FRIENDS Teahouse at SLU, Philippines

FRIENDS Reunions at SLU – August 2022

SLU has conducted FRIENDS Reunion event as part of the FRIENDS Project activities on August 26, 2020 at Prince Bernhard Gym, SLU Main Campus, Baguio City. The reunion, attended by 112 participants, focused on the importance of cultural dialogue and relevance of intercultural engagement and global competence to student employability.

This event is part of the internationalization initiatives at Saint Louis University prompted to embed SLU with Internationalization at Home strategy. FRIENDS reunion intends to educate the Lousian community about the accomplishments thus far of the project and equip them with the essentials of intercultural awareness and cultural diversity knowledge, mindset, and work skills.

The horizons of those who attend Saint Louis University should not be bound to the perimeters of the classroom and or campus but infinity and beyond. The FRIENDS Reunions event held by SLU helped to widen the perspectives of its audience on internationalization. This event provided a holistic development of the students to be equipped not only with academic expertise but also with a global mindset, knowledge, and skills for better graduate employability (FRIENDS Reunion Agenda, FRIENDS Reunion Programme Flyer, Event Short Video, Post-Event Evaluation Summary, FRIENDS Reunion Promo Poster, FRIENDS Reunion Script, Event Announcement)

FRIENDS International and Intercultural Day at SLU, May and July 2021

On May 7th, 2021, SLU organised the iCREaTE 2021 – “International & Intercultural Day”. The celebration of unity and fostering diversity was attended by 1967 participants from 163 participating schools and local and foreign attendees. The event included country presenters from Nigeria, Indonesia, Yemen, Mongolia, Korea, Sudan, Thailand, Philippines and China. During the event, two expert speakers delivered presentations on the topics of “Innovation through Internationalisation”, Ms Chrtistina Armutlieva (Varna University of Management, Bulgaria) and “Increasing Access to Global Learning and Intercultural Awareness through Digitalisation”, Ms Ayse Deniz Ozkan (Istanbul Aydin University, Turkey). The agenda of the International and Intercultural Day at SLU could be found here.

In addition to this, another half-day event namely “ASEAN International Festival” was held on 27 July 2021 as an online celebration of different countries and cultures. In addition, the IACD MOOC as one of the main components of the Intercultural Passports was discussed and presented. The topic of Whys & Wherefores of Multicultural Diversity was broadly discussed with the participants at the event and several presentations were provided as well. The agenda of the celebration could be found here.

Event Calendar (version as of July 2022)

Event Calendar (version as of May 2021)

Code of Conduct

Home Away From Home at SLU

Official Opening Event at SLU, November 2020

The launching of SLU FRIENDS Teahouse under the auspices of the External Relations, Media, and Communications, and Alumni Affairs (ERMCAA) Office was held on 25 November 2020 to coincide with SLU’s 109th foundation celebration. The physical setup was blessed by the President himself – Rev. Fr. Gilbert Sales. The Teahouse is located at the second floor of SLU’s Administrative Building in Baguio City and has a backdoor entrance for easy access of the students. The SLU FRIENDS Teahouse is an integral component of the University’s purposeful integration of intercultural dimensions into its formal and informal curricula. It aims to strengthen SLU internationalisation capabilities and to develop local and international students’ global competence. Moreover, the FRIENDS Teahouse provides to clients incl. faculty, staff, visitors, and even the alumni occasions for academic, research, and cultural exchanges. This commitment is also extended to SLU’s relevant partner communities to foster cooperation. Finally, the International Students Association (ISA) at SLU that became operational in September 2019 is now placed under the FRIENDS Teahouse’s supervision.

FRIENDS Teahouse on SLU Organisational Chart

FRIENDS Teahouse formal establishment at SLU