In line with making the College’s brand of education more accessible, projects to develop Benilde Antipolo and Benilde Boracay, as well as steps to integrate Benilde more closely with the international community, were discussed by President Br. Dennis “Broden” Magbanua in his Town Hall Assembly yesterday, March 15, at Hotel Benilde.
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Before unveiling the two new campuses, Broden presented how the College was recognized for successfully integrating technology and becoming the first Apple-distinguished school in the tertiary level in the Philippines.
Broden then revealed the establishment of Benilde’s first campus in Antipolo. De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Antipolo will offer programs such as Accounting, Psychology, Education, and Hospitality Management.
Meanwhile, Benilde Boracay Training Center will be established by January 2019. The facility aims to provide trainings to the local community in hospitality management and tourism. It also includes a dormitory for students doing internships in Boracay hotels and associates doing service in the community.
“Internationalization starts with internalization,” Broden emphasized. Incorporating with the theme, “Ready, Get Set, World,” Benilde continues to be at par with international standards from all around the globe including Bangkok, Myanmar, Palestine, Australia, France, Italy, Japan, and Malaysia.
However, Broden also addressed certain gaps in internationalization efforts namely building foreign relationships management, using of foreign case studies in classes carefully, hiring of foreign professors, admission of foreign students, accommodating for foreigners in school dorming facilities, and sending local faculty members to train in international programs.
The Brother President further explained these gaps are only resolved through the effectiveness of our institution’s core purpose of globalizing education to maintain availability, accessibility, attitude, and energy coming from God.
“It’s not going to be easy to have a sense of oneness between Benildeans and other local and foreign nationalities at first. Thus, this would require certain programs to help build more relationship and connect with one another,” Broden said.