Albert Einstein, a German Nobel prize, once said, “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the world to a halt but despite of that, the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines sees a great opportunity to champion higher education as an essential tool for young people to influence the world today and in the near future.
On 2-3 October, the EU Delegation will host the first-ever virtual European Higher Education Fair (EHEF). The 2020 fair is embracing the digital transformation by staging the much-anticipated annual education fair live online. This makes the event more accessible to Filipino students and members of the academe, and extends its reach to other provinces in the country.
This year’s theme, “Study in Europe: The Future is EUrs” further establishes EU as the Filipino youth’s gateway to excellence in higher education. EU is known as one of the world’s ultimate hubs for cross-fertilization of ideas, cutting-edge technology, and innovation coming from its many outstanding universities and higher education institutions (HEIs).
The EHEF 2020 provides the best platform to link Filipino students with EU universities and European higher education institutions (EHEIs). This year’s online fair will feature webinars on research programs, sponsorships, and mobility opportunities. There will also be country presentations and live chats with EHEI representatives, alumni, and scholars. Virtual meeting rooms will be set up for Philippine higher education institutions (PHEIs) and their EU counterparts. Students will have a chance to explore opportunities for distance learning, with many EHEIs offering post-graduate degrees through distance education programs.
As EHEF 2020 goes virtual, it also goes regional for the first time, and in real-time. Regional partner institutions Ateneo de Manila University (Metro Manila), Wesleyan University (Luzon), Silliman University (Visayas), and Xavier University –Ateneo de Cagayan (Mindanao) will host clustered presentations for their students and other interested parties in their respective regions.
A virtual networking event will also take place on 2 October at 7:30PM.
EHEF 2020 is organized by the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines, together with EU Member States’ Embassies, in partnership with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and supported by media partners Business Mirror – Envoys & Expats, Business World Spark Up, Gadgets Magazine, Roots & Wings Online, and The Philippine Business and News, and When in Manila.