European Higher Education Fair Philippines 2013
The third edition of the European Higher Education Fair Manila, organized by embassies, consulates and cultural institutions of ten participating countries, headed by the Delegation of the European Union in the Philippines and the British Council was held last October 15, 2013, Tuesday at the Rigodon Ballroom of the Peninsula Manila in Makati City.
The first edition of the Manila fair was in 2008. After a few years of interruption, it was again organized in 2012, this year being the third. The next and fourth edition in 2014 is set to take place in two cities – one in Manila and another in Cebu.
The ten participating countries for this year’s fair were the following:
- Czech Republic
- The Netherlands
- United Kingdom
There were 32 institutions from these ten countries - seven of which from France. France was therefore the second most represented country in the fair, just after the United Kingdom who had ten.
The French institutions who took part of the Manila fair were:
- Audencia Nantes School of Management
- Montpelllier Business School
- ESSCA School of Management
- Groupe ISA Lille
- n+i Engineering Institutes
- Sorbonne-Assas International Law School
- Toulouse Business School
Photos © Bastien Palermo-Chevillard
Joining the seven participating French institutions in the event were Campus France Philippines’ Juliette Montuelle and Elenie Morales, Bastien Palermo-Chevillard of Campus France Paris and Anna Austria of Alliance Française de Manille.
Photo © Martin Macalintal
The event was opened at 9am by a speech by Ambassador Guy Ledoux of the Delegation of the European Union in the Philippines and a ribbon cutting by ambassadors from the participating countries, including French ambassador Gilles Garachon. Also present in the opening ceremonies were representatives from Department of Education and Commission on Higher Education.
Photo © Martin Macalintal
At 10am, the booths were opened to the public. Country info sessions were scheduled in the afternoon. Entitled “Choose France”, head of Campus France Philippines Juliette Montuelle talked about studying in France with a focus on low tuition rates numerous public universities have to offer. The fair ended at 8pm.
According to the tally from the head organizers, there were a total of 1,500 aspiring students registered and visited the said event. The number of people who came proves that the mobility of Filipino students is increasing, and that France, preferred European partner of several major Philippine universities, attracts many of these students who wish to gain an international profile.