Thirty-nine Filipino students will pursue their academic dreams in several countries of the European Union (EU) after they won scholarships under the EU’s Erasmus + Program.
In 2015, the Philippines will have the highest number of Erasmus students benefiting from an EU scholarship amongst all Asean countries (credit mobility and Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees).
Now with the chance to pursue Master’s and Doctorate program in different universities across EU are Royce Lyssah Malabonga, Melane Manalo, Glacialle Villasquez Tiu, Jennifer Astoveza, Izza Patricia Cortez, Marinelle Espino, Divina Trisha Parungao, Aaron Raphael Ponce, Maria Monica Edralin, Kristine Tolod, Loveille Jun Gonzaga, Andrea Celine Quejada, Mateo Joseph Dino, Venice de Castro Atienza, Princess Hope Bilgera, Keith April Arano, Jeremy Vicencio, Franchez Lynette Torres and Jeany Rose Teguihanon from the University of the Philippines; Juan Carlos Miguel Camacho from UP-Manila; Vincent Fabros Palomo, Olivia Domingo Pungtilan, and Ryo Toyoda from UP-Los Baños.
Also awarded scholarships are Lea Perez Marasigan (Philippine Normal University); Melvin Bagot (Visayas State University); Marie Grace Pamela Faylona (IMQP consortium); Rob Jeremiah Nuguid (University of the City of Manila), J.P. Leo Asong (Ateneo de Davao University), Shella Talampas (University of San Carlos), Regina Coeli Tan (Catholic University of Korea), Claudio Ramos II (Silliman University), Rogelio Galima Jr. (Union Christian College), Harold James Doroteo (Far Eastern University), Jose Mari Agustin (Universita di Bologna), Dante Jr. Salvador (Development Academy of the Philippines).
Lastly, two from Ateneo de Manila University and University of Santo Tomas also made it namely Patricia Cecille Monica Panganiban and Peter Marcos Imbong of ADMU, and Peter Emmanuel Mara and Miguel Manuel Dorotan of UST.
The scholarship and mobility program is structured to allow students to pursue their studies in more than one country giving them the opportunity to benefit from the academic expertise and culture of more than one university.
This program gives life-changing opportunities for Filipino students to experience living the European culture, learning European languages and being integrated into the European society for one to two years.
The Erasmus + (formerly called the Erasmus Mundus Program) promotes the EU as a center of excellence in learning and making student mobility a reality for EU and non-EU citizens alike.
Erasmus + is the European Union’s new Program for 2014 to 2020 to support projects, partnerships, events and mobility in the areas of education, training, youth and sport. It provides funding opportunities for cooperation in all these areas, both among European countries, and between these European countries and Partner Countries throughout the world.
The European Union Ambassador to the Philippines Guy Ledoux commended the outgoing Erasmus + students at a reception on August 11 at the EU Delegation to the Philippines for their impressive results reflecting the hard work of Filipino students.
Erasmus Mundus alumni led by Sheila Balbutin who is president of the Erasmus Mundus Association, Southeast Asia Chapter also attended to share their experiences of studying in Europe and encouraged the scholars to take advantage of their time in the EU to benefit from borderless traveling and studying across different European Union member states.
Ambassador Ledoux said that since 2004 more than 200 students and lecturers benefited from the program. The scholarship covers air travel to Europe, tuition fees and a monthly living allowance of P138,000.
In addition, more than 30 Filipinos benefit from EU MS countries scholarship every year.
The Erasmus + is among the leading international academic mobility programs in the world, and students from the Philippines have benefited considerably from the program.