EXPERTS in university development operations programs worldwide are expected to convene on February 3 to 4 at Hotel Elizabeth in Baguio City.

University officials, program and project managers, leaders, coordinators, implementers, government officials and donors who have actual experiences and valuable insights in university development cooperation programs worldwide as well as other interested participants are expected to attend the International Conference on Best Practices in University Development through International Cooperation.

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The international conference aims to discuss and exchange experiences in the field of developing higher education through international collaboration.

It also aims to present models and case studies in international university collaboration and discuss the challenges and opportunities that are encountered in university development cooperation.

Saint Louis University, Benguet State University and the Vlaamse Interuniversitaire Raad (Flemish Interuniversity Council)-Philippines Institutional University Cooperation Program (VLIR-PIUC) jointly organized the event.

Scheduled to deliver messages in the opening program are Belgian ambassador Christian Meerschman and Commission on Higher Education chair Doctor Emmanuel Angeles.

The keynote speakers are Alistair Macdonald, the head of the European Commission delegation to the Philippines, and Professor Supachai Yavaprabhas, the director of the Southeast Asia Ministers of Education Organization, Regional Center for Higher Education.

The conference will also feature an array of distinguished and world-renowned speakers and presenters in the plenary sessions.

This international conference caps 10 years of fruitful partnership between SLU and BSU under the VLIR-PIUC program.

The details on registration and other information about the conference are posted in http://www.uidc_conference. You may also e-mail the PIUC conference secretariat at

You may call SLU at (074) 444-8246 (to 48) loc 281 (Cez Mercado) or loc 297 (Eds Cortes) or telefax (074) 442-2842 or 442-4288 (Attention: PIUC secretariat); or BSU at telefax (074) 422-5547 (Lucy Villanueva). (Nito Meneses)