A total of 1,267 participants – composed of students, faculty, academicians, and researchers – flocked to the Grand Atrium of Shangri-La Plaza for the European Higher Education Fair (EHEF) 2017 last month. The fair featured 24 higher education institutions from 10 EU member states.
EU Ambassador Franz Jessen led the opening ceremonies and was joined by Commission on Higher Education Commissioner Ronald Adamat, Belgian Ambassador Michel Goffin, Czech Ambassador Jaroslav Olsa, Ambassador Jan Top Christensen, and Charge d’Affaires Laurent Legodec of the Embassy of Denmark, Thorsten Gottiried of the Embassy of Germany, Hungarian Ambassador Jozsef Bencze, Dutch Ambassador Marion Derckx, Spanish Ambassador Jose Luis Calvo, and Lennart Jansson of the Embassy of Sweden, among others.
“Studying in Europe allows one to get a different perspective, which can be incredibly useful, especially for the youth,” Ambassador Jessen said. “You have a great need for well-educated, young Filipinos here. They can use the knowledge they have obtained (in Europe) to develop your (the Philippines’) economy.”
During the fair, the participants were treated to a series of lectures about the European education system and way of life. A special booth was also designated to the EU’s Erasmus+Programme.
The Erasmus Programme is an EU-funded program to support 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.
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