April 5, 2019
Holy Angel University was among the universities representing Philippines at the 14th Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE) Conference & Exhibition held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on March 25 to 29, 2019. This year’s conference was hosted by the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia which theme was “Diversity and inclusivity of higher education in the Asia-Pacific”. Other participating universities and colleges include Ateneo de Manila, De la Salle University, Miriam College, St. Paul University (Tuguegarao), University of Santo Tomas, MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology, and West Visayas State University. The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) International Affairs staff led by Director Atty. Lily Milla organized the participation of the Philippine delegation.
The conference was held in Kuala Lumpur Convention Center where over 100 exhibitors participated from countries such as Singapore, Austria, Indonesia, Turkey, Russia, China, South Korea, Hungary, Poland, Canada, USA, Spain, New Zealand, Switzerland, India, United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Netherlands, France, Belgium, Italy, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Each country featured promotional and merchandise materials relevant to their institution’s fact sheet, culture, and programs to support their partnership-building initiatives. Dialogues and sessions were also organized in smaller groups that tackled different issues in higher education.
With more than 2,500 attendees representing over 50 countries, APAIE is an annual conference of educators from around the world that aims to encourage greater cooperation between institutions, to enrich and support international programs, activities, and exchanges, and to promote the value of international education across the region and beyond. It brings together international education policy makers, practitioners, and experts from across the globe to network, improve professional skills, and learn about new developments in international education. It also aims to provide a better understanding of the key issues impacting higher education in the Asia-Pacific and those in the ASEAN countries.
HAU representatives were Senior Internationalization Officer Leopoldo Valdes and Marketing Officer Keempee Tolentino who also visited Malaysian universities Linton University in Mantin and Heriot-Watt University in Putrajaya for site tours and benchmarking thrusts.