In­ter­na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Week boosts US-PHL learn­ing link­ages


THIS Novem­ber, the Em­bassy of the United States in Manila marks In­ter­na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Week (IEW) with a year of sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ments in strength­en­ing high­ere­d­u­ca­tion co­op­er­a­tion with the Philip­pines through ex­panded univer­sity link­ages and stu­dent mo­bil­ity.

At the core of the suc­cess­ful ed­u­ca­tion­co­op­er­a­tion is the Joint Statement on Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Col­lab­o­ra­tion, signed at the 2019 Us-philip­pine Bi­lat­eral Strate­gic Di­a­logue. It en­abled a new US Em­bassy and Com­mis­sion on Higher Ed­u­ca­tion work­ing group, a year­long ac­tion plan, and the multi-se­ries “Path­ways to Op­por­tu­nity” speaker pro­gram pro­mot­ing in­ter­na­tion­al­iza­tion of Philip­pine uni­ver­si­ties. More than 200 lo­cal uni­ver­si­ties have joined such events.

Ev­ery Novem­ber, the US cel­e­brates IEW to pro­mote greater stu­dent ex­change and aca­demic col­lab­o­ra­tion. Ac­cord­ing to the em­bassy, both coun­tries are ded­i­cated to strength­en­ing higher ed­u­ca­tion link­ages and stu­dent ex­change, even in the face of new and un­prece­dented chal­lenges. Re­cent data re­leased by the In­ter­na­tional In­sti­tute of Ed­u­ca­tion showed a 2.2- per­cent in­crease in Filipino grad­u­ate stu­dents study­ing in the Us—the fourth con­sec­u­tive year of growth for this de­mo­graphic.

In cel­e­bra­tion of IEW 2020, Ed­u­ca­tionusa Philip­pines, the US gov­ern­ment’s free ed­u­ca­tional-ad­vis­ing ser­vice, hosted a se­ries of pro­grams de­signed to pro­mote in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion and guide stu­dents through the process of ap­ply­ing to US uni­ver­si­ties. It kicked off on Novem­ber 16 with a Face­book Live pro­gram un­der­scor­ing the value of a lib­eral arts ed­u­ca­tion. The fol­low­ing evening, Ed­u­ca­tionusa hosted an Ap­pli­ca­tion Clinic for Grade 12 stu­dents. On the 19th, Ed­u­ca­tionusa or­ga­nized a vir­tual Alumni Fair, where Filipino grad­u­ates from 15 top US uni­ver­si­ties will share per­spec­tives and ad­vice about their stu­dent ex­pe­ri­ences.

The IEW closed yesterday, as Ed­u­ca­tionuSA part­nered with Amer­i­can Spa­ces Phils. to launch a mas­sive open on­line course or MOOC on the topic, “Ap­ply­ing to US Uni­ver­si­ties.” Ed­u­ca­tionusa will also host an ap­pli­ca­tion drive for grad­u­ates. Stu­dents can also par­tic­i­pate in an Ed­u­ca­tionusa es­say con­test this week on the value of an in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion for an op­por­tu­nity to win an ipad. In­for­ma­tion on these events can be found in Ed­u­ca­tionusa Phils.’ Face­book page.

Aside from its FB page, more in­for­ma­tion about Ed­u­ca­tionusa is on In­sta­gram: @ed­uca

tionusa.philip­pines and on Twit­ter: @Ed­u­ca­tioNUSA_PH.

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