A NEW school in Lapu-Lapu City is adopting a ‘buddy system’ to promote language and cultural exchanges between locals and foreigners.
This learning strategy is currently being implemented at LapuLapu Cebu International College (LCIC) where a local student is paired with a foreign student to promote social interaction and learn about each other’s language and culture.
“We are setting a goal on cultural exchange. To sustain the culture of understanding, one of the initiatives is the adoption of a buddy system, where we partner local students with international students to foster better understanding in culture and linguistic enhancement as well,” said LCIC vice president for academic affairs Dr. Ulysses Aparece.
The buddy system also serves as a support network, especially for international students who may be navigating a new educational system and environment.
LCIC president Grace Gorospe-Jamon, PhD., said this puts their students at the forefront of their learning journey as the approach contributes to the development of well-rounded individuals who are not only academically proficient but also culturally competent and globally aware.
She stressed that the world is already in an era of internationalization, a period marked by increased global interactions, collaborations, and interconnectedness across various aspects of life, including economics, culture, technology, and education. This era has been characterized by the breaking down of barriers between nations and the growing interdependence of countries.
In the context of education, the era of internationalization may involve an increased focus on global perspectives in curriculum, international student exchange programs, and collaborations between institutions from different countries.
LCIC is a new academic institution in Lapu-Lapu City that opened in 2021. It is positioned as a multicultural learning space that equips students with research-based education, currently offering tourism management, physical therapy and foreign language courses. It also offers an English as Second Language program.
The school has announced it will soon offer a civil engineering program next school year.
Wilson Calderon, the school’s vice president for admin and finance, said they chose these programs for their students to easily land jobs abroad. He noted that graduates from these programs are in high demand globally.
LCIC also offers a foreign language program. It currently has nine short-term language courses accredited by the government’s Technical Education Skills and Development Authority and has since produced 14 batches from South Korea and Japan.
To ensure that students get the best education available, LCIC also inked partnerships with over 30 academic partners abroad, such as in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan for knowledge-sharing, among others.
“Jobs are awaiting for our students because those are prepared for them, such as an internship in Japan, for example,” said Jamon.
Owned by investors engaged in maritime business, LCIC broke ground in 2019, but its operation was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It started operating in October 2021 with 82 students who were offered full scholarships.
Calderon said the total construction cost of the school building was P1.5 billion. Besides the school buildings, LCIC also has an 820-bed capacity dormitory, with 492 single rooms and the rest for co-sharing. (KOC)