NEU: Advancing its Global Engagement

By Cara Luzeleine C. Sanico

NEU delegation to the comemoration of the 50th founding anniversary of ASEAN at PICC on April 29, 2017

Recent events in New Era University marked advancement in its global engagement. The establishment of NEU-ASEAN Studies Center in 2015 served as an impetus for global reach. “We would like to be a part of ASEAN Integration, we would like to be recipient and at the same time donor of some things that are related to education, politics, and technology, so this ASEAN Center will also serve as the venue of exchange ideas among professionals, researchers, coming from different ASEAN countries and also come up with policy study that will be very important to the unity, collaboration and partnership of different ASEAN countries,” NEU president, Dr. Nilo Rosas, said. NEU is the first university in the whole country to launch an ASEAN Studies Center.

NEU and its media partner, the Eagle Broadcasting Corporation Inc. (EBC), launched a television program, “ASEAN in Focus” which provides update on the development in ASEAN and international relations in general.

The University’s global engagement goes beyond the ASEAN shore. Ambassadors from other countries have started to make partnerships with New Era University and offer what they can in various fields. In June 2018, His Excellency Ephraim Ben Matityau, Ambassador of Israel to the Philippines, visited NEU and encouraged joint ventures in researches regarding agriculture, entrepreneurship, and technology. Connected to this, NEU opened its College of Agriculture in Pinugay, Baras, Rizal, which is set to open in January 2019.

NEU also established a first for the Philippines as they sign a historic Memorandum of Understanding for academic collaboration with the Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO) in May 2018. The two schools seek to enrich the intellectual environment of both institutions and encourage contact and exchange among the individuals of these institutions. Most notable is the agreement to establish a Russian Language program at NEU.

Earlier, in July 2017, the Ambassador of Panama to the Philippines, His Excellency Rolando Guevera Alvarado visited NEU.  He raised the possibility of exploring “areas of cooperation in the education system” with his country.

The Ambassador of Australia to the Philippines, Her Excellency Amanda Gorely, visited NEU for the commemoration of the Philippines-Australia Day. The event focused on educational scholarships.

At present, NEU receives more and more invitations for collaboration from other foreign universities.  Meanwhile, the University is conducting numerous researches that would serve as bases for implementing guidelines for further cooperation with universities around the globe.