21 November 2018, Calgary – The Philippine Consulate General (PCG) in Calgary has taken steps to promote education cooperation between the Philippines and the Province of Alberta in Canada.
Deputy Consul General Zaldy Patron, representing Consul General Gilberto Asuque, travelled to Manila on 19 November to meet with the officials of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the University of the Philippines (UP) and briefed them on the opportunities for academic and research partnerships with the two leading universities in Alberta – the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary.
Among those that DCG Patron briefed were CHED Chairman Prospero De Vera III, CHED Commissioner Ronald Aldamat, UPLB Dean of Graduate School Jose Camacho, Jr., UP Office of International Linkages (OIL) Director Dr. Gil Jacinto, OIL Assistant Director Dr. Aaron Joseph Villaraza, and OIL-Diliman Dr. Imee Su Sanchez.
The CHED and UP officials described the presentation of DCG patron as both “good news “and timely as they were made aware of the strengths of the two Alberta-based universities that have consistently ranked as among the top universities in Canada and in the world. CHED and UP have also been advocating for more internalization programs with foreign universities and they would welcome collaboration with Canadian universities
In September and October of this year, Consul General Asuque and DCG Patron held a series of meetings with the high officials of the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta to explore their interest in having possible cooperation with selected Philippine universities.