Ecozone chair is UK education ambassador PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 10:53

The British Embassy has named Zamboanga City Special Economic Zone Authority and Freeport chair and administrator Christopher Arnuco as one of seven Filipino  UK Education Ambassadors.

Lynn Ayers Plata of the British Embassy in Manila said the seven Filipinos had studied in the United Kingdom and brought back to the country their academic experience abroad to help the Philippines government in  its  economic development efforts.

Plata named the seven UK Education Ambassadors as ZamboEcoZone chair and administrator  Arnuco, Roberto de Ocampo OBE, Jose Luis Gascon, Kenneth Hartigan-Go, Jessica Hermosa, Karen Hipol and Ma Luz Vilches.

Arnuco is  a graduate in MA in International Development: Public Policy and Management at the  University of Manchester in  2009

The ZamBoEcoZone was established in this city to attract local and foreign investors, generate employment opportunities, and encourage the regional dispersal of industries.

Plata said  three of the UK Education Ambassadors – Arnuco, Gascon, Hermosa and Hipol – are alumni of the UK Government’s Chevening Programme.

The seven have also been chosen for their intelligence, vision and dedication to make a difference in their home country.

The UK Education Ambassadors will help communicate and be role models for what is best about education opportunities in the UK and the Chevening Scholarship scheme.

De  Ocampo, OBE is a graduate  in Diploma in Development Administration at the University of  London School of Economics in 1971. He is presently  the  chairman of the Philippine Veterans Bank and chairman of the British Alumni Association.

Hermosa  is a graduate in MA International Relations: International Political Economy at the  University of Birmingham in 2013. She is  now  an Economic Policy Communications Consultant

Dr. Vilches is a graduate of MA Folk Life Studies at the University of Leeds in 1980, MA English Language in Literary studies at the University of Nottingham in 1988 and PHD Applied Linguistics  at the Lancaster University in 2001. she is at present  the : Dean, School of Humanities, Ateneo de Manila University.

Hipol is a graduate in  Master of Philosophy (M. Phil.) in Bioscience Enterprise,  Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge in 2012. He is now  a Life Science Innovation Consultant.

Chito Gascon is a graduate in International Law at the  University of Cambridge in 1997. He is now  the  Undersecretary, Office of Political Affairs at Malacañang.

Dr.  Hartigan-Go is a  Postgraduate Doctorate degree in clinical pharmacology and toxicology at the  University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, The Wolfson Unit of Clinical Pharmacology. He is now the acting Director General, Food and Drugs Administration of the  Department of Health.

The Chevening Scholarships, Plata said, are funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organizations, operate in 118 countries worldwide, and this year will support over 600 established or emerging leaders.

Awards are typically for a one-year Master’s degree, in any subject and at any of the UK’s leading universities, according to Plata.

Applications to the Chevening Programme for SY 2014-15 are still open  for those  Filipinos who are interested to apply may submit their applications until 15 November 2013.

Over 1,000 post-graduate and under-graduate students from the Philippines go to the UK annually to benefit from a world-class education.

The UK has an excellent reputation in education and research, underscored by the 500,000 international students who study in the UK each year.

These students are capitalizing on the unique opportunity a UK education has  in building a global network of continuing professional significance. — Nonoy E. Lacson