Silliman University is planning to ensure admission of freshmen students by 2016.
Office of Information and Publication (OIP) Director Mark Raygan Garcia said that the university invites potential freshmen enrollees through its International Students Recruitment Program.
“We are intensifying our international students recruitment program to ensure admission of first year students by 2016,” Garcia said.
According to Garcia, it is the first time that Silliman went to other countries to recruit international students.
The university is now targeting Southeast Asian countries including Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, and East Timor.
These countries were considered based on their existing K-12 programs, perceived need for higher education but low demand.
Last June 23-27, the university through the OIP went to Myanmar to facilitate partnership with Dagon University and Yangun University.
Garcia said that they are visiting schools with the help of Philippine embassy to talk with ambassadors and have local connections.
“We need local contacts, so we can send materials to them and they can recommend Silliman University to their students,” Garcia said.
Garcia said that connecting with the embassy calls more international students because of an easier visa processing.
The administration is hoping to achieve at least double the number of current international students in the university within the next three years.
Currently, there are around 300 international students in the university from 44 countries.
Garcia said that Silliman University ensures international exposure for the international students and its internationally accredited programs.
According to Garcia, the university offers a nurturing environment with people who can speak English well.
Silliman is among few universities in the Philippines granted Full Autonomous Status by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
International independent research institution Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) has ranked Silliman University as the Top 6 institution in the Philippines.
QS also cited Silliman as the country’s Top 2 school in the “International Students” category two years ago.
By Leslie J. Batallones