The U.S. Embassy in Manila’s EducationUSA program, in partnership with Edukasyon.ph, hosted “Destination USA: Coaching Your Students Through U.S. College Admissions” on 14 August 2015 at the InterContinental Manila. Destination USA, a conference for high school counselors, aimed to train education professionals to help their students navigate the U.S. college admissions process.
The conference featured plenary sessions on the U.S. college admissions process, research and testing resources, student visas, and scholarships. It was also highlighted by panel discussions where veteran counselors, parents, and students shared their experiences. These discussions tackled best practices and lessons learned for the benefit of Filipinos students pursuing higher education in the United States. Resource persons included representatives from EducationUSA, the Philippine-American Educational Foundation, the College Board, and guidance counselors from leading high schools in the Philippines.
High school guidance counselors were able to navigate the Edukasyon.ph website for free.
“Filipino students make great candidates to study in the United States. We are ramping up on EducationUSA programming and resources here in the Philippines to help more students interested in studying in the United States. This conference empowers guidance counselors in the schools, but it also alerts them of all the services we offer so they can inform their students about these opportunities,” said U.S. Embassy spokesperson Kurt Hoyer.
“We are happy to be partners with EducationUSA in this initiative that will help more Filipinos study in the U.S. This conference is a big help for our counselors who want to get more students admitted,” said Linartes M. Viloria, Chief Executive Officer of Edukasyon.ph.
Based on the UNESCO Institute for Statistics as of 2014 there are 11,400 students from the Philippines who have ventured to study abroad. The number one destination country for Filipinos is the United States, with an estimated number of 3,000 students.
“This is a great opportunity to increase Filipino students’ chances of gaining access to academic opportunities in the U.S. Our counselors play an important role in encouraging and helping our students decide and prepare for college in the US,” said Henry Motte-Muñoz, Edukasyon.ph Founder.
EducationUSA is a U.S. Department of State network of international student advising centers that promotes U.S. higher education around the world. It serves as a resource for students and local educators as they research American higher education institutions and scholarships, navigate the application process, and prepare to depart for the United States for their studies.