MANILA – The Higher Education Commission (CHED) and the U.S. Embassy of America on Monday signed a new CHED-Fulbright ACCORD to implement a scholarship program, send Philippine higher education institutions abroad, to attend diploma and non-graduation programs at U.S. universities. Members of the Philippine Faculty are invited to complete a graduation and non-graduate degree at U.S. universities, as the Higher Education Commission (CHED) has signed a new Ched Fulbright Scholarship Agreement with the U.S. Embassy. According to De Vera, THE CHED-Fulbright ACCORD aims to “promote the mobility of students and faculties in different fields of study and facilitate alternate missions in the Philippines and the United States for executives and interest groups in higher education.” In November 2016, CHED and PAEF awarded their first Fulbright series – CHED Fellows for Admission in September 2017, consisting of 17 competent and high-ranking CHED members J. Prospero De Vera III and U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, leader, on Monday at Fulbright`s headquarters in Mandalong City.
The Fulbright Program, founded in 1946 by U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright, is one of the world`s most recognized and prestigious scholarships. He has produced such corypheses as former Senator Rene Saguisag, former Supreme Justice and President of the Senate Marcelo Fernan, national artists Bienvenido Lumbera, Napoleon Abueva, Abdulmari Asia Imao and Lucrecia Kasilag, as well as national scientist and former CHED president Angel Alcala. CHED President De Vera was Fulbright Hays Scholar at the University of Southern California and Senior Fulbright Visiting Fellow at Johns Hopkins University. The Fulbright Program, founded in 1946 by U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright, is one of the world`s most recognized and prestigious scholarships. “The Fulbright program has given so many leaders to the Academy, industry and government.
This new agreement continues this valuable and mutually beneficial partnership between the two countries,” said De Vera. He added that the agreement of the next group of scientists will allow full funding, including assistance for tuition fees, non-university fees, monthly surcharges, airfare, transit baggage, transit allowance, doctoral thesis and other academic support, which corresponds to USD 77,250 or P3.9 million (conversion based on the date of signing) for two years.