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European Higher Education Fair 2017 attracts 1,200 participants

Participants were treated to a series of lectures about the European education system and way of life from the participating EU member states. Released

(As released) A total of 1,200 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 on October 18. 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, 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 Cultural Thorsten Gottiried of Germany, Ambassador Jozsef Bencze of Hungary, Ambassador Marion Derckx of Netherlands, Ambassador Jose Luis Calvo of Spain and Charge d’Affiaires Lennart Jansson from Sweden.

EHEF Goodwill Ambassadors Monica Araneta, Noelle Hilario, Theresa Leung, Loralee Baron-Soong, Gab Holigores and Erasmus scholar Maybel Nonato. Each representative was given a block to symbolize his or her commitment in encouraging Filipinos to pursue higher education in Europe.

“Studying in Europe allows one to get a different perspective, which can be incredibly useful especially for the youth,” said Ambassador Jessen. “You have a great need for well-educated, young Filipinos here. They can use the knowledge that they have obtained (in Europe) to develop your (the Philippines’) own economy,” he added.

“I would like to congratulate the European Commission, the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines for organizing the 7th in a series of highly successful education fairs,” said CHED Commissioner Adamat. “We encourage everyone to make the most out of this opportunity, to get as much information from participating European Union universities and may this generate access and opportunity for building new friendships and increased academic linkages.”

During the fair, the participants were also treated to a series of lectures about the European education system and way of life from the participating EU member states. A special booth has also been 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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The fair was 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) and Shangri-La Plaza together with media partners including Philstar.com.

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