ELIA Director represents TAU in Canadian HEI Congress, reengages partners, alumni

Text by Mr. Jerome L. Duque (TAU-ELIA)

In support of Tarlac Agricultural University’s (TAU) Strategic Internationalization Roadmap to expand beyond Asia, Dr. Christine N. Ferrer, Director of External Linkages and International Affairs (ELIA), took part in the International Education Week (IEW) and partnership mission  in Canada on 23 June to 2 July 2022. Dr. Ferrer was joined in the official delegation by several officials from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and executives from Philippine Higher Education Institutions (PHEIs).

In the said event hosted by the British Columbia Council for International Education’s (BCCIE), Dr. Ferrer, signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) signifying TAU’s willingness to link up with the BCCIE-member institutions. At the ensuing multilateral assemblies, Dr. Ferrer had a chance to reconnect with key officials from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Pacific College, and Camosun College among others. “We have thus far identified areas of cooperation and vowed to revisit our common priorities,” Dr. Ferrer stated.

The IEW is a week-long annual conference that convenes Canada’s higher education sector. This year, the organizers involved pundits from the Philippines, Mexico, and Ireland.

Meanwhile in Alberta, Dr. Ferrer participated in a consultative forum with culinary and hospitality experts at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Afterwards, she joined a collaboration session with the leadership of Bow Valley College  where she toured its Intercultural Center, a premium hub for the promotion of intercultural competence and global citizenship.

Reconnecting with TAU’s Ambassadors

Dr. Ferrer also reconnected with two of TAU’s alumni, Mr. Jerome P. Sumaoang and Mr. Joe Mari G. Bragasin, in Chilliwack, BC. Mr. Sumaoang and Mr. Bragas are now working at Rainbow Greenhouses, Inc, a company producing flowering and specialty plants, foliage, and garden implements and serving western Canada and the northwest United States.

“I was one of the lucky 77 students who was given a chance to spend a one-year internship program in Israel. My experiences gave me a stronger background in agriculture. It allowed me to experience modern agricultural technology and techniques which are very helpful in my current job,” Mr. Sumaoang shared. Mr. Bragas added that TAU equipped him with fundamental skills in growing and maintenance of plants as well as pest management.

As of writing, ELIA had already coordinated with Thompson Rivers University (TRU), University Canada West (UCW), and Canada Advantage (CA) for a series of partnership development meetings.

TRU is a multidisciplinary and research-oriented HEI while UCW is a leading business and communications university. Moreover, CA is one of Canada’s  most reputable education support organizations. 

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