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BU welcomes 8 new foreign students; 6 BUeños embark on international engagements

August 30, 2023

Aside from welcoming the first-year, transferees, and returning students for the new academic year, Bicol University, through the International Relations Office, also embraced the arrival of eight foreign students from around the world and prepared for the departure of six BUeños on their international programs. 

Sharing this news on his Facebook post, Dr. Dimson M. Rivero, Director of BUIRO and Dean of BU College of Business, Economics, and Management (CBEM), announced the arrival of three inbound foreign students: Vilfred Jensen from Denmark, Frauke Sauthoff from Germany, and Hugo Durand from Canada, who were all accepted as Grade 11 – HUMSS International Students in the BU College of Education Integrated Laboratory High School, as part of the American Field Service (AFS) Exchange Students Program. 

Meanwhile, in CBEM, two foreign students from VIVES University of Applied Sciences, Belgium, were welcomed. One of these two foreign students, Irene Ginette Vanslambrouck is currently enrolled in BS Economics, and the other, Hannah Elisabeth Vrijdags is with the BS Entrepreneurship program. This student exchange program was made possible through a General Bilateral Agreement on International Cooperation between BU and VIVES. 

In another IRO-related program under the Southeast Asia Student Teacher Program, the university warmly welcomed Resya Putri Ananda and Trisaqina Yuan Najwa from the University of Lampung, Indonesia, and Sasikan Phonkiertkhiri from Lampang Rajabhat University, Thailand. They are enrolled in programs under the College of Education. 

On the other hand, six BUeños were bound for two international programs. Winkie Bernaldez and Gerard Vincent Chavenia from the College of Arts and Letters both qualified for the Global Korea Scholarship (GKS) program at Dongseo University, South Korea, for four months. 

Cydie B. Bigtas and Divine E. Nunezare are bound for Indonesia, while Ivan N. Palencia is bound for Thailand in a one-month immersion under the Sea Teacher Project or the Pre-Service Student Teacher Exchange in Southeast Asia. | by Arnold C. Noda, MPS I – BUCPRO

Photos from Dimson Moral Rivero/Facebook