EU-Philippine Relations and the Erasmus Mundus Experience

You are invited to a Seminar on

EU-Philippine Relations and the Erasmus Mundus Experience

by Ms. Andrea Fennesz
First Counsellor
Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines

and

Ms. Abbie Yao
Erasmus Mundus Scholar

on Thursday, August 18, 2011, 3:00-5:00 pm
Faura AVR

Abstract:
This seminar explores the evolution of the relationship between the Philippines and the European Union (EU). In the 1980s, the relations between the Philippines and the EU have been done in the context of interregionalism, with ASEAN serving as a medium by which the two entities have interacted. In recent years, a number of changes have occurred in the relations between the EU and the Philippines. The most significant difference is the conclusion of the negotiations of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA), which is the first ever bilateral and comprehensive agreement between the two parties. The Agreement?s scope includes a broad range of issues, which include: security issues, trade and investment, migration and development, all of which have implications on the Philippines itself.

Education is one aspect of EU-Philippine partnership that has implications for students who intend to take up further studies. Educational partnerships are done under the Erasmus Mundus Programme, which was officially launched in 2004. There is some funding available in the Programme for students from outside the EU to attend a European
institution of higher learning. A number of Filipino students have since taken part in the Programme. In this seminar, one of the speakers, a former Erasmus Mundus Scholar, will share her experiences and in going through the Programme.

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