Filipino students may soon have a chance to earn two Bachelor degrees from the Philippines and Germany.
The iUCE Internationale Berufsakademie Niedersachsen in Goslar, Germany, has partnered with the University of Santo Tomas (UST) to bring the first twinning program in the country.
The iUCE International is a branch of the iVWA, a leading public private non-profit German education group for International Schools, Vocational Training and Higher Vocational Education up to Bachelor Degrees. Awarded by German Ministry of Science and Education as one of the three most innovative training institutions in 2006, the iVWA Group offers services for some 100 German International Companies like Bosch, BMW, China Telecom, EPCOS, MTU Maintenance, Oracle, SGL Carbon, Siemens, VW and more.
A memorandum of agreement for the program was recently signed by the iUCE, headed by Prof. Eric Swehla, President of iVWA, and the UST, represented by Prof. Ma. Socorro P. Calara, Dean of the College of Commerce & Business Administration.
The twinning program, which is expected to start in June 2013, will be fully conducted in the English language. The first program to be offered is a “Bachelor in International Business Management”, but technical Bachelors such as “Bachelor in Solar-Energy”, “Bachelor in Wind-Energy” and “Bachelor in Green Shipping” are planned for the near future.
Students will spend at least three study modules in companies in order to achieve a highly practical oriented qualification. But apart from the practical orientation the students will receive from partners from the industrial sector, they will also have the opportunity to study and practice in Germany for one year.
“We are quite optimistic that we are going to set a new benchmark for University education in the Philippines with our excellent partner and I cannot see why we should not achieve our common goals” said Prof. Eric Swehla.