UM stages fifth successful Mobility Day

The External Relations and International Affairs Office had its fifth successful run of the Mobility Day last March 9-10, wherein outbound and inbound exchange students share their experiences in their host country; and encourage other students to take part in the exchange programs of the university.

Doubly special this year is the fact that foreign students from Libya will be graduating from their master’s degree courses this year, and certainly capped off their last Mobility Day with a bang.

There were singing and dancing, and an eagerly awaited food bazaar courtesy of students from Libya and Chad, who showcased the best of their motherland’s meals, desserts, coffee, and native decorations to the delight of their fellow students.

Attendees also got to hear the insights of students from the fourth batch of outbound exchange students, namely; Alvaro Luis Madrazo, who studied in Malaysia; Junel Garsuta, who studied in Thailand; Fey Isabelle Ganancial, Nick Julia and Sarah Pasa, who studied in Taiwan; and Jed Cristal Bentillo, who studied in South Korea.

Returning students from the fourth batch of the outbound exchange program included Kenneth Namoc, Mark Anthony Garvida, Irrah Joyzyl Laygo, and Ma. Clarissa Pacleb (Malaysia); Ruben Tilona (Thailand), and Joseph Malabar (Taiwan); who were also able to present their experiences and insights from their short but meaningful time studying abroad.

The University of Mindanao has the UMAP (University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific) and the AIMS (ASEAN International Mobility for Students) programs under its outbound exchange programs.

Take note however that UMAP caters to students enrolled in Education and Communications-related courses, while AIMS is for students enrolled under the Engineering and International Business programs.

More information about UM’s Internationalization Programs is available on the Global section of the school website (

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