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To our esteemed guests from the Huachiew Chalermprakiet University of Thailand, fellow administrators in Holy Angel University:

Good afternoon.

In behalf of our Acting president, Engr. Geromin T. Nepomuceno, Jr. and our academic community we welcome you to the Philippines in general, and to Angeles City and to Holy Angel University, in particular. I think the Thais greet each other with Sawasdee krap and the Chinese with Ni hao ma. In the Philippines we usually say Mabuhay to our foreign guests, while in our own dialect in this part of the country, we say, Malaus kayu, abe, roughly translated as “Welcome, my friend.”

Yes, we welcome your delegation to our school. I understand that this is part of your Southeast Asian tour in connection to your preparations for ASEAN 2015, and that you would like to explore areas of academic cooperation between our institutions, particularly on short-term language and culture courses in Thai and Chinese, as well as on on-the-job training opportunities.

We are open for the discussion of initiatives of this nature, as proven by our own internationalization efforts which lately, has led to the forging or processing of academic cooperation agreements with such universities as: Kkotongnae University, the most prominent university in South Korea in the area of social welfare; the University of Western Sydney in Australia, which was named by the Times Higher Education as one of the world’s best 100 universities; and the Kansai University, a 128-year old comprehensive university in Japan with 13 colleges and 15 graduate schools.

Holy Angel University is one of the few higher education institutions in the Philippines that do enjoy autonomous status from the Government’s Commission on Higher Education. Most of our programs are accredited locally, while our Bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Accountancy, and Masterate in Business Management are accredited internationally by the IACBE (International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education), a US-based accrediting agency.

Most of us in the HAU Administration are quite familiar with the Thai landscape, having had the opportunity to visit Bangkok in the past few years. The warmth and hospitality of the Thai people is very similar to that of Filipinos. We love your food, especially tom yum soup and pad Thai. We enjoyed your cultural show, the Siam Niramit; we were fascinated by your zoological collections, especially the snakes and the elephants, and we had a glimpse of school life at the Assumption University of Thailand.

Having said this, we look forward to a mutually-beneficial relationship between our two institutions.

Again, welcome and mabuhay….

Date Posted: 11-21-2014