By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
Filipino students who want to study abroad and obtain world-class higher education will have the chance to fulfill their dreams with the conduct of the 2019 European Higher Education Fair (EHEF) this October.
The European Union (EU) Delegation to the Philippines and the EU Member States’ Embassies once again open its doors to Filipino students during the EHEF 2019 to be held on October 26 at the Shangri-La Plaza in Mandaluyong City.
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), the EHEF enables students to interact directly with EU universities and HEI representatives to gain comprehensive information about their study programs.
Through the EHEF, Filipino students can also look forward to country presentations from EU member states and listen to testimonials from EU alumni and past Erasmus+ scholars. The 2019 EHEF will feature more than 30 universities and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) from Austria, Belgium, The Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands, Sweden and Spain.
With the theme “Study in Europe: EUr Journey to Excellence,” this year’s EHEF aims to establish EU’s position as an “outstanding center of quality and excellence in higher education” and to pursue postgraduate studies in the EU “offers many advantages and possibilities.”
The EU is considered an “excellent destination” for academic and scientific research programs as well as being an “ideal atmosphere for scholarly activities” since most EU universities offer specialized and advanced study courses in Engineering, Architecture, Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, and Information Technology.
Other tangible benefits of educational experience in the EU include learning new languages, immersing in diverse cultures, and joining an international network of students and peers.
Meanwhile, the EU also provides scholarship schemes to foster student mobility and academic excellence such as the Erasmus+ programme which encourages students from partner countries to take higher education courses in the EU.
This year alone, a total of 66 Filipino students have been awarded Erasmus+ scholarships that will allow them to take MA courses in various EU universities. More than 400 Filipino students have already pursued their academic dreams in several European member states and have successfully made their mark in their chosen fields.
This year, EHEF gets bigger as it goes to Lyceum University of the Philippines (LPU) Cavite Campus on October 28 for the fair’s second leg.