Positioning herself in the international arena and strengthening linkages and partnership, for the first time, Filamer Christian University (FCU), along with seven other universities in the country, joined the Philippine Education delegation organized by the U.S. Embassy to the NAFSA 2017 in Los Angeles, California, USA last May 28 - June 2.
FCU was represented by the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Minnie P. Chan, and Director for International Programs, Dr. Indaylou B. Almeida. Other delegation members are composed of officials from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and administrators of private and public universities: Ateneo De Manila University, Central Philippine University, De La Salle University, De La Salle University-College of St. Benilde, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, University of Mindanao and University of the Philippines.
The delegation's goal at NAFSA is to increase the international reputation of the Philippine education system and create linkages and partnerships with U.S. universities.
"The NAFSA experience is indeed one of a kind since it's the very first time that the Philippines joined the said expo so are the schools representing the country through the leadership of CHED - International Affairs Staff," said Dr. Chan.
Dr. Almeida on the other hand stated that participating in the NAFSA is a big leap for Filamer's internationalization.
"Joining NAFSA17 introduces for the first time, provincially but peacefully located FCU to the international community, its century-rich historical existence, the Christian foundation it was known for, its nurturing quality and spirit, and the virtuous symbolism it stands on, for it to find compatible partners to grow and developed with," emphasized Dr. Almeida.
NAFSA is the world's largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange and its 10,000 members are located at more than 3,500 institutions worldwide, in over 150 countries.
Below is the timeline of events participated by the Philippine Education delegation:
May 28: Philippine Booth preparation
MAY 30 - Opening of International Booths and Meetings with Prospective Partners, visit to Los Angeles Trade Technical College, a tech-voc state funded college for benchmarking
MAY 31 - Scheduled meetings with Education USA arranged by the US Embassy
JUNE 1 - University of Southern California Benchmarking visit with sponsored lunch
JUNE 2 - Closing Day
Meeting with some FCU Alumni on the side