A team from the US Embassy in Manila led by Mr. Ryan Louie Madrid of its Public Affairs Section, conducted a student orientation session about the education and leadership programs of the Embassy on March 3, 2016 at the University President’s Conference Room.
Dr. Judith D. Intong, VPAA, welcomed all the participants who were mostly selected student leaders of the university and some faculty members who were alumni of US programs. She encouraged everyone to pay close attention as the session could present many opportunities for the university that has internalization as one of its top priorities, in alignment with its revised vision and mission.
The session was divided into two talks. Ms. Affrille L. Degoma (Advisor of Education USA & Cultural Affairs Specialist of the US Embassy) elaborated about Education USA being a resource for interested students. She pointed out that the organization is just an arm to help students who wish to study in the USA and to connect them to the best offices and partners for them to be successful. She also emphasized that “students should think thoroughly as to what track should they go into” as it is very vital for their success in the program. Ms. Christal K. Weber of Lee’s Summit Missouri added some vital points and shared her experience assisting Filipino students and other nationalities who went to the states for various programs.
On the other hand, Mr. Madrid who is from Bukidnon, encouraged everyone to join the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) program, which is an initiative of the Obama administration. He shared the four reasons why students should engage with the programs:
(i) US Exchanges: YSEALI for Academic Fellows (18-24 yrs. old),
(ii) YSEALI for Professional Fellows (25-30 yrs. old),
(iii) Regional Exchanges, and
Ms. Trinnah Marie Caracho and Atty. Meraphi Pimental, other members of the team and who were also fellows, concluded and shared their experiences with the Education USA and YSEALI Program.
In closing, Dr. Luzviminda T. Simborio, VPRE, thanked the visitors for giving insights about the programs and for giving options for the students about their career path after the graduation. The event was spearheaded by the International Relations Office (IRO) headed by Dr. Joy M. Jamago and in coordination with the Office of the President, VPAA, VPRE, OSA, and PRIO.