UM welcomes Indonesian guests

Students from Grade 11 and 12 levels of the Indonesian School of Davao looked forward to the facilities, programs, and inviting school culture of the University of Mindanao after a successful campus visit last Wednesday, Feb. 7.

Accompanied by Indonesian Consul General Berlian Napitupulu and school staff, the students; who are descendants of Indonesians living in Davao city, were encouraged to air their questions to no less than Senior Vice President for Academic Planning Services Dr. Ronnie V. Amorado, and Vice President for External Relations and International Affairs Dr. Reynaldo Castro, who provided information on scholarships, internationalization programs, the school’s unique term system, and future developments that are assured to enhance the college experience of the students.

UMian Indonesian student Chadijah Saraswati, taking up her final year in BS Psychology program also assured the students that their concerns would be fully handled by UM, as there is a designated point person handling their legal documents , school documents, and the like; at the Admissions office.

Saraswati regaled the students of her experience at UM: the environment that respected all religions and backgrounds, and joked that one of her favorite things about UM was that it did not have mandatory uniforms.

“You can express yourself through your clothing, but in a responsible way of course,” she said.

Consul General Napitupulu expressed how their institution was eager to expand their external relations with colleges and universities in the city, and felt their students would immediately take a liking to the environment of UM, its array of programs and scholarships, and opportunities to further their education and life experiences.

Dr. Amorado and Dr. Castro with Consul General Napitupulu (center) and Indonesian School of Davao officials. They are flanked by their Grade 11 and 12 students who toured UM Matina campus’ grounds and facilities.

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