Thirty students from Indonesia and Thailand are undergoing training at the lloilo Science and Technology as part of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Internship Exchange Program (Photo courtesy of Dr. Nemia Mabaquaio)
ILOILO CITY -- A total of 30 students from Thailand and Indonesia are undergoing their internship with the lloilo Science and Technology (ISAT-U) as part of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Internship Exchange Program.
“SEAMEO provides us an avenue to network with other universities,” said Dr. Nemia Mabaquiao, Director for National and International Affairs of ISAT-U, in an interview on Tuesday.
It is composed of universities from the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam.
She said that SEAMEO has two components, the SEA-Teacher that offers internship for students taking up Education program, and SEA T-VET for those taking up technical-educational courses and training.
Mabaquiao said the internship program was an offshoot of her joining the network meeting in Indonesia last year.
ISAT-U was able to send three batches for SEA-Teacher in January and August last year and this month. For the SEA-TVET, ISAT-U sent two batches -- one last August and in January 2019.
“When we send, we also accept students from their universities,” she said.
The host school will provide the accommodation while the food will be shouldered by students.
“We have a good feedback because aside from developing their personality, they also gained self-confidence for being able to travel abroad,” she added.
Mabaquiao said for three weeks, students are deployed to ISAT-U’s partner industries for their needed exposure.
“We immerse them in our culture, we expose them to our tourist destinations,” she said.
Mabaquiao said that joining this kind of program forms part of their preparations towards globalization, which is being encouraged by the Commission on Higher Education. Through this, they would be able to link up with other universities abroad that could serve as their rich source of knowledge providers.
“In the near future we can already engage in researches and other extension projects because of our agreements with other countries,” she added.
The 30 students from Indonesia and Thailand are composed of 14 SEA-Teacher and 16 SEA-T-VET. Fourteen are in ISAT U main campus, 12 in Miagao campus and two in Dumangas.
Four more students from Indonesia are coming next month. (PNA)