27 November, 2015. Manila, Philippines. From November 25-27 2015, the Rector of the University for Peace, Dr. Francisco Rojas Aravena; the Dean of International Cooperation, Dr. Juan Carlos Sainz-Borgo; and Programme Coordinator, Laurel Gaylor; visited Manila, Philippines to attend the graduation ceremony of the 8th cohort of Asian Peacebuilders Scholarship (APS) students.
The Commencement Ceremony was held on 27 November 2015, at AdMU University Campus, where twenty-four students completed all graduation requirements and were conferred with their respective MA degrees for the dual degree programme in partnership with Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU). Students and guests received addresses from Father Jose Ramon T.
Villarin (President, Ateneo de Manila University), Dr. Francisco Rojas Aravena (Rector UPEACE), Mr. Takeju Ogata (President, The of Nippon Foundation), as well as a keynote speech from Mr. Ola Almgren, Resident Coordinator, United Nations Philippines. As is customary, the annual APS International Advisory Board (IAB) meeting was also held on the day of the graduation, as well as fruitful meetings with The Nippon Foundation and Ateneo de Manila University.
Two additional events were held around the graduation, one an alumni sharing-of-experiences, followed by Projects Presentation and Poster Sessions featuring the experiences of the graduating class during the implementation of their field projects, which constitute their final graduation projects for both MA degrees. For the alumni event, 4 alumni were asked to share their stories with the APS graduates, as well as their recommendations for post-APS professional life.
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