Around fifty educators from Holy Cross of Davao College and from the different higher education institutions (HEIs) attended the research seminar-workshop and information sharing which was hosted by HCDC at the 7th Floor, Function Hall and President’s Boardroom, HCDC Campus last January 9 and 10, 2023 in an effort to strengthen the educator’s research capabilities and explore research opportunities.

Dr. Monica Fröhlich, a DAAD-German Academic Exchange Service Lecturer based in the Philippines and a professor of the University of the Philippines (UP)- Diliman, facilitated the exercise designed to aid in the understanding of the research landscape and culture in Germany. She presented the procedure and prospective options available at DAAD and other funding sources for Filipino researchers who are interested in pursuing studies in Germany.

“It’s really [about] connecting and getting information and sharing information about [the] university systems here and how to connect, that’s the main goal,” Dr. Fröhlich said.

She added that one of her goals is to promote research and research actions in Germany, including funding options to Fröhlich’s organization, which is the German Academic Service.

“I would like to show them that there are many options everywhere in the world,” she emphasized.

Dr. Fröhlich is also optimistic that the event will open more opportunities for aspiring Filipino researchers to conduct studies in Germany.

The second day of the event highlighted the importance of widening the opportunities to become globally competent in the higher education institutions in Davao through an information sharing session which was attended by 15 participants.

Spearheading the two-day activity, the Center for Linkages, Internationalization, and Language Studies (Link-In & LS) Head Sheryl J. Urdaneta, also emphasized the importance of nurturing and advancing individuals who are globally competent.

“People are hungry for information nowadays. That is why it is very important to go beyond the region,” Urdaneta stressed.

Meanwhile, Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Teresa P. Fabiana hopes that through these activities, universities and colleges will be able to intensify their research programs and academic practices.

“May this workshop inspire more contributors in research and information – concerning and affecting our community and society,” Dr. Fabiana said.

The two-day event was attended by the chair of Davao Colleges and Universities Network (DACUN)–Internationalization Committee Rene M. Barbiera II, HCDC President Br. Noelvic H. Deloria, S.C., selected students and faculty of HCDC, and representatives from Brokenshire College Inc., Kolehiyo ng Pantukan, Davao de Oro State College, San Pedro College, University of Mindanao-Bansalan, Rizal Memorial Colleges, Central Mindanao Colleges, University of Mindanao Digos College, Philippine Women’s College, Tagum Doctors College, University of Southeastern Philippines and the University of the Immaculate Conception.

The event was organized by the HCDC-Institute of ASEAN-European Studies (IAES) in collaboration with DACUN Internationalization Committee and in partnership with DAAD-The German Academic Exchange Service. This was the first activity of its kind that was rolled out by DAAD Philippines in Davao, and in Mindanao and the IAES hopes to continue to bring in more of similar opportunities in the coming months.