USTP hosts ECCP’s Education Internationalization Forum
By Eric Vincent A. Dotarot, USTP System Strategic Communication Office
On April 27, 2023, the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP), in partnership with the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP), conducted the “Advancing Internationalization: A Forum on Shaping the Future of Mindanao Through Education” at the USTP Cagayan de Oro boardroom.
The meeting commenced with a warm welcome from Mr. Florian Cottein, ECCP Executive Director.
Mr. Antonio Peralta, ECCP DVO SMBC Chairman and ECCP Education Advocacy Committee Chairman, also spoke about the advantages of the initiative for the HEIs and how this forum can help build the future of Mindanao by fostering internationalization in education.
It was then followed by a talk by Ms. Sheryl J. Urdaneta, Center for Linkages, Internationalization, and Language Head, Institute of ASEAN-European Studies Coordination, Erasmus+ Holy Cross Davao College Concurrent Head. Ms. Urdaneta discussed the opportunities under Erasmus+ as well as the best practices on linkages and internationalization initiatives. She emphasized how they had to start from scratch to get to where they are now. She aimed to convey the idea that international linkages can be established and that an effective plan was required to win over multinational organizations.
After the profound talk, Mr. Jaime Rafael Paguio, SVP, CEPALCO and ECCP CDO NMBC Vice-Chairman, moderated the open forum with the panelists: Ms. Sheryl J. Urdaneta; Dr. Amor Q. De Torres, Vice President for Academic Affairs of Capitol University; Dr. Ambrosio B. Cultura II, USTP System President; and Mr. Edwin Horca of Save the Children Philippines. The panelists were enthused in answering the HEI attendees’ queries concerning the topic.
Ms. Sheryl J. Urdaneta discussing the opportunities under Erasmus+ and best practices on linkages and internationalization initiatives.
The forum aimed to gather all the higher educational institutions (HEIs) in Cagayan de Oro City and the region to discuss how to strengthen the future of education by advancing each school’s internationalization efforts, promoting more robust relationships between the private sector and HEIs, and encouraging institutional partnerships between HEIs and their overseas counterparts through visiting professor and student exchange programs, joint research undertakings, and cultural exchanges.
During the open forum moderated by Mr. Jaime Rafael Paguio with the panelists (from left to right): Mr. Edwin Horca, Dr. Ambrosio B. Cultura II, Ms. Sheryl J. Urdaneta, & Dr. Amor Q. De Torre.
The event concluded with a short tour of the university’s selected innovation centers and facilities.