LINGAYEN – The province of Pangasinan played host to the first International Academic Summit, a convergence of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) from Southeast Asia and other Asian countries, last May 15-16 at the Sison Auditorium, here.
The international academic exchange that sought to transform HEIs into “global educational institutions” was organized by the International Affairs Office of the Pangasinan State University in collaboration with the Southeast Asian Minister of Education Organization (SEAMEO) INNOTECH and the provincial government of Pangasinan.
In expressing his support to the event, Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. acknowledged the significant role that plays education being “the greatest equalizer in life.”
“The summit convened representatives from HEIs of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) member countries for a comprehensive academic discussion and sharing of best practices in education – these are necessary in setting standards for educational institutions in the region,” Dr. Sally Jarin, PSU Director for International Affairs, said.
The summit also sought to establish the benchmark for the initiatives of the HEIs in implementing academic programs through collaboration and partnership for “global education through internalization, Jarin added.
Jarin said an international organization of university directors for international affairs and linkages was formed during the summit to strengthen ties and partnership on academic and cultural exchange among international HEIs.
Provincial Tourism Officer Malou Elduayan said the cultural fiesta featured the cultural heritage and artistry of Pangasinan through a series of folk dance, song and stringed instruments ensemble (Rondalla) presentations by the Danggoan Pangasinan Cultural Dance Troupe, Pangasinan Provincial Chorale and some performing arts groups of some campuses of PSU.
The Culture and Arts Group of Phranakhon Rajahbat University as well as delegates from other universities also performed highlighting their respective cultures and traditions.(PIO)