Mr. Jordan L. Valente, a graduate student pursuing his Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) degree at the College of Public Administration and Development Studies (CPADS), this university, was among the 24 delegates who represented the country in the 2013 ASEAN-India Students Exchange Program held in India last November 17-26, 2013.
Valente, who finished his Masters of Public Administration in 2012, is the former Editor-in-Chief of the University Digest, the official student publication of WMSU. He graduated Cum Laude in 2008 with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Physics.
The National Youth Commission (NYC) was tasked to select Filipino graduate students from universities in the Philippines and abroad to comprise the Philippine delegation to the 10-day students exchange program organized by the Ministry of External Affairs of India, and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). The program is composed of interactions and tours which included historical, cultural, leadership and economic components, enabling ASEAN students to learn more about India.
The Philippine delegation together with representatives from Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, explored the cities of Chennai, Pune, New Delhi and Agra. They also met with top government officials, leaders of non-government organizations, heads of premier corporate houses, members of prestigious academic institutions as well as Indian students and youth. Among the places they visited were Brakes India, Ltd., Maruti Suzuki, Bharat Forge, Department of Technical Education of India, SRM University, Symbiosis International University, World Vision India, Cochlea Pune for Hearing and Speech, Film and Television Institute of India Fortis Hospital in Gurgaon, Foreign Service Institute of India, and prominent heritage sites such as Humayun’s Tomb and Taj Mahal in Agra, India. The Philippine delegation also had the opportunity to visit the Philippine Embassy in India where they met with the Philippine Ambassador to India, H.E. Benito B. Valeriano and discussed the Philippine-India relations which has been in place for 60 years since 1952.
The ASEAN-India Students Exchange Program serves as a familiarization tool to build greater cultural and economic understanding between the two dynamic regions of Asia. Its primary objectives are: to build closer people-to-people links between India and ASEAN; to inculcate greater awareness and knowledge of India among ASEAN youth and bridge information gaps; to create next-generation connectivities between Indian and ASEAN youth that will facilitate increasing mutual understanding of the two vibrant and dynamic Asian regions; to apprise ASEAN youth about fast-growing sectors of the Indian economy particularly in the knowledge industries in order to foster mutually beneficial future interaction; to enable greater economic and academic cooperation between businesses and entrepreneurs of the two sides in preparation for meeting emerging imperatives of closer Asian partnership; to highlight the rich and ancient cultural heritage of India and the historical symbiosis between civilizations of the two sides as reflected in age-old travel, trade and cultural interchanges; and to provide Indian youth an opportunity to learn about ASEAN member nations through direct interaction with ASEAN students on multimodal platforms.
This is the 6th batch of graduate students sent by the Philippines to participate in the ASEAN-India Students Exchange Program which started in 2007. Mr. Valente represented Region 9 in this batch and is the very first graduate student from Zamboanga Peninsula to attend the said exchange program.