UM to host confab for internalization programs in schools

THE UNIVERSITY of Mindanao is set to host the first ever conference for internationalization programs in higher education institutions under the University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP).

Set on Oct. 12 at the mini auditorium in Matina campus, the one day conference aims to bring together school heads or their external and international relations officers to discuss trends and challenges in internationalization, the background and objectives of the UMAP, as well as the personal experiences of some students and faculty of UM who have been able to avail of education opportunities abroad through the UMAP program.

UMAP is an international network of higher education institutions that facilitates student and faculty mobility among member schools across Association of Southeast Asia member countries, which in turn promotes stronger linkages between schools and the sharing of resources and research. The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) serves as the Secretariat of UMAP.

Speakers invited to share on their experiences in building linkage programs include Associate Professor Yazrina Yahya, director for the International Relations Center at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in Malaysia, Dr. Lourdes Nepomuceno, president for UMAP Philippines, and Lily Frieda Milla, director for the International Affairs Staff of CHED.

Reynaldo Castro, assistant vice president for the External Relations and International Affairs of UM also serves as UMAP assistant vice president in Mindanao.

Students from UM will also speak about their experiences as part of the internationalization programs: Alvaro Luis Madrazo, fourth year student of BS in Psychology and most recently the representative of the country to Japan’s Toyo University for the 25th UMAP Anniversary Symposium, and AB Mass Communication student Warren Valdez, who studied communication courses in Taiwan from August 2015 to January this year at Ming Chuan University.

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