The European Higher Education Fair (EHEF) brought together over 40 universities in the European Union (EU) to encourage Filipino students to pursue their higher education in Europe.
The event kicked off with a networking event at Cebu Normal University in the city of Cebu, where the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) 7 director Mr. Freddie Bernal called on Filipino students to apply for study grants in the EU and increase their global competitiveness.
The universities that participated in the fair originate from countries like Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
Mr. Bernal also called on local higher education institutions (HEI) to create partnerships with more European universities to create mutually beneficial relationships. According to CHED 7’s statistics, there are over 3.8 million students enrolled in HEIs; 227 of these HEIs are public schools while 1,708 are private schools.
This year, for the first time ever, the EU delegates were brought outside of Metro Manila. The decision to hold the first leg of the fair in Cebu was influenced by the Cebu’s strategic location, its booming economy, and its youth leaders. The event then capped with a one-day fair at the Fairmont Makati.
Missed EHEF 2016? Visit their website at http://ehef-philippines.com/ for more information on the participant EU countries and universities.