ILOILO CITY, August 9 (PIA6) --- Ilonggo students here are upbeat on the vast benefits and opportunities that ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) integration can bring to the young people in the region.
In a focus group discussion (FGD) recently conducted by the Philippine Information Agency-6 Iloilo Information Center, student respondents from three different universities in this city said they look forward to new prospects in education and more employment opportunities with the onset of the ASEAN integration.
Vincent Michael Brillo, journalism student from West Visayas State University (WVSU), said ASEAN integration can pave way to increasing student mobility in Southeast Asia.
“I believe there will be more opportunities for student exchange programs and scholarship grants that students can avail,” he said.
Brillo expressed his intention to take part in various regional trainings and workshops spearheaded by the organization Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative (YSEALI), which is a program aiming to strengthen leadership development and networking in ASEAN.
RJ Junsay, Chemical Engineering student of the University of San Agustin, said she is optimistic on the implementation of more research programs involving ASEAN students.
She said that the integration can possibly provide platforms for research collaboration among students in various universities in ASEAN.
Christine Grace Gumban, an Education student at St. Paul University Iloilo, said that ASEAN will benefit young individuals with new job opportunities.
“When I graduate from college, I hope I could also work in another ASEAN country,” she said.
Meanwhile, in an ASEAN multi-sectoral forum held recently at WVSU, Atty. Lily Freida Milla, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) International Affairs Staff Director III, said that opportunities abound for the country's colleges and universities in the ASEAN community.