In celebration of International Education Week (IEW) 2020, EducationUSA Philippines, the United States government’s free educational advising service, is hosting a series of activities designed to promote international education and guide Filipino students through the process of applying to U.S. universities.
Observed every November of each year, the IEW also marks a year of significant achievements in strengthening U.S.-Philippine higher education cooperation through expanded university linkages and student mobility.
Central to the successful education cooperation between the two countries is the Joint Statement on Higher Education Collaboration signed at the 2019 U.S.-Philippine Bilateral Strategic Dialogue.
The Statement enabled a new U.S. Embassy and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) working group, a year-long action plan, and a multi-series “Pathways to Opportunity” speaker program promoting the internationalization of Philippine universities. More than 200 Philippine universities have joined Pathways events.
“The U.S. and Philippines are dedicated to strengthening higher education linkages and student exchange, even as we confront new and unprecedented challenges,” the U.S. Embassy said in a statement.
It cited recent data from the International Institute of Education that showed a 2.2 percent increase in Filipino graduate students studying in the United States, the fourth consecutive year of growth for this demographic.
As scheduled, the series of programs kicked off on Monday, November 16, with a Facebook Live program underscoring the value of a liberal arts education.
On Tuesday evening, November 17, EducationUSA hosted an Application Clinic for Grade 12 students.
On Thursday evening November 19, EducationUSA will host a virtual Alumni Fair where Filipino alumni from 15 top U.S. universities will share perspectives and advice about their student experiences.
The IEW week will close on Friday, November 20, when EducationUSA partners with American Spaces Philippines to launch a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on “Applying to U.S. Universities.” EducationUSA will also host an application drive for graduate students.
Students are also encouraged to participate in an EducationUSA essay contest this week on the value of international education for an opportunity to win an iPad.
Those interested in joining the events can be found at the EducationUSA Philippines page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/educationusa.philippines.