By Roy Mabasa
More and more Filipino students, especially those seeking post-graduate studies, are eyeing European Union (EU) universities and educational institutions as an excellent destination for academic and scientific research programs, as well as an ideal atmosphere for scholarly activities.
Through the conduct of the European Higher Education Fair (EHEF), close to 900 students, academicians and researchers trooped to the Lyceum Philippine University in General Trias, Cavite City on October 28 to explore the possibilities and advantages of obtaining post-graduate studies in EU countries.
EU Delegation to the Philippines First Counsellor Rafael de Bustamante Tello said the roadshow was brought about by the clamor of students, young professionals and researchers to bring the EHEF outside Manila.
Among the EU-based universities and higher education institutions that participated in the Lyceum-Cavite leg were the Advantage Austria and Modul University (Austria); Charles University and Masaryk University (Czech Republic); Budapest Metropolitan University (Hungary); Instituto Europeo di Design (Italy), and Campus Spain (Spain).
Embassies of the Czech Republic, Germany, Sweden as well as Campus France also joined the EHEF 2019 Roadshow.
The EU said this year’s theme, “Study in Europe: EUr Journey to Excellence,” establishes its position as an outstanding center of quality and excellence in higher education.
“Obtaining an MA or Ph.D. most especially in the EU means better job and career opportunities. This year, we are once again opening the gateways of the EU through education with the 2019 European Higher Education Fair,” said Thomas Wiersing, Chargé d’affaires, of the EU Delegation to the Philippines.
Most EU universities offer specialized and advanced study courses in Engineering, Architecture, Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, and Information Technology.
Other benefits of studying in the EU include learning new languages and getting immersed in the diverse cultures of the European Union.
Earlier, a separate EHEF fair held at the Shangri-la Plaza drew about 1,500 students, researchers and academicians as participants.