Canadian Embassy donates books to University of the Philippines, explores educational linkages

As part of activities being undertaken by a number of embassies to bring greater awareness of the Francophonie grouping of French-speaking countries, the Embassy of Canada has donated a selection of French language books and study materials to the University of the Philippines (U.P.). This donation will support the French language studies program within the Department of European Languages at U.P.

“With one of our two official languages being French, as well as our deep historical and contemporary ties to Francophone culture, the Canadian Embassy is proud to support the study of the French language in the Philippines,” said Ambassador Neil Reeder in making the presentation to U.P. President Dr. Alfredo E. Pascual.

“Our donation of books will provide students with a window into the language, and help build a better understanding of the rich and dynamic foundation which is the basis for French culture in general, and French-Canadian culture specifically.”

While meeting with the U.P. President and Prof. Danilo Manarpaac, Chair, Department of European Languages, Ambassador Reeder also highlighted the opportunities that exist for exploring increased educational linkages, and study opportunities for Filipino students in Canada.

“Canada is a world leader in post-secondary research, outpacing other G-7 countries on investment in higher education. Our universities are engaged in innovative research in the fields of health, nanotechnology, biotechnology, high-performance computing, environmental technologies, nutraceuticals, and renewable fuels, among other sectors. I believe there are opportunities for knowledge sharing and linkages between Canadian and Filipino institutions that have tremendous educational, social and commercial value.” Ambassador Reeder said.

Undergraduate and graduate studies in Canada represent a tremendous opportunity for students from the Philippines to advance their career opportunities, and increase their international awareness. Canada is a major international study destination, with over 265,000 international students in Canada.

"A growing number of international students choose Canada for a high-quality education experience in a multicultural environment, for access to global career opportunities, and for an exciting cross-cultural experience. I hope to see more Philippines students studying in Canada, and more educational exchanges in order to create the skills and foster the ideas that will benefit both countries.”

March 31, 2014

For more information, please contact:
Carlo Figueroa
Public Affairs Officer
Embassy of Canada
Tel: (02) 8579026