USTP Oroquieta joins CHED Capacity-Building on Internationalization

By Marevel Caburnay, USTP Oroquieta STRATCOMM

Last May 2, 2024, the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines in Oroquieta, Misamis Occidental (USTP Oroquieta) participated in the capacity-building activity on internationalization of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Region X, held at Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan, Corrales Street, Cagayan de Oro City. 

From L-R: Ms. Marevel Caburnay (IA  Coordinator, USTP Oroquieta) , Ms. Helen Grace  Gonzales (Section Head, Academic Mobility, International Affairs Office), Dr. Ramir Philip Jones Sonsona (Director, International Affairs Office, USTP System), Dr. Maribel  Tizo (IA Coordinator, USTP Claveria), Ms. Gia Suralta (IA USTP System Secretary) and Ms. Precious Jane Lapura (IA Coordinator, USTP CDO)

The Xavier University Office of International Cooperation and Networking organized the forum on Internationalization for Local Impacts, part of the Beyond Borders International Days. It started with a roundtable discussion with select international relations officers from public and private HEIs, which centered on strengthening the internationalization of HEIs in the region. The forum provided an avenue for networking and collaboration among attendees, fostering connections that transcend challenges.

The esteemed speakers from various agencies, including Mr. Romulo Vinci R. Bueza, Director of  Ateneo Internationalization for Mindanao Office; Mr. Antonio S. Peralta, Honorary Consul for Finland in Mindanao, Ateneo de Davao University; Dr. Arlita Amapola B. Minguez, Focal Person for the CHED Internalization Initiatives; and Dr. Mauricio Rolo, Director of Admission & Marketing – Madrid, Spain, facilitated insightful discussion on the importance of internationalization. They emphasized its local impact, such as attracting foreign students who contribute to the local economy and fostering cultural diversity that enriches the academic environment.

USTP Oroquieta’s participation in this forum conforms to the institution’s strategic goal of promoting internationalization initiatives, preparing students to thrive in an interconnected world, and fostering a culture of global citizenship in improving education and lifelong learning.