FRIENDS Caravans by the Cebu Technological University (CTU) – April 26th through 28th, 2022
More than 300 participants from select Visayas and Mindanao state universities joined Cebu Technological University (CTU) in strengthening interculturalism as the overarching mandate of Erasmus + FRIENDS project on April 26th (77 attendees), April 27th (78 attendees) and April 28th (214 attendees).
The activity had Dr. Ronal Galindo, project leader and CTU Main College of Engineering dean, touching on several CTU internationalization initiatives – student, faculty and staff mobility – that spurred since CTU President Rosein Ancheta Jr. took office in 2015.
Intercultural passport or certificate of completion made its way to participants who themselves needed some orientation on Intercultural Awareness and Cultural Diversity: Massive Online Open Course (IACD MOOC).
Guest speaker from the University of Cebu (UC) expounded on this virtual course that culminates in digital storytelling on discovering foreign cultures. This completion mainly qualified CTU’s four Bulgaria-bound students come June for the Boot Camp 2022.
Dr. Rhodora Magan, newly appointed CTU director for Internationalization and ASEAN Integration, encouraged participants as she discussed “Global Competence Awareness: Career Opportunities and Self-Development.”
Despite the hiatus caused by the pandemic, the project was well received by students and teachers of Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, Cebu Normal University, and Northwestern Mindanao College of Science and Technology, who were also exposed to many of its upcoming events this year.
University Of Cebu and the FRIENDS Caravans – November 2021
In November 2022, four events were completed part of the Caravans activity under the project FRIENDS: Furthering International Relations Capacities and Intercultural Engagement to Nurture Campus Diversity and to Support Internationalisation at Home. The events took place on November 15th (with 78 attendees), two events on November 18th (total of 27 attendees) and the last FRIENDS Caravan happened on November 20th, 2021 (89 attendees).
During the events, welcome remarks and the FRIENDS Rationale were presented by Dean Ofelia G. Mana. An Overview of the FRIENDS IACD MOOC and the Intercultural Passport was given by Ms. Edilyn Lopez, part of the FRIENDS Team at the University of Cebu. Students who already proudly hold the International Passport gave testimonies at the four events. In addition to the students’ presentations, their digital stories were presented to the audiences.
The FRIENDS Caravans also included virtual games and trivia. Closing remarks at the Caravans were given by Ms. Teena Hernaez-Gomoz.
Saint Louis University and the FRIENDS Caravans – February 10th, 2022
A FRIENDS Caravan organized by the Saint Louis University in the Philippines concluded on February 10th, 2022. The events highlighted the promotion of the FRIENDS Intercultural Passport virtual module.
The event had 151 attendees from administrators, faculty and students from the following Universities:
– Mariano Marcos State University (two campuses: Batac and La Union)
– Medical Colleges of Northern Philippines (MCNP) Cagayan International School
– Lyceum Northwestern University
– Saint Mary’s University
– University of the Cordilleras, Baguio City
– Divine Word University (two campuses: Bangued and Vigan)
During the event, prospective Intercultural Passport applicants outside the FRIENDS consortium were given an opportunity to interact with the Intercultural Passport virtual module participants firsthand.
Those two events featured an interactive presentation about the Intercultural Passport, a Q&S session at the end of the event, and testimony from students who already hold the Intercultural Passport.