MANILA -- The European Union (EU) will hold the 2018 European Higher Education Fair (EHEF) at the Shangri-La Plaza on Oct. 10 for Filipinos who want to pursue studies in any of the bloc's member states.

Organized by the delegation of the European Union to the Philippines, together with EU Member States’ Embassies and Cultural Groups, and in partnership with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), EHEF 2018 will feature universities and higher education institutions (HEIs) from EU member states.

This year’s theme, “Sustaining Innovation and Excellence”, continues to promote EU as an outstanding center of quality in higher education.

During EHEF 2018's press launch on Thursday, EU Ambassador Franz Jessen stressed that education is one of the priority areas of cooperation between the EU and the Philippines in the bilateral Partnership and Cooperation Agreement.

"Higher education however needs to take into account changing technology and internationalization to provide students with the right skills and qualifications," he pointed out.

"We hope that the European Higher Education Fair 2018 will pave the way for Filipino youth to have better access to information about the EU higher educational systems," he added.

This year's EHEF will feature 32 HEIs from Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

Since 2012, the EHEF has become a regular feature of the European Union Delegation's public diplomacy outreach. The following are the participating universities/HEIs for EHEF 2018:

Belgium
• Ghent University
• University of Antwerp
• University of Hasselt


Czech Republic
• Masaryk University
• Mendel University in Brno
• Study in Prague Consortium, made up of the following institutions: Czech University of Life Sciences; Czech Technical University; Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design; Academy of Performing Arts; Charles University; University of Economics; and University of Chemistry and Technology
• Technical University of Liberec

Denmark
• Aarhus University
• International Business Academy

France
• Audencia Business School
• IESEG School of Management
• INSEEC Business School
• Universite Catholique de l’Ouest
• Vatel Hotel & Tourism Business School – Bordeaux

Germany
• TU Dortmund
• Rheinland Institute
• University of Regensberg
• WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management

Hungary
• Central European University

Italy
• Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
• Istituto Marangoni

Netherlands
• IHE Delft Institute for Water Education
• Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) Erasmus University Rotterdam
• International Institute of Social Studies
• Maastricht School of Management
• TIAS School for Business and Society

Spain
• IE Business School
• Universidad Catolica San Antonio de Murcia

Sweden
• Lund University
• Stockholm University

UK
• Joint Development of Niche Programmes through Philippines-United Kingdom Linkages (TNE 10)

Admission to the fair is free. Interested parties can pre–register online via www.ehef–philippines.com. (PNA)