The expertise made available during our classes came from professors who were in different fields (i.e. academia, corporate, third sector), different sciences (i.e. economics, sociology, natural sciences, etc.), different genders, cultures, and countries of origin. That diversity provided us different perspectives that challenged our way of thinking, our ideologies, and our concept structures that have been based from how we were brought up and educated in our own countries.”

Another proud EU summa cum laude alumna is Katy Macaso, who earned her Master’s degree in Food Science, Technology, and Business said “Studying (in Europe) was eye-opening especially the practical courses and site visits which let you engage with high tech instruments and machineries not currently available or just off-limits in the Philippines. Overall, it was just enriching.”

For dance guru and entrepreneur Georcelle Dapat-Sy, studying in the EU provided her with new perspectives with regard to her passion and craft.

“In 2016, I realized I could not run my dance company for the next twelve years based on gut feelings,” Georcelle said. “I needed a new formula. I learned more about myself as a leader when I went to THNK School of Creative Leadership in Amsterdam. You can unlearn things, become a blank canvas again, be a sponge and absorb new knowledge. EU’s diversity unlocked innovation within me.”

EU’s high standard of excellence in higher education also enabled Danie Laurelto be a multi-hyphenate woman. Aside from being a news anchor, a business journalist, and a business events host, she’s also a finance professor, thanks to her MBA and PhD degrees—all earned in the Europe. Because of what she has achieved, Danie is very passionate in telling Filipino students—especially women—to pursue higher education abroad. “Studying in the EU has made me who I am today: a strong, independent, confident, and highly educated woman who above all things believes in the power of learning in changing peoples’ lives and in education as the cornerstone of our country’s future.”

And for Ella Laxa-Pangilinan, who took an Interior Design course in Florence, Italy. Her EU education led her to a profound realization about what she wants to do in her budding career. “You get to learn a new way of living and thinking. Art and culture is everywhere, and so you’re constantly surrounded by different sources of inspiration to the point it actually made me appreciate my culture so much more. It also gives one the chance to bring home these learnings to be able to add a different value to society.”

For Kent, Katy, Georcelle, Danie, and Ella, an EU education is definitely the right path towards excellence.

Do you want to study in the EU?

Start you own journey to excellence in higher education and come to this year’s European Higher Education Fair on October 26 at the Grand Atrium of Shangri-La Plaza, and on October 28 at the Lyceum of the Philippines University in General Trias, Cavite.

This highly anticipated showcase event gathers some of the EU’s topnotch universities and higher education institutions and connects them directly with Filipino students.

The event will also feature country presentations and discussions about scholarship and mobility opportunities.

The EHEF 2019 is organized by the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines, together with EU Member States’ Embassies and Cultural Groups, and in partnership with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and supported by venue partners Shangri-La Plaza, Lyceum of the Philippines University-Cavite,

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