A celebration of Filipino scholars in Europe
This is a press release from Erasmus Mundus.
MANILA, Philippines – Erasmus Mundus Association-Philippines (EMA Philippines) in partnership with SPARK Philippines and J. Amado Araneta Foundation organized an Erasmus Mundus Day at De La Salle University Manila on 25th October 2015. The Association aimed at promoting scholarship opportunities among Filipino students, teachers and academic staff in Europe particularly the European Commission’s education, skills training and sports programme, Erasmus+.
In Europe, Filipino scholars are consistently among the top 5% across disciplines and consortia. In Erasmus Mundus alone, EU Delegation Ambassador Guy Ledoux even mentioned in last year’s pre-departure orientation that Filipinos have been undoubtedly some of the best students in the world who often graduate with distinction and/or best thesis.
Attended by almost a hundred people including 13 alumni, the event highlighted the need torebrand the Philippines as a country that is also capable and has been producing the best minds aside from producing quality care services to the world. We would like to offer a paradigm shift from “Servants of Globalization” to “Scholars of Globalization”.
Coupled by a short programme, the celebration included the promotion of diversity of fields that alumni come from and the languages that they speak.
Pertinent questions were asked by eager prospective students:
Q: Do you have to be an honor student to get into the Erasmus programme?
A: No. Good grades are a plus but it is your motivation letter and potential as leader and contributor in your chosen field that has more weight. Interestingly enough, Filipino Erasmus scholarship recipients become outstanding students in Europe.
Q: Are you allowed to work part-time?
A: An adequate amount of stipend is given for scholars to not worry about expenses. However, depending on the country, students may be allowed to work for a particular number of hours or during summer vacation.
Q: Are you required to come back after you have finished your studies?
A: No. If a company, an institution or organization in Europe or other countries hires you, you are welcome to take that opportunity. Unless, of course, your visa has expired and you are still waiting for sponsorship from a company.
Q: What’s the best thing about studying in Europe?
A: You will never be the same again. Aside from travel, cultural competencies, it is more likely that you find the love of your life there.
Q: What are your expectations from fellow scholars?
A: To be the outstanding scholars that they can be and to strengthen their ties to our country by giving back in the best way that they can.
The event ended with a simple networking lunch were alumni were approached by prospective students to personally asked more questions about application, living in Europe and coming back to the country. - Rappler.com