Holy Cross of Davao College (HCDC) has been chosen as one of the university partners of the European Union (EU) Delegation to the Philippines, alongside a number of educational institutions from the Philippines, in an effort to expand global presence and cooperation.

The HCDC’s continued dedication to internationalization, according to the Center for Linkages, Internationalization, and Language Studies’ (Link-In & LS) head Ms. Sheryl Urdaneta, has allowed the organization to strengthen its relationship and develop collaborations with embassies.

Through the partnership, the organization will also be able to connect with other universities, including the Ateneo de Manila University, University of Santo Tomas, Trinity University of Asia, De La Salle University, Mabalacat City Colleges, and Visayas State University.  

The partnership has the potential to establish collaborations with EU Higher Education Institutions for global academic networking, as well as a partnership with EU-based academies.

“We partnered with the European Union Delegation to the Philippines last year when we started working on establishing the Institute of ASEAN-European Studies, so when I reached out to the European Union Delegation to the Philippines, I was inquiring about the possibility of establishing partnerships with the EU Higher Education Institutions,” Urdaneta said. 

She added the partnership will bolster the global presence of HCDC.

“The beauty about having this partnership with the European Union delegation for the European Higher Education Fair is that, for one, we will further establish our global presence. Also, it will be easier for us to access other institutions under the EU umbrella, like the states-specific institutions that have to do with academics,” she said. 

She also emphasized that being part of this Delegation gives an advantage to HCDC as this will give us the avenue to connect with other international academic institutions that are also under this embassy since this is a united organization. 

“One of the benefits of building close ties with the EU is you don’t have to approach the embassies of the different states if you need information because, as you know, the way that the European Union is set up is highly centralized,” Urdaneta stressed.

As one of the university partners of the European Union (EU) Delegation to the Philippines, HCDC participated in the 2022 European Higher Education Fair (EHEF) Media Press Conference live via Zoom on October 27, 2022, with a focus on the upcoming fair on November 18-19. 

HCDC will participate and attend the fair, which will feature on-site seminars provided by the EU member states’ embassies and cultural institutes and will walk through the various higher education systems, mobility, visa requirements, culture, lifestyle, and practical information. (Christian Dave D. Rica, The New Crusader Yearbook Scholar)