President, Yango University
PARTNER'S TESTIMONY 合作伙伴的见证
MESSAGE OF THE PRESIDENT 校长的演讲
Honorable leaders, professors, and dear classmates,
Good morning everyone! At first glance, many of the students present are actually my friends or friends of friends. I am very glad to be able to meet you in Metro Manila, Philippines. And it is a great honor to be here to share some of my insights with you.
The basic information about National University of the Philippines and Asia Pacific College is introduced on the APC’s official website, and was also presented during the conference session just now, such as their history, faculty, and academic achievements. Of course, what is more important is that we already felt the sincerity, enthusiasm, wisdom, and professionalism of the leaders and professors from national universities and Asia Pacific Colleges. Thank you, Presidents and Professors.
As a strategic partner of the National University and the Asia Pacific College of the National University, as well as the admission ambassador for China area, today I would like to talk about the advantages for Chinese people choosing to pursue a graduate degree at the National University of the Philippines.
Firstly, in terms of study time, studying in the Philippines as graduate students has significant advantages. It usually takes three years for postgraduate students in mainland China to accomplish their studies, while it only takes one year and four months for Philippines master students.
在中国大陆取得博士学位一般要4到6年，而在菲律宾最快只需要两年。时间是最珍贵的， 30岁 35岁 40岁，都是我们职业生涯的重要节点，一步领先、步步领先。踏准节奏，赢得人生。
It usually takes four to six years to get a doctorate degree in mainland China, while it only takes two years at the earliest in the Philippines. Time is the most precious. The age of 30, 35, and 40, are all important milestones in our career, respectively. It should step on the rhythm and win a say in life.
The second point is that the tuition fees and living expenses in the Philippines are relatively low, which is an important advantage compared to studying in other countries.
Previously, studying abroad was a shortcut for children from wealthy family to pursue higher education. The tuition fee for European and American universities is more than 300,000 yuan per year, and the living expenses are at least 200,000 yuan. The total cost is at least 600,000 yuan every year. Only wealthy families can afford it. And the cost of studying in the Philippines is only one eighth of that in European and American countries, making “studying abroad” enter into the homes of ordinary people.
Thirdly, the English environment in the Philippines is particularly good. The Philippines is the third largest English speaking country in the world. Many multinational companies in Europe and America have set up their voice customer service business in the Philippines, which is why the Philippines is also known as the World Call Center.
You see, when you come to the Philippines to study, all Filipinos are your English teachers. Whenever you are eating, studying, shopping, or traveling, the English teachers accompany you to practice English anytime and anywhere. It is easy to learn English well in such an immersive language environment.
Of course, there are still many discrepancies in cognition for Chinese citizens in studying in the Philippines.
For example, someone asked whether CSCSE certifies the academic qualifications of the Philippines? In fact, as early as November 2009, the Chinese government and the Philippines’ government signed the “Agreement on Mutual Recognition of Academic Degrees between China and the Philippines”.
Some people also ask whether it is very valueless for a master’s degree student in the Philippines to finish studies over a year? Actually, many master’s degrees in the UK have a duration of one year, while many master’s degrees in the United States have a duration of two years. The mainstream master’s degree program in the world is one to two years. It almost only happens in China that it takes three years to get a master’s degree.
还有人说，菲律宾是贫穷欠发达的国家，我们为什么要去的这样的国家留学? 我告诉大家菲律宾国家人口总数、土地面积与中国相比是的确一个小国。我们不应该拿国家与国家对比，而是要把我们生活的城市与菲律宾马尼拉对比。我给大家这样一个参考。Some people say that the Philippines is an underdeveloped country, why do we want to study in such a country? The total population and land area of the Philippines are smaller than those of China. But I will present you the following as reference.
In the ranking of Asian cities, Tokyo ranked first, Singapore ranked second, Shanghai and Hong Kong ranked third and fourth, Shenzhen ranked eighth, Guangzhou ranked tenth, followed by Metro Manila.
At the same time, the Philippines is also a diverse and dynamic country. We know that in the history of the Philippines, it was first ruled by the Spanish for over 300 years, then it became a colony of the United States. During World War II, it was occupied by Japan for three years. Established in 1946, many political and economic systems of the Philippines were inherited from the United States.
Of course, we can also choose Thailand and Malaysia for studying abroad, but the cultural influence of these countries is limited in the Asia Pacific region, while the influence of the Philippines extends beyond the Asia Pacific region and has closer ties with Western countries. We can experience different cultures here, expand our horizons and accumulate our international connections.
Of course, if you are a gourmet, you can experience Spanish food made by Spaniards, Japanese cuisine made by Japanese, Korean cuisine made by Korean, and Italian food made by Italians in Manila. Of course, there are also our Chinese cuisine.
总之，作为中国学生来菲律宾国家大学攻读研究生学历，我们能够获得优质的教育、丰富的研究资源、国际化的学术环境以及多元文化的交流机会。In short, as a Chinese student studying for a postgraduate degree in the National University of the Philippines, we can obtain high-quality education, rich research resources, an international academic environment and multicultural exchange opportunities.
In the context of economic globalization, these advantages will contribute to our academic growth and career development, laying a solid foundation for our future.
When we are back to China, we can confidently and responsibly tell our friends that if we study abroad, please choose the Philippines and choose the centenary National University of the Philippines to be the alumni with the three presidents of the Philippines.