EUROPE BOUND: EU Universities Opens Its Doors for Filipino Post-grad School Aspirants

Europe has always been an enigmatic continent for me. Its diversified culture had always been an enticing place to visit as advance learning, history and rich culture epitomizes the finer things in life. But why visit, when you can actually work there? Better yet, get a chance to study there!

The world is getting smaller and smaller, and everything in the world is getting connected in more ways than one. It is an advantage that we can truly embrace and be grateful for.

Among the things that is within reach is getting a European education. Lately, more and more millennials have become atracted to the prospect of having more than just getting a college degree – they strive to seek new ways of learning both here in the country and internationally.

In our country alone, we have posted more post-grad enrollees, especially in the fields of law, medicine and business administration, than in the past decades.

People now pursue and value post-graduate studies like never before, and millenials feel that an undergrad degree just won’t cut it in the age of more demanding and competitive job markets. One way achieving higher learning is to study abroad – Europe specifically.


Studying in European Universities has become a top choice or the next phase of each graduate’s post-grad aspirations. Thankfully, one of the European Union’s (EU) long-term aims is to provide its member states’ schools’ offerings to deserving students outside Europe.

Come November 10, 2016, at Fairmont Hotel in Makati, students, faculty, academicians and those who are aspiring to pursue post-graduate studies abroad will have a chance to know more about EU higher education systems and their institutions at the European Higher Education Fair (EHEF).

EHEF is organized by the European Commision in the Philppines and the EU Delegration in the Philippines, in cooperation with Commission on Higher Education (CHED).



Now on its 5th year, the EHEF’s theme is “Sustaining Innovation and Excellence,” which features topnotch European schools and universities from EU countries, as well as their different post-graduate programs and specific requirements to orient aspiring students.

The EU Delegation to the Philippines’ Minister Counsellor Mr. Mattias Lentz said that EU universities are known for their strong emphasis on creativity, innovation, and most of all, cutting-edge technology for curriculum support.
“EHEF will pave the way for Filipino students to experience these diversified and excellent programmes, including master’s and doctorate degrees of EU universities Europe is also welcoming to foreign students from all over the world, social activities are well programmed to make the students feel at home and mobility of the students across Europe and other countries outside Europe is also incorporated,” Mr. Lentz said.




During the open pressconference held today at the Fairmont Hotel in Makati, different successful students and delegates both from the Philippines and other countries who have studied in Europe shared their experiences, challenges they encountered during their European education stint.

Nicolai Holdgaard Hansen, a 25-year old Danish law student from the University of Coppenhagen, is currently undergoing his internship at Embassy of Denmark in Manila. He encourages students to painstakingly search their perfect post-graduate school.

In another light, Fernando Zapico; Education Adviser at the Embassy of Spain; said studying in Spain offers a unique perk: language spoken by nearly 500 million people in the world.

He shares that the most popular course in Spain for foreign students is Business Administration. Other top courses include Health Studies (Medicine and Nursing), Engineering, Humanities, Architecture, Tourism and Culinary Studies.


Ms. Noa Sainz-Lopez, an Environmental Science degree holder from the University of Barcelona, said that European learning culture is rooted in excellence. Lopez is currently a Junior Professional at the EU Delegation to the Philippines.

“You can find the oldest universities there, where student culture is deeply in cities’ life. Some are still outstanding universities in their fields. Apart from history and quality, you can easily increase your net of contacts and absorb new ideas from different countries, ” said Lopez, who also gained a Master of Science (MSci) in Water and Coastal Management from the Unibersity of Plymouth in the United Kingdom.

Another reason to study in EU is that many schools offer vatious degree programmes in English. According to German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Lecturer Katharina McGrath, there are 280 Filipino students enrolled in Germany, majority of whom are enrolled in Law, Economy & Business, and Social Sciences courses.

“Education is free, regardless of their financial background, and living expense assistance is provided by German Government. Facilities are state-of-the-art, and courses offer even greater in-depth specialization, even at the undergraduate level,” Katharina said.

EHEF is supported by media partners Philippine Star online, Business Mirror, and Crossover 105.1. Admission to EHED is free. Students, faculty and academicians are invited to register early at or visit for more details, or check EHEFPhilippines on Facebook.

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