THE European Union (EU) on Tuesday formally opened this year’s European Higher Education Fair at the Peninsula Hotel in Makati City.
Students, faculty and academics attended the event to explore opportunities at 32 distinguished universities from the European Union including from Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and, for the first time from the Czech Republic, Hungary and Ireland.
EU Ambassador Guy Ledoux underscored their goal of promoting the EU as a center of quality and excellence in education and in hastening mobility and people-to-people links between the EU and peoples from the region.
“These people-to-people links certainly go a long way in bridging the cultural divide and promoting a better awareness, understanding and appreciation between and among the peoples from the Philippines and the European Union,” Ledoux said.
“In reality what we are doing here is planting the seeds of lifelong relationships between Filipinos and Europeans. These relationships will flourish in all walks of life from politics to medicine, from fine arts to film and on to research, commerce and industry. The bright-eyed student setting off to Europe today will be the strong building blocks of EU-Philippine relations tomorrow,” he added.
Ledoux was joined by Ambassador Gilles Garachon of France, Ambassador Joe Hayes of Ireland, Ambassador Ton Boon von Ochssée of the Netherlands, Ambassador Jorge Domecq of Spain, Ambassador-designate Asif Ahmad of the United Kingdom, Deputy Ambassador Jan Vytopil of the Czech Republic and First Secretary Mr Alfonso Tagliaferri of the Italian Embassy during the opening ceremony.
Also present were Education Undersecretary for partnerships and external linkages Mario Deriquito, Commission on Higher Education executive director Napoleon Imperial and director Lily Freida Milla.
Neil A. Alcober