The Philippines is set to promote its premier quality education at affordable prices through a Philippine delegation composed of representatives from top local universities and accredited institutions at the World Education Expo Festival (WEEF) 2016 on February 20-21 at Balai Katini in Jakarta, Indonesia.

“The Philippine education sector has much to offer to the Indonesian market and we are optimistic that this event will bode well for the strengthening of the Philippines’ bilateral relations with Indonesia,” said Senen M. Perlada, Export Marketing Bureau (EMB) Director.

EMB of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in partnership with the Foreign Trade Service Corps (FTSC) organized this years’ participation to WEEF, the Indonesia’s biggest education expo. This participation is part of the government’s initiatives in exploiting opportunities presented by regional and preferential-trading arrangements to expand market access within existing trade partners, exploring new trade partners, and developing new export products.

The outbound business mission (OBM) is a follow through initiative of the government to develop the country’s export potential in the following services: information technology-business process management (IT-BPM) such as healthinformation management (HIM), software development, game development, animation, and back-office services; medical tourism; retirement services; and education services.

WEEF is expecting to attract over 10,000 students from over 100 high schools and universities in Indonesia who seek to further their education in distinguished overseas institutions. “We are looking forward to a productive meeting with education institutions, educational consultants, students, parents and other interested parties wishing to form joint venture agreements, franchising and other forms of collaboration with the participating institutions,” said Alma Argayoso, Philippine Embassy’s Commercial Counselor in Indonesia.

Highlighting the OBM is the business matching activity where the Philippine delegation expects to meet the major players and develop a network of cooperation that will strengthen the country’s education services.

On the event, the Philippines will also have an opportunity to showcase a pavilion of 11 of the best schools and institutions in the country including Enderun Colleges, University of Asia and the Pacific, Asia Care Inc., Lyceum University of the Philippines, University of Mindanao, University of Bohol, WCC Aeronautical and Technological College, Asian Institute of Aviation, Airworks Aviation Academy, JNBM Amazing Arts Philippines, and Phinma Education Network (PEN).

PEN will represent six higher education institutions strategically located in key cities in the Philippines composed of Araullo University in Cabanatuan City, Cagayan de Oro College in Cagayan de Oro City, University of Pangasinan in Dagupan City, University of Iloilo in Iloilo City, Southwestern University in Cebu City, and Career Academy Asia in Metro Manila.

With a population of 250 million, Indonesia offers a lot of opportunities to Philippine institutions. Indonesian demand for better education and good learning environment, desire to study and improve English proficiency, desire to be independent, earn money and build network are the opportunities that the country can maximize through this education expo.

The Philippines is considered an excellent choice with its affordable tuition fees and cost of living, cultural similarities, and high-quality education with English as its primary medium of instruction. It also provides a multicultural learning atmosphere combined with fun and an enjoyable stay in the country. The Philippines and Indonesia both belong to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). For more details on the Philippines’ participation at the WEEF, interested parties may communicate through email at: jakarta@philippinetrade.org or telephone numbers: (+62) 21 315 0109 or (+62) 21 310 0334. (END)