Parahyangan Catholic University (Unpar) visited three universities in the Philippines from 22 to 23 May 2017. This visit aims to discuss the possibility of cooperation in the field of exchange programs such as the Short Term Student Mobility Program, Student Exchange Program (semester based program), and Faculty Mobility Program . Dr. Budi Husodo Bisowarno as Vice Rector for Research, Community Service, and Cooperation with Ratih Indraswari S.IP., MA Head of Cooperation Division of the Office of International Affairs and Cooperation (KIK) Unpar visited San Beda University Manila, Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University Manila. Like Unpar, Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University Manila, both are also active members of the Association of Christian Universities and Colleges in Asia (ACUCA). Meanwhile, Unpar and San Beda University are members of the ASEAN Learning Network (ALN).
Dr. Budi said that there were several reasons for the visit. First, the three universities are implementing a learning system with an English introduction, in which the Philippines is one of the countries incorporated in the English-Speaking Country category. The second reason, the cost of living is not much different from Bandung or Jakarta. Finally, the visit is an effort to support the student mobility program of ASEAN University Network (AUN) where Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University Manila are members. He added that Unpar offers subsidies for Unpar students to attend the student exchange program at the three universities.
Since 2016, Unpar has sent its students to join the Social Enterprise for Economic Development (SEED) program at San Beda University. The SEED program is held in collaboration with ALN. In 2017, San Beda University will send its students to participate in the SEED program to be held at Unpar in July. In return, Unpar students will join the SEED program to be held at San Beda University in August 2017.
The International Student Conference on Global Citizenship (ISC Unpar) is one of the Short Term Student Mobility programs that is held regularly every year. A program aimed at improving the awareness of young people in addressing global issues and contributing actively to the achievement of related solutions has been started since 2013. Unpar will invite students from these three universities in the Philippines in the ISC to be held in January 2018.
As for the Student Exchange Program (semester-based program), the current program at Unpar is the International Relations Program (IRP). Unpar offers IRP to students from all three universities. Similarly, Unpar students can join exchange programs at the three universities. The two courses offered are held in English.
Furthermore, Unpar is expected to be able to organize a Faculty Mobility Program for educators and faculty staff. The form of the program can be lecturing and faculty conference were in this case Unpar invites lecturers and researchers with their partner universities to become invited, for example as keynote speakers in international conference activity.
On a different occasion, one of the universities in the Philippines, namely St. Joseph’s College, located in Quezon City, made a short visit to Unpar on Monday (5/6). The visit is a momentum for possible cooperation plans between the two parties in enhancing cultural interaction among students.