FRIENDS International and Intercultural Festival at UC, March 2021
The University of Cebu (UC) celebrated the FRIENDS International and Intercultural Festival “UC FRIENDS Intercultural Fete 2021” on 18th March and 19th March 2021 via Zoom and Facebook live with the theme: “Celebrating Cultural Diversity and Strengthening Internationalisation at Home.” The agenda of the FRIENDS International and Intercultural Festival “UC FRIENDS Intercultural Fete 2021” is available here. The keynote speaker was Ms. Christina Armutlieva, the Director of International Cooperation and institutional Erasmus+ Coordinator at Varna University of Management (VUM), Bulgaria. The event also featured thirteen competent speakers from the Philippines, the United Kingdom, Vietnam, Iran, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, Cambodia, and India. Almost 4000 participants from around thirty Higher Educational Institutions from different parts of the world joined the celebration. The event was organised by the UC FRIENDS Team along with the FRIENDS Volunteers and College of Tourism MICE Classes (FRIENDS International and Intercultural Festival ” UC FRIENDS Intercultural Fete 2021″ Presentation, 18 June 2021, FRIENDS International and Intercultural Festival ” UC FRIENDS Intercultural Fete 2021″ Presentation, 19 June 2021, Culture of India by Vaishnav Venkatesh, Importance of Cultural Intelligence in the Airline Industry by Jonalyn Cabajog, Promoting Culture through Media by Marco Romas , Welcome to Indonesia by Lasta Dewi Sianturi, Culture of Cambodia by Socheata Tao, The need for CQ in Cruise Industry by Joyce Francisco, Vietnam Culture by Dan Anh).
Official Opening Events at UC, October 2020
In the morning of 8 October 2020, UC held a blessing and open house of the FRIENDS Teahouse and the new International Linkages Office in its new space on the Mezzanine Floor of UC Banilad Campus. The blessing and ribbon-cutting was attended by the UC Deans and Chairpersons of the different colleges, Department Heads as well as the UC FRIENDS project team. UC Vice-Chancellor for Business Development and Innovation Ofelia G. Mana and UC Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Professional Education Engr. Anna Liza B. Son cut the ribbon. In addition, to kick-off UC FRIENDS Teahouse launching activities a virtual Orientation and Fellowship for Leadership and International Advancement (OFelLIA) was facilitated on 14 October 2020 by Ofelia G. Mana. The event was attended by Deans and Chairpersons of the different colleges, Department Heads as well a UC student leaders. The activity emphasized one of the overarching priorities of UC that is to enhance its global presence. The FRIENDS project and the newly established FRIENDS Teahouse multicultural social hub are expected to play a crucial role in honing the next generations of UC graduates and academics seeking to prosper in and contribute to an increasingly interdependent world.