Dr. Jerielyn V. Reyes, News, Institute for Continuing Professional Development
Students from the National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism (NKUHT) of Taiwan completed the 60 hours of the English Enhancement Program under the PUP Institute of Continuing Professional Development (ICPD) on September 5, 2023.
The program was implemented through the collaboration of different offices such as the Office of the International Affairs (OIA), Institute of Continuing and Professional Development (ICPD), the Department of English, Foreign Languages, and Linguistics (DEFLL), and the University Center for Culture and the Arts (UCCA) as part of the internationalization effort of PUP.
The delegations from NKUHT arrived on August 22, 2023, and were warmly welcomed at the Communication Foundation Asia where they were housed all through their three-week stay. The delegates are from the Hospitality and Tourism program and are enrolled in undergraduate, master’s, and doctorate programs. During Day 1, UCCA artists performed songs and dances like “putong” to express the community’s acceptance of its guests.
Aside from English language construction and fluency in speaking in English, the Taiwanese students were introduced to Philippine culture, immersing themselves in Philippine celebrations, food, local music and dance, local games, and different modes of transportation. The delegates also toured different historical and cultural places like Museo El Deposito, Baluarte de San Diego, and the National Museum of Fine Arts and National History.
During the closing ceremony on September 5, 2023, Dr. Carmencita L. Castolo, Dr. Evangelina S. Seril, and Dr. Karla C. Bien expressed their gratitude to NKUHT and their officials for choosing PUP as their international partner institution for this program. Dr. Hsiao-I Hou, the Director of the Language Center from NKUHT conveyed their interest in another batch of delegates to be sent for the same program for the first quarter of 2024.
The Taiwanese students through their class representative, Chen, Sung-Yu “Barry” showed their appreciation to PUP for all their assistance and especially the friendship and camaraderie built that made their trip very memorable. Letters of appreciation and small tokens were given by the delegates to PUP faculty, staff, and student volunteers who were part of the program.
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