SPU MANILA PRESIDENT JOINS SMEC WALES TRIP

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Part One

Date: November 2, 2017Posted by: Marionette Martinez

St. Paul University Manila President, Sr. Ma. Evangeline L. Anastacio, SPC, participated in a partnership forum and visit in Wales, United Kingdom on October 10 to 14, 2017, together with the South Manila Educational Consortium (SMEC) Executive Director, Ms. Vicky Dayao, and five other Presidents of the member schools, namely, Bro. Dennis Magbanua from the College of St. Benilde, Fr. Marcelo Manimtim from Adamson University, Dr. Ester Ogena from the Philippine Normal University, Dr. Jose Paulo Campos from Emilio Aguinaldo College, and Dr. Francisco Benitez from the Philippine Women’s University. Since the program was carried out in collaboration with the British Council, the latter was also represented by Ms. Lotus Postrado, Head of Higher Education and Mr. Pierre Pecson, Program Officer of the British Council.

The objectives of the forum and visit were: 1) to equip the SMEC with a greater understanding of the UK and Welsh Higher Education Systems, including how UK consortia work; 2) to introduce SMEC to Welsh universities to explore international partnerships; and 3) to identify specific areas of partnerships.

October 10, 2017: The participants met with the officers of the British Council in Cardiff, Wales who explained to the group about the British and Welsh higher educational system.

This was followed by a networking lunch hosted by the Cardiff Metropolitan University, a modern university based in the heart of the Welsh Capital Cardiff. Cardiff Met was originally founded as the Cardiff School of Arts and Design in 1865 but it became an independent university from the University of Wales in 2011. Their key values include international student support and satisfaction, research excellence and graduate employability.