USA joins EHEF Philippines 2021

The University of San Agustin participated in the recently concluded European Higher Education Fair (EHEF) Philippines (, held online from 1-2 October 2021. Representatives of various universities from the European Union member countries participated in the Fair to encourage Filipinos to study and earn their post-graduate degrees in Europe.

The University also participated in the Fair on 2 October 2021 for the topic “Creating Partnerships Amidst this Pandemic Sharing of Best Practices: CALESA Capacity Building for Legal Advancement in the Philippines” ( as one of the partner institutions of CALESA.

Dean Jose Mari Tirol of the College of Law, the CALESA Program Coordinator, represented the University of San Agustin. He emphasized that while the multi-year CALESA Project started just this year, the University is already complying with its commitment to gradually upgrade and modernize the curriculum of its Juris Doctor program, in line with the goals of the Project. Furthermore, CALESA will also result in upgrading the curricula of the University’s undergraduate general education courses and the AB Political Science and BS Foreign Service programs of the College of Liberal Arts Sciences and Education.

As part of its commitments under CALESA, he also noted that the University co-hosted the Multilingualism Seminar with Ateneo de Zamboanga University in June 2021. It will co-organize three other seminars: one on global history and global citizenship in 2022, and one on the Modernization of Contract and Obligation Law, and the other on the Modernization of Family and Succession Law, in 2023.

Lastly, Dean Tirol underscored the University’s openness to more collaborations to address and resolve common issues and interests that transcend political boundaries.

The Program Coordinators of the other member-institutions of the CALESA Project, namely the Universidad de Malaga (UMA), Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL), Universidad de Deusto, University College Dublin (UCD), University of the Philippines (UP), Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU), Ateneo de Zamboanga (AdZU), and the Philippine Judicial Academy, also presented their institutions’ commitments and contributions to the Project.