In a significant initiative to foster international collaboration and provide students with a unique learning experience, the Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA) recently organized the Pre-departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) on January 22, 2024, at the OVPBEA Office, CBSUA, Pili campus for the upcoming North Intensive Program (NIP) bound for Belgium.

The International Relations Office, operating under the Office of Business and External Affairs, spearheaded the PDOS, a crucial session for the seven student participants and their parents. The seminar was also attended by the teacher-coaches who will accompany the students during the NIP. 

Dr. Alberto Naperi, the university president, and Prof. Armando Cesar S. Camba, Sr., Vice President for Business and External Affairs, graced the occasion with their inspirational messages and reminders to the student delegates and their parents. Dr. Cherry Love B. Montales, Director of the International Relations Office, took the opportunity to discuss migration facts, destination country culture, university requirements related to travel, and the re-entry plan.

The head of the delegation, Dr. Vladimir Foronda, shed light on the rationale behind the NIP program and outlined the expected activities during its duration. Following this, the teacher delegates who will serve as coaches, namely Prof. Philip N. Talay, Dindy Deanne V. Orit, and Engr. Lynet C. Alto facilitated the students’ preliminary preparations.

The North Intensive Program is a collaborative effort between several universities in the Philippines, including CBSUA and the Howest University, scheduled for January 26 to February 12, 2024, in Belgium. This year, CBSUA will be represented by seven students and four teacher coaches. The student-delegates are Emmanuel A. Dematera, Lourdes Maria I. Apongol, Hanna Pearl M. Santelices Faye Boncodin, Cindy C. Medalla, John Odo Esguerra and Rendel M. Del Valle.

This international endeavor not only enhances the academic experience of the participating students but also strengthens the university’s commitment to global education and cultural exchange. As these young minds embark on this educational journey, they carry the aspirations and hopes of a university dedicated to producing globally competitive and culturally aware graduates. The CBSUA community eagerly anticipates this program’s positive impact on the students and the university’s international standing. | 𝘙𝘦𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘋𝘳. 𝘊𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘳𝘺 𝘓𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘉. 𝘔𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘭𝘦𝘴, 𝘐𝘙𝘖 𝘋𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘰𝘳; 𝘗𝘩𝘰𝘵𝘰𝘴 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘋𝘳. 𝘝𝘭𝘢𝘥𝘪𝘮𝘪𝘳 𝘍𝘰𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘥𝘢 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘔𝘴. 𝘡𝘺𝘳𝘢 𝘉𝘢𝘭𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘏𝘪𝘭𝘢

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