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European Higher Education Fair 2017 opens opportunities for Pinoys to study abroad
By Lionell Go Macahilig - on 13 Nov 2017, 5:28pm

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Over 20 educational institutions from European Union member states gathered under one roof in a one-day event dubbed as the European Higher Education Fair (EHEF) 2017 at the Grand Atrium of Shangri-La Plaza in Mandaluyong City.

Organized by the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines together with the EU Member States' Embassies and Cultural Institutions in collaboration with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the event featured institutions from Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

EHEF 2017 aims to showcase the excellent educational standards and mobility programmes implemented in Europe's educational systems.

"Through EHEF, we want to encourage all the Filipinos - students, teachers, members of the academe, and the general public - to grab this opportunity, and experience diversified and excellent post-graduate and doctorate degree programmes from topnotch EU universities," said EU Ambassador Franz Jessen.   

"In recent years, we have come to look forward to this time of the year to celebrate the ever-deepening relations in higher education between the Philippines and the European Union. Indeed, as we begin an important period of transition for the Philippine higher education sector, we are grateful to be able to count on our longstanding partners in the EU, to help us see it through successfully," said Commission on Higher Education Program Director Mark Yee.

EHEF 2017 was attended by Jessen along with CHED Commissioner Ronald Adamat, Shangri-La Corporation Vice President Lala Fojas, Ambassador Michel Goffin of Belgium, Ambassador Jaroslav Olsa of Czech Republic, Ambassador Jan Top Christensen of Denmark, Charge d'Affaires Laurent Legodec of Denmark, First Secretary for Culture Thorsten Gottfried of Germany, Ambassador Jozsef Bencze of Hungary, Ambassador Marion Derckx of the Netherlands, Ambassador Luis Calvo of Spain, and Charge d'Affaires Lennart Jansson from Sweden to lead the opening ceremony.

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This year, the EU Delegation has chosen ten EHEF Goodwill Ambassadors who served as living testimonies as to how pursuing higher education in EU gave them an edge in the corporate world and invaluable insights on other cultures.

The roster includes:

Stephanie Zubiri-Crespi
Author, journalist, and TV host
University of Paris IV-Sorbonne, France
The London School of Economics and Political Science, the United Kingdom

Stephanie Kienle-Gonzalez
VP for Sales and Business Development at Philux
The London School of Economics and Political Science, the United Kingdom
Sciences Po, France

Amina Aranaz-Alunan
Designer ARANAZ and Co-founder of School of Fashion and the Arts (SOFA)
Instituto Marangoni, Italy

Eric Manuel
VP and Head of Real Estate at Primiero Partners
The London School of Economics and Political Science, the United Kingdom

Audrey Tan-Zubiri
Owner of Furniture Concept Store Designa Italia
Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

Theresa Leung
Managing Partner and Creative Director at Leung de Leon Marketing Services
University of Portsmouth, the United Kingdom

Sunshine Puey
Chef and Owner of Gourmandise
Ecole Ritz Escoffer, France

Loralee Baron-Soong
Co-founder of SOFA
Instituto Marangoni, Italy
Central St. Martins, the United Kingdom

Monica Araneta
LBC Foundation
Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

Noelle Hilario
Creative Entrepreneur
Art School Metafora, Spain

A special booth was also designated to the EU's Erasmus+ Programme, an EU funded program that supports projects, partnerships, events, and mobility in the areas of education, training, youth, and sports. It provides funding opportunities for cooperation in all these areas, both among European countries and partner countries around the world.

Lionell Go Macahilig

Lionell Go Macahilig / Group Editor

Building on the learnings that he earned from the academe and his almost three-year professional experience in the outsourcing industry, Lionell joined HardwareZone Philippines in 2007. In his free time, he runs his PC shop and reads various articles online. He also likes cats and jogging.