CAMILING, Tarlac – Tarlac Agricultural University (TAU) President Max Guillermo highlighted the role of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in improving the education system of the Philippines.
In his message during the ASEAN Campus Forum in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), he stressed that the university shares the same passion and commitment in the internationalization of education in the country.
“ASEAN, through us [members of the academe], is the major driver of the development of education so that our students will be able to compete with the graduates of other nations. Thus, making them globally competitive,” Guillermo noted.
Moreover, the President encouraged members of the academe to effectively play their individual roles to engineer a proficient formula in dealing with such improvement.
“As we embrace the challenges, let us not forget that the foremost goal of ASEAN integration in the academe is to increase the international awareness of the students and strengthen research in knowledge production,” he stated.
“But more to this, ASEAN integration encourages us to be champion of the international cooperation, peace, and solidarity. And so, we at TAU welcome these changes with a kind heart and open mind in becoming partners for change,” he added.
As part of hyping the Philippine Chairmanship of ASEAN this 2017, PIA in Central Luzon holds campus forums in different provinces to educate and pitch support from the youth in this endeavor.
Each forum features discussions on the Political-Security, Economic, and Socio-Cultural Community Pillars.
TAU was the fourth campus it visited in Central Luzon after Tarlac State University, Central Luzon State University, and Aurora State College of Technology.
Other educational institutions it will visit this year include Bataan Peninsula State University, Ramon Magsaysay Technological University, Pampanga State Agricultural University, and Bulacan State University. –Trixie Joy B. Manalili